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Workmen unearth mosaic

PUBLISHED: 09:41 10 December 2009 | UPDATED: 17:24 25 August 2010

Cabinet Member for Leisure, Arts and Tourism, Cllr Peter Catterall, Cllr Geraldene Lucia-Hennis and Dave Paul from Barratt Homes.

Cabinet Member for Leisure, Arts and Tourism, Cllr Peter Catterall, Cllr Geraldene Lucia-Hennis and Dave Paul from Barratt Homes.

A FOUR tonne mosaic was unearthed at a building site home to a World War II arms manufacturer.

A FOUR tonne mosaic was unearthed at a building site home to a World War II arms manufacturer.

The find was spotted on the former Samas Roneo estate in Crayford, which was once home to the Vickers engineering manufacturer, which made armaments, aircraft and cars.

A former employee told Councillor Geraldene Lucia-Hennis about the impressive mosaic that used to sit in the entrance hall, at a Crayford Archive meeting.

The councillor then visited the site, now owned by Barratt Homes and managed to find the remnants of the mosaic which has been hidden under adhesive flooring and over it was built a partition wall.

Culture councillor Peter Catterall said: "This is an absolutely fascinating find, providing a visual reminder of Crayford's significant engineering past.

"Vickers came to Crayford around the end of the 19th century, taking over from Hiram Maxim's machine gun factory. This mosaic, depicting the Vickers crest, is in remarkably good condition and it is great that thanks to Geraldene's detective work and determination and Barratts ingenuity in removing it from the concrete in which it was embedded we are now able to preserve this link to our borough's history."

A spokesperson for the council said: "One thing is for sure, it will remain in Crayford as a reminder of Vickers past and its strong links to the town.

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