The Waiting Miner Statue, Marine Parade, Dover, Kent, United Kingdom

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John Latter on March 30, 2009

Mr H.R. Phillips' statue of 'The Waiting Miner' is located on Dover's Marine Parade, facing the beach. The inscription on the plaque reads:

The Waiting Miner

This statue, sculpted by H Phillips, was commisioned 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 Mineworker offices for Kent, following the closure of Richborough Power Station in September 1997. The statue was donated to Dover District Council by Powergen.

Dover Museum are the curators of 'The Waiting Miner' and currently there is a campaign ('Move the Miner') to relocate the statue elsewhere.

Just along from 'The Waiting Miner' (to the right of the above photograph) are statues of Charles Stewart Rolls (commemorating his non-stop flight across the English Channel and back on June 2nd, 1910) and Captain Matthew Webb (the first recorded person to swim the English Channel on August 25th, 1875). Photos of other Dover statues can be viewed by clicking on the statue tag.

[1] The former Richborough Power Station, constructed by the Central Electricity Generating Board entered service in 1962 as a 342MW coal fired station comprising of 3 No. units of 114MW, utilising coal from the Kent coalfields. The station was, following a change in policy, converted to oil in 1971. Following a major refurbishment during 1989, the station undertook extensive trials starting in 1990; burning Orimulsion (an oil and water based emulsion from Venezuela). At privatisation, Powergen assumed ownership of the station in 1990 and continued to operate it until the closure in 1996.

Also see Coal Mining in Kent.

The block of 4 buildings in the center of the photograph behind the statue are Camden Crescent where Charles Dickens wrote part of "Bleak House" - see the Dover: Indian Mutiny, Charles Dickens, Roman Empire photo for more info.

Part of the earthworks of the Napoleonic Drop Redoubt defenses on the Western Heights can be seen on the skyline to the left of Camden Crescent.

This is the Images of Dover website.

John Latter on October 13, 2009

According to a Dover District Council Planning Application ( DOV/09/00515 concerning, "Relocation of the statue 'The Waiting Miner' from Dover Sea Front (including ground works, lighting and paths)", the statue is to be moved to a site outside Fowlmead Park, Sandwich Road, Hacklinge, Northbourne, Deal (Kent).

Fowlmead Park is a 200-acre (80 hectare) park regenerated from the shale spoil tip of the former Betteshanger Colliery.

The colliery was the last of the four Kent coal mines to close in 1989 and the land languished unused until 2000 when the regional development agency, SEEDA (South East England Development Agency), acquired the freehold and set to redeveloping the brownfield site into a country park.

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John Latter on May 3, 2010

The Merchant Navy War Memorial was unveiled on Marine Parade in 2008 by Winston Spencer Churchill, grandson of Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, the World War II leader.

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  • Uploaded on March 19, 2009
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2009/03/15 09:50:58
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