Restoration works have been completed to the mining memorial on Watnall Road, Hucknall after it had fallen into disrepair. The new artwork was officially opened by Cllr Jason Zadrozny, Leader of Ashfield District Council, alongside Cllr Kevin Rostance, Cllr Chris Baron and Cllr Phil Rostance.
The memorial is situated along Watnall Road in Hucknall (opposite the entrance to Hucknall Town Football Club) and commemorates the former site of Hucknall Colliery No.1 ‘Top Pit’. The original brick memorial was installed over 15 years ago and had started to become dilapidated.
In response to community requests, Ashfield District Council commissioned local artist Peter Massey, of Zantium Studios, to work with residents and local historian Mrs Maureen Newton to restore and re-design a new central mosaic panel. The works included the cleaning and cutting back of the overgrown trees and shrubs and replacement of artwork. The design of the new central mosaic has been influenced by miners’ Union banners and includes insets of a miner and the pits iconic double headstock. The two side panels were remade based on the original designs featuring the date of when the original Colliery was opened in 1861, alongside a horse’s head. The right hand mosaic bares the date of the last year of coal winding, 1943 with a depiction of the coal falling.
Cllr Zadrozny, Leader of Ashfield District Council said “The Hucknall Colliery No. 1 played a crucial role in the development of Hucknall as a vibrant town so it is wonderful that we can pay tribute to that legacy. It has been fantastic to work with local historians, artists and the community. The new mosaics look incredible and tell the story of Hucknall’s past with eye catching design. We hope that residents and visitors to Ashfield enjoy looking at the new art. The restoration supports our ambition to take pride in our past while looking to the future”