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Is this the missing mosaic?

PUBLISHED: 15:27 24 March 2010 | UPDATED: 11:35 23 August 2010

SNAPPED: School photograph showing mosaic.

SNAPPED: School photograph showing mosaic.

A 40-YEAR-OLD photograph supplied to the Reporter by a former girls school pupil may be the vital link in locating a missing mosaic. Penny Lawson, who now lives in Essex, was visiting friends in Gravesend when she saw the appeal for information about th

A 40-YEAR-OLD photograph supplied to the Reporter by a former girls' school pupil may be the vital link in locating a missing mosaic.

Penny Lawson, who now lives in Essex, was visiting friends in Gravesend when she saw the appeal for information about the 1960s artwork by leading ceramicist Alan Boyson.

She knew she had seen the work before. "I just had this recollection that I had seen it before in a picture," she said.

"It was at school and there were some of my friends standing in front of it."

Digging around her attic, she was able to find the old photograph and contacted the Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society with her findings.

Mrs Lawson, of Saffron Walden, attended Gravesend Technical High School for Girls - also known as Wombwell Hall School for Girls - in Hall Road, Northfleet, during the late 60s. She said: "I went there after the old convent school was closed down. I know the mosaic wasn't at the convent school so it must have been there."

The ceramics society is keen to track down any existing work by eminent artist Mr Boyson, responsible for the mosaic by Cygnet House, in Windmill Street, Gravesend. Last month we appealed for information that could lead to the mosaic mystery being solved.

Wombwell Hall School for Girls was converted into an old people's home in 1988, and was then demolished in 1994.

The demolition was opposed by local historians and councillors. Now, only the lodge, stable block and a stone boundary wall remain

Chris Marsden, the society's secretary, is still hopeful the mosaic was saved and stored somewhere else.

He said: "This picture from Mrs Lawson has to be Alan Boyson's work I am looking for.

"I don't hold out much hope considering the demolition but I wonder if anyone remembers it being removed before the bulldozers went in? If so, where is it now?

If anyone has information about the mosaic they should contact Mr Marsden on 01484 656863 or the Reporter on 01474 320749.

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