Adding a welcome
with a focal statement
First impressions are
very important. At Sidbury Mill, we felt that the addition of a pertinent focal
point would provide visitors with an initial statement of purpose for their
Whilst many attractions
attempt this with notice boards or free-standing signs, we took a different
The car park is generally
the starting point of any visit to an attraction. It is, of course, primarily a
functional area, as the second photograph makes clear, though in the case of
Sidbury Mill, a carefully integrated part of the whole site.
One of the disused
millstones was set into a section of natural stone walling that would be
immediately visible to guests. It provides an attractive focal point and a
reminder of the site's history to all visitors.
It is a deliberately
subtle statement, as the last photograph shows, yet wholly in keeping with this
particular site's ethics of a large garden.