Wet Earth Sculptures
Stephen Charnock




Clifton Country Park

OS grid ref
SD 77434 04060

Latitude 53.532705

Longitude -2.3419180

Nearest, M27 6NG

When visiting Clifton Country Park don’t miss Stephen Charnock’s collection of sculptures that were created to mark the site of the former Wet Earth Colliery on the site, one of the first deep mines to be sunk in the Irwell Valley.

Salford City Council secured a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to bring what remains of the colliery back to life. They focused on three sites; the wheel chamber which housed a water wheel, the gal pit around which pit ponies would wind up ropes from the pit and the Penstock Arch, a narrow shallow canal down which boats would carry coal out from the mine.

Starvationer Boat
Starvationer Boat reflects the colliery history of the site. The boats used to ferry materials from Clifton to Salford Quays.

Galloway Pony
Galloway Pony is a life-size representation of a pit pony that would have once worked on the site. Located in the exact location of the old winding engine, it shows how horses were used to winch coal from the first deep mine known as the fabricGal Pit.

Collier and Pit Brow Lass
This sculpture symbolises the former colliers and their families that would have worked in the old mine.

Wet Earth

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