Bronze statue of a crouching miner.
There is no sign to this statue. Here is the text of the sign attached to the plint during the 'Dover" time of the statue (from a photo by the Dover Historian):
THE WAITING MINER
this statue, sculpted by h. phillips,
was commissioned by the c.e.g.b.
and sited at richborough power station in
1966. it was relocated to this site, beside
the former kent national coal board
and national union of mineworkers offices
for kent, following the closure of
richborough power station in september
1997. the statue was donated to
dover district council by powergen.
The sculpture was commissioned by the Central Electricity Generating Board and originally located outside Richborough power station. When the power plant was decommissioned it was in 1997 moved to Dover seafront. Ex-miners and their families have campaigned to get the monument moved to a place they felt better reflected the county's mining heritage. In 2010 the statue was relocated in Fowlmead Country Park, the former site of Betteshanger Colliery.
On the side of the plinth is a plaque with a list of 'Men who lost their lives during the life of the Kent coalfield 1896-1989' (We have a photo of this list. Contact us if you want to see these list).
- H. Phillips (no information).
Sources & Information
Location N 51°14'0" E 1°21'33"
Item Code: gbse088; Photograph: 13 August 2015
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