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Hit the North Superwide Cork Wallpaper

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Design Notes

'Hit The North' is the result of an exciting collaboration with graphic artist Drew Millward. Best known for designing psychedelic posters for rock bands such as Foo Fighters and Arctic Monkeys, Drew was commissioned to create a Modernist-inspired cork wallpaper celebrating the creativity and industry of the north of England. 

Drew's work is heavily influenced by the post-industrial landscape surrounding his home in Yorkshire, and this can be seen in the bold, monochromatic design featuring factory buildings, hills and circular, sun-like motifs. Drew’s trademark skulls, black cats and owls can also be spotted lurking within this intricate design.

Printed onto sustainable Portuguese cork, 'Hit The North' is an innovative juxtaposition of graphic art with a natural material, and as such it has been awarded the prestigious Design Guild Mark for 2020/2021. 

This highly distinctive printed cork wallpaper adds instant character to a contemporary space or provides the perfect contrast to period detailing such as exposed brickwork or wooden panelling. Recent customer projects have included a music room (the cork has great acoustic qualities), a games room and a basement powder room. In a contract setting, 'Hit The North' creates a wonderfully textural backdrop for bars, restaurants or wine cellars.  

The design is 130cm wide and supplied by the running metre.

If you'd like a quote for your space, or further advice and information please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Here's how to hang this wallpaper which utilises a traditional overlap and double cut method to achieve the perfect join:


Sourcing & Sustainability 

Wallpaper printed by Anstey Wallpaper in Leicestershire, England, UK.

Anstey are Planet Mark sustainability certified and have signed up to the Design for Diversity Pledge to increase diversity in the design industry.

Printed with water based inks which meet UK and EU REACH standards (REACH addresses the production and use of chemical substances, and their potential impacts on both human health and the environment.)

Paper is FSC Certified from responsibly managed forests

Natural cork grown sustainably in Portugal without the use of chemicals

French VOC regulation ‘A’ rated (a measure of the emissions into the air after installation)

Environmental Product Declaration Certified

PVC free

Product Details

Find out how much of this wall covering you'd need to buy for your space by emailing your wall dimensions to

Design Name: Hit the North
Design scale: Large
Paper Width: 130cm
Vertical Pattern repeat:144.45cm
Match: Straight Match
Print Method:Digitally printed
Hanging Method:
Paste the Wall

Substrate: Heavyweight non woven FSC certified paper. Manufactured in a British factory complying to  an Environmental Management System in line with ISO 1400.
Country of Manufacture: Made in England.


Please note that we wouldn't recommend using this wallpaper in a splash back area above a sink or cooker unless protected by glass or perspex.


Hanging Instructions


Prepare wall by removing all traces of dirt, old wallpaper, or loose paint. Do not hang wallcoverings on any wall with a history of damp. Fill any cracks and allow to dry before hanging. 

We recommend that walls be ‘lined’ horizontally using a good quality lining paper. Allow this to fully dry. Absorbent surfaces should be appropriately sized using a diluted wallpaper adhesive. Sealed walls, i.e. painted should be rubbed with sandpaper to create a ‘key’. It is important that the walls are of an even and consistent colour. If they are not then consideration should be given to painting them with an appropriate colourwash.

Alternatively, we recommend that walls be ‘lined’ horizontally using a good quality lining paper. Allow this to fully dry.


We recommend the use of a ready mixed adhesive. 

Evenly apply the adhesive directly onto the wall using a brush or a short pile emulsion roller, then apply the first section of the wallcovering to the wall. Smooth down with a good quality hanging brush. Apply the paste to the next section of the wall, and apply the section length with the edges overlapped, making sure to match the design. This wallcovering has overdraw on the edges which is an additional 1cm of the design on each side. This acts as an overlap for hanging and can be overlapped, spliced and then the excess removed. Trim excess at the top and bottom of the wall with a sharp decorator’s knife.

Delivery & Returns


This wall covering is generally in stock but please check with us if you have a large project coming up. Please allow up to 5 days for packing and delivery from order being placed. Contact us on 0113 4503639 if you have a special or urgent request and we will do our best to accommodate you.

We aim to dispatch orders within 1-2 working days of receiving them. Please send us a message with your order if you have any special requests regarding delivery dates and we will do our best to accommodate you.

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We recommend that customers order samples before purchasing goods as although we try our best to make sure that our online images are accurate as possible it's best to view colours and textures in the environment they will be used in.

On receipt, please check that the fabric/wallpaper delivered is what you had ordered.
We are confident you will be delighted with your purchase. However, if for any reason you are not completely satisfied we are happy to offer a refund on all goods returned to us within 28 days from dispatch, provided they are in the original packaging (where applicable), unused and in a re-saleable condition. To arrange a return please contact us at or call 0113 4503639.

This policy is offered in addition to your legal rights.


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