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Teville Stream Mural

On the morning of the 12th of March, 18 students from KS3 were excitedly waiting to start their mural workshop day. We had been planning the day for some weeks and they had all come up with some exciting design elements to be included in the final design.

The design brief was to create a mural for the waiting room at Worthing train station. The mural had to represent the historic Teville stream that flows under the station.

After doing a lot of research about the Teville stream students found out the following information that informed the design:

  • It dates back to the Neolithic period until around 2000BC.
  • Worthing's Roman grid system, known as 'centuriation' was based on plots and their distance from the Teville stream.
  • It is possible that in medieval times a harbour was sited at the stream's estuary.
  • The Teville stream was tidal and considerably wider than it is today.
  • During WW2, the culverts of the Teville stream were re-cut to form a more effective barrier against tanks.
  • The Teville stream was used by smugglers as a way of transporting their illegal goods.

Since the Teville stream has been an important feature throughout the history of Worthing, we thought that we would like to show its continuing importance in the form of a visual timeline.

Our design included a range of materials to demonstrate the progression of the stream from Neolithic times to modern day. We symbolised this by using Papier-mâché

and cardboard fossil layers under the earth, followed by the collaged bottle top stream. Students drew the smugglers as mono prints and then incorporated mono prints of the modern day uses of the stream; including the trains that cross over it and then the animals who rely upon it as a source of food and water.

Working as three teams the students were allocated different areas of the mural to work on depending on their areas of artistic strength. The day was a huge success and students remarked on how exciting it had been to take part; working as a team to produce such an exciting piece of artwork based upon this historic local site.