Brewery Court Mosaic reveal (CDC Councillors)

Cirencester celebrates the refresh of Brewery Court

Cotswold District Council announces the completion of the £50,000 regeneration project at Brewery Court, marking a significant milestone in restoring the area's historical charm. 

Residents and business owners gathered alongside civic leaders on Friday 23 February to witness the unveiling of the newly restored hare mosaic, a centrepiece of Brewery Court's refresh efforts. 

Originally crafted as a replica of the fourth-century mosaic discovered in Beeches Road in 1971, the hare mosaic in Brewery Court had endured over 40 years of wear and tear. As part of the Council's commitment to preserving the town's heritage, the old mosaic has been replaced with a new replica of the ancient hare mosaic, designed by local artist, Russell Kirk. 

In addition to the restored mosaic, Brewery Court has undergone works to enhance its appeal as a community space. The regeneration project included the removal of outdated stone wall divisions and the installation of new seating areas and plant beds. Community spirit blooms anew thanks to local group Pheonix Gardener's efforts to replant and maintain Brewery Court’s plant beds, cultivating a greener and more vibrant area for all to enjoy.  

Commercial areas within Brewery Court have also received attention, with efforts made to conceal bins and refresh cycle posts and bollards. Collaborating with the County Council, the Cotswold District Council's tree officers have overseen the planting of new trees, further enhancing the area. The final touch will be the installation of two new benches which are due to be installed now that the mosaic has been installed. 

Cllr Joe Harris, Leader of the Council, said: “I’ve grown up in Cirencester and seen it go from a popular space to gather for a coffee with friends or perhaps enjoy a sandwich on a lunch break to a sad space that looked run down and in need of life. Giving Brewery Court the attention it deserves has been a priority of mine since I became Leader and I’m thrilled that our plans to improve the area have now been completed despite a long delay due to the pandemic. 

“The improvement works we have carried out complement the great work that businesses such as Amore Mio and Brewery Arts have already done to tidy up their corners of the court and enhance its use. 

"It was wonderful to be joined by local residents, community groups, local leaders and members of the Coronium Museum to unveil the newly restored mosaic which was once the pride of the town. I hope all those who live, work or visit Cirencester can enjoy the enhanced Brewery Court.”

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Notes to editors

Hare Mosaic History 

  • The hare mosaic in Brewery Court was originally built as a replica of the ancient relic found on Beeches Road in 1971. 
  • The original mosaic found in Beeches Road is a fourth-century AD mosaic and is considered one of the most attractive and accomplished animals depicted in a Romano-British mosaic. 
  • Hares were shown in other Romano-British mosaics, but the instances are few and most of them appear in hunting scenes. The Beeches Road hare is unique among Romano-British mosaics in showing the animal feeding. 
  • Learn more about the original mosaic at the Corinium Museum

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