Carving a place in history at Doncaster Minster

Stone faced: Stone carver John Swift in action at Doncaster Minster. Picture: Steve Parkin
Stone faced: Stone carver John Swift in action at Doncaster Minster. Picture: Steve Parkin
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EXPERT stone carvers visited Doncaster Minster as part of a series of events celebrating the town’s former Sand House.

The artists worked as visitors looked on. The Sand House, carved out of sandstone and long demolished, is the subject of an exhibition called Sand House - The Elephant in the Room, at the Point on South Parade, running until Friday, June 29.

The South Parade exhibition’s centrepiece is a full-sized re-creation of the Sand House’s iconic Elephant and Mahout carving, which was created in a network of tunnels which ran near the Sand House, which was at Balby Bridge. They were filled in 30 years ago after concerns about their safety had emerged.

Exhibition organiser Ricard Bell said: “The stonecarving demonstrations attracted plenty of interest from people visiting Doncaster Minster.”