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Tree carving
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Tree carving

As you emerge from the steps to the rear of the headstocks, a large scale wooden totem can be found in the undergrowth to your left. This commemorative carving by artist Peter Leadbetter depicts 700 years of mining heritage, literary culture and nature.


Miners' helmet

Miners’ helmet symbolises 700 years of mining history.

Coal tub

The emerging coal tub represents coal production and transport.

Lawrence Phoenix motif

The mythical phoenix motif was adopted by D.H. Lawrence as a symbol of rebirth and renewal and was used as a logo on his publications.


The initials (FOBH) at the top of the totem stands for ‘Friends of Brinsley Headstocks’. The carved branches are occupied by a nesting bird and a squirrel, symbolising the natural world.