Mouseman tribute in Chelsea garden

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Furniture created by an iconic Yorkshire business will take pride of place at Welcome to Yorkshire’s biggest ever garden at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Robert Thompson’s Craftsmen, based in Kilburn, have created a bespoke bench for the garden, which took four craftsmen 120 hours to make and features three of the company’s famous mice.

Made from naturally seasoned English oak, the bench also features the proverb ‘Deep rivers move in silence, shallow brooks are noisy,’ taken from the headboard of Robert Thompson’s bed.

Simon Thompson Cartwright, the great great grandson of Robert Thompson, said: “When we were asked to help with the garden, we jumped at the chance to be a part of it. It has been a really enjoyable experience for the boys here and I am really proud to be involved.”

Born in 1876, Robert ‘Mousey’ Thompson dedicated his life to the craft of carving English oak, based in Kilburn.

The iconic mouse emblem apparently came when his companion, while working on a church screen, commented that their jobs left them as ‘poor as church mice.’ He carved his first mouse there and then.

God’s Own County – A Garden for Yorkshire, has been inspired by York Minster’s Great East Window and depicts other features.

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “It is fantastic to have a business like this, with such a proud Yorkshire history, supporting our garden and I can’t wait to see the finished bench taking pride of place.”