The End of an Era
The End of an Era
The End of an Era
The End of an Era
The End of an Era
The End of an Era
The End of an Era
The End of an Era
The End of an Era

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A testament to, and celebration of, Whitehaven's long history of coal mining, 'The End of an Era' is an eye-catching and bold in its life-size proportions. It depicts four figures positioned around a pillar of coal, propped against which is possibly a spade. Three men stand on one side of the pillar, each representing a different job within the mines and each an allegory for an aspect of mining and mining life.

On one side is depicted: (left) a rescue brigadesman decked in breathing apparatus who represents safety, (centre) a screen lass representing hardship, and (right), an overman providing a depiction of management. The reverse of the pillar shows a coalface worker, pick in hand, carving out the inscription 'The End of an Era' in a nostalgic expression of labour and manpower.

The End of an Era




coal, slate & casting resin

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commissioned by Whitehaven Miners Social Welfare, Countryside Local Heritage Initiative and Nationwide Building Society

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Unveiling date

17th June 2005


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Inscription description

on left face of wall: THE END OF AN ERA


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Located at

West Strand, Whitehaven

CA28 7LY

Located just before the Wellington Inn Car park, on the left side of the road beyond the Beacon Museum.