The Bentham Passing Place:




The sculptor, Marjan Wouda  was commissioned to consult with local people and hold community workshops to create designs for artwork .  Over 600 people have contributed to the process so far, with seven design ideas being considered. Following the consultation, the steering group made the decision to start with the Queens Bloomers.  The story behind the design is linked to local history. The people who worked at the Ford Ayrton silk mill in Low Bentham had prior knowledge of the colour of Queen Victoria’s underwear as they wove the silk that made them. 



Added to this is the fact that bloomers became the first must-have fashion item for cycling because Victorian women could not ride bicycles in dresses. The stainless steel woven mesh bloomers will be made by the artist and sited high in a tree on the riverbank near the Punch Bowl in Low Bentham.