Situated in Helmsley, one of North Yorkshire's most popular & picturesque market towns, among the rural splendours of Ryedale at the edge of the North York Moors.
The small shop front rather belies the delights here; a somewhat eclectic collection. Sculptures by Christine Cummings, Jonny Bradshaw & Karen Fawcett. Oils, watercolours, pastels and limited edition prints.
Moorcroft pottery is a speciality with greetings cards to suit most occasions. You will definitely find something different. Everyone is very welcome. This is very much a family business and we do hope you will come in and browse.
designed by Vicky Lovatt
It has been over six years since Moorcroft celebrated the betrothal of Prince William and his future bride, Miss Catherine Middleton, with a special design, ‘A Royal Wedding’. This year, romantics of the world rejoice once more as His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales (or, as he is usually known, Prince Harry) announces his betrothal to Ms Meghan Markle.
The popular young couple rouse interest wherever they go, sometimes through their vivacious and glamourous royal lifestyle, but more often through their humanitarian work. With Prince Harry’s background in the military and Ms Markle’s career in acting, the Moorcroft design studio deliberated over a symbol to incorporate into a design for the engagement.
Moorcroft designer, Vicky Lovatt, found inspiration in the official coat of arms given to Prince Harry to celebrate his 18th birthday. The Prince himself was involved in designing the crest which unusually incorporates an emblem from his mother Princess Diana’s family arms. Harry’s unique crest is based upon the quartered arms of England, Scotland and Ireland.
The family of the late Princess Diana, the Spencers, is reflected in the coats of arms by small, red escallops which appear on the white collars worn by the lions, unicorn and shield. In Prince William’s version these appear once on each element, whereas on Harry’s crest the Spencer motif appears three times. Using the Spencer sign marks a change in convention for ruling crests, which traditionally do not use symbols from the mother’s side of the family.
The scallop design symbolizes the many European starting points from which medieval pilgrims began their journey, all drawn to a single point at the base of the shell. Prince Harry and Ms Markle are soon to begin their marital journey together, with both of them drawn together to a single point, their forthcoming matrimony. Vicky’s design sees attractive rows of coral-coloured scallops surrounding a lidded Moorcroft box which has been painted in glistening gold lustre to mark this royal occasion.
designed by Kerry Goodwin
The wedding of Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh took place on 20th November 1947 at Westminster Abbey in London. This year the royal couple celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary - a platinum jubilee honoured through Moorcroft design.
William Neil McKie, the Master of the Choristers at Westminster Abbey, was the director of music for the royal wedding, and he wrote a piece of sacred choral music for the occasion, ‘We wait for thy loving kindness, O God’. Details such as these remain as iconic anecdotes of the royal wedding seventy years ago. This song in particular provided inspiration for the name of this special design. Yet, it is often flowers which speak to Moorcroft designers and this occasion was no different.
Inspired by the Queen’s wedding bouquet, made up of three kinds of British-grown orchids: cattleya, odontoglossum and cypripedium - to which was added a sprig of myrtle from a bush at Osborne House, Queen Victoria's house on the Isle of Wight, Kerry put pen to paper. She selected those fresh white orchids which we know are the Queen’s favourites and coupled them with springs of myrtle. The result is a wonderfully romantic and pure reminder of that momentous and special day seventy years ago at Westminster Abbey.