Statues - Hither & Thither

Great Britain
Aylesham
Kent

South East England

Ackholt Road

Payday at Snowdown Colliery

Stephen Melton

2003

Aylesham /  Payday at Snowdown Colliery   Aylesham /  Payday at Snowdown Colliery

Description

Bronze statue of a miner with two children.

Aylesham - Payday at Snowdown Colliery Aylesham - Payday at Snowdown Colliery

Inscription(s)

"Payday at Snowdown Colliery"
Sculpture-
Steve Melton.
Blacksmith-
Andy Baldwin.
Designed by-
Derek Garrity

Children rarely went to
Snowdown colliery but as a treat
on school hoildays [!] they sometimes
went with dad to the pit canteen
for the traditional miner's dinner
of pit pasty, peas and mashed
potatoes and if he was on the
afternoon shift they would
bring dads weekly pay home to
mother.

Signature

melton (on the shoes of the girl and the miner)

Information Sign

"Payday at Snowdown Colliery"

Snowdown Colliery
(1927 to 1988)

There is no record of the number of men who died at work in Snowdown Colliery
There is no record of the number of men who received industrial injuries that led to them dying prematurely
There is no record of the number of men who live today with the industrial injuries sustained digging for coal at Snowdown Colliery

The Theme

Children rarely went to the pit but as a treat on pay day they sometimes went to the Snowdown pit canteen to have a meail with their
dad, the traditional pit pasty, with gravy, peas and mash potatoes.
Miners and their wives always thought that their children were their future and dreamed of their sons and daughters earning a living
without going down the pit.

Dedication

Dedicated to the men and women who worked at Snowdown Colliery, and the men's wives and their families who lived
the coal miners way of life of work, of welfare and workingman's clubs.

Erected October 2003

Sculpture Steven Melton
Blacksmith Andy Baldwin.

Sculptor

Tags

Location N 51°13'29" E 1°12'27"

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