In 1951 Lincolnshire-based artist Karl Salsbury Wood was convicted of gross indecency and sentenced to four years imprisonment. His crime, homosexuality.

Before being interned in Lincoln prison, Wood was engaged in an odyssey to paint every surviving windmill in Britain - no mean feat considering his obsession was conducted via bicycle, his only means of transport!


Following his release from prison, Wood was a broken man, humiliated he left Lincolnshire. He continued with his quest, eventually completing 1394 windmills, tragically just a few hundred short of his target.

This flag honours the work of Karl Salsbury Wood, his name crossed to emulate windmill sails, but more importantly it honours Wood, the gay man.



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