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St Thomas' Pigeon Mosaic

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Dating from 1990, this mosaic is situated in the pedestrian tunnel under the St Thomas railway viaduct, next to Cowick Street. Sponsored by the City Council and British Rail it depicts both the GWR steam, and the modern High Speed Train era. On the right with the top hat is the figure of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the engineer who brought the railway to Exeter. St Thomas was the headquarters of South Devon Railway that built the atmospheric railway to Newton Abbot, and which turned out to be a brave failure.

On the extreme left is a dedication to Mary, a pigeon wounded in action, that won the Dicken Medal for services rendered in the last war. She was used to carry messages across the Channel, and despite being wounded three times, she always got through. The mural was created by Elaine M Goodwin and group 5. The 30 ft long mosaic is a little dirty, but in general good condition. You could spend a day counting the pigeons in the mural but if you don't have the time the answer is 91.

Pigeon mosaic - St ThomasClick to see full mural

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