On 22-23 June 2010, at the annual Higher Education Academy’ Conference, Jan Sellars created a low-cost temporary labyrinth in the grounds of the University of Hertfordshire. 

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Documentation shows over 50 turf labyrinths existed in Britain of which eight remain. The City of Troy turf labyrinth is in North Yorkshire, high up on the side of a minor road overlooking the Howardian Hills. Well maintained, the surrounding wooden fence is the only indication of its presence when you are driving by.  

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The first record of a turf labyrinth at Akeborough in North Lincolnshire was by the vicar of a nearby Parish church in 1697.  The Parish Church of St John The Baptist in Akeborough has a stone labyrinth on the porch floor,  and the labyrinth spiral can be found in a stained glass window and on the gravestone of James Goulton Constable in the church cemetery. 

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Below, this tiny (5 ft) 3-circuit canvas labyrinth was made by Jan Sellers at a workshop led by Lisa Moriarty and Kimberly Saward, during The Labyrinth Society’s Gathering, 2008. The leaves reflect something of the wonderful autumn colour in the woods surrounding the Gathering. 

Autumn leaves labyrinth 

This is the 36 ft. Chartres-design canvas labyrinth at the University of Kent, ready for walking in the Senate Chamber. The labyrinth was created by Judy Hopen and colleagues, Labyrinth Enterprises, and arrived at Kent in January 2008. 

Canvas Chartres Labyrinth Senate Chamber 

The Canterbury Labyrinth, on the University of Kent’s Canterbury campus. Designed by Jeff Saward, built by Andrew Wiggins and the team at Haywood Landscapes. Photograph by Andrew Wiggins.  

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This glorious photo, by Jim Higham of the University of Kent, shows the Canterbury Labyrinth in heavy frost at dawn on a crisp winter morning. 

Canterbury Labyrinth in winter, by Jim Higham, University of Kent 

Classical labyrinth on the edge of the playing field at the University of Kent: Line marker paint on grass. 

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The Labyrinth Society sub-regional gathering at the University of Kent, July 11 2009; a picnic lunch beside the Canterbury Labyrinth and walking the Labyrinth. 

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The University of Kent’s second canvas labyrinth, walked for the first time at The Labyrinth Society’s Gathering in Atlanta, Georgia. It was designed by Jeff Saward and created by Lisa Moriarty. The pattern is exactly the same as the permanent, stone and grass, Canterbury Labyrinth, designed by Jeff in 2008 

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As part of Healthy Campus week at the University of Lincoln in 2009, the university chaplain, Rev Les Acklam, set up a portable canvas labyrinth in the Engine Shed. Staff and students were invited to participate in a labyrinth walking experience. 

Walking the labyrinth at the University of Lincoln, 2009
Walking the labyrinth at the University of Lincoln, 2009
Learning to draw a Labyrinth means you can create one anywhere; the picture of a labyrinth below was drawn on the beach at Speeton on the North Yorkshire coast in January 2009.
labyrinth on Speeton beach in North Yorkshire

For details of how to draw a classical labyrinth visit The Labyrinth Society’s website and explore the Resources section. 

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