Between 1931 and 1932, J. Doman Turner, a local artist, decided to paint a picture of every house in the village. Starting as you enter the village, he worked his way along one side, round the Village Green, down to the ferry and back up the other side. The scroll is over 123 feet long and is an incredible record of the village as it was at the time. He paid particular attention to notices: a tortoise is lost and the list of prices for different uses of the then steam ferry is long and intriguing. We have a last peep at the station, Manor Farm and the Walberswick Pottery, together with glimpses of then contemporary village characters. Various sections of the scroll are reproduced on this website, it is a remarkable and almost unique work of art.
To protect the scroll the housing was made from an old table football case by Tony Whittenbury in 1988, he also devised and created a mechanism to allow the scroll to be rolled from one end to the other whilst being viewed through a glass panel in the top of the table. The scroll itself is in a remarkably good condition, considering it spent years rolled up and hidden away, and the mechanism is as smooth as ever, but the housing needs to be restored to make it secure. The dedicated team known collectively as the Scroll Advisory Group, or SAG, are moving forward to start on refurbishment. The case will be renovated and the whole put on castors to enable its precious cargo to be more easily moved.
Link to the J Doman Turner website: www.johndomanturner.com