Location: Phoenix Park, Thurnscoe. These are to found at the entrance to the Park on the corner of Phoenix Lane and on the footpath running along the eastern edge of the Park.
Description: These gateways are composed from vertical forms based upon trees and flowers. They are made from rods of mild steel decorated and held together with leaf and other plant shapes and elements.
Inscriptions: Poems appear on these gateways and are displayed as handwriting cast in bronze which has been welded panels on the pieces: Two thousand / years of Thurnscoe / Of streams and ponds / and Springs with hawthorn / bush, wild rose and other thorny things Discovered by the Romans the / Celts and Saxons too who / built their homes upon "the knob" / Second Century A.D.2.
The / Domesday book / Said cheeses were / The cause of Thurnscoe's / fame the place was full of farmers until the miners came Black diamonds were the magnet / that brought the people hope / They came from every county / Worked hard but with good cheer
There is a place in Yorkshire that's known to all as Dearne / With the friendliest of people to whom you all can turn They'll help you when in trouble, in sorrow or in need / Hold out a hand in friendship or do a kindly deed ..
These bonds are forged through hardship, through struggle and through strife / Hard work in mines and factories bring out the best in life But the Yorkshire sense of humour will always follow through / Their laughs so hale and hearty will warm your heart anew
the poems are signed: Mrs D. Chipp
Commission: Project overseen by Groundworks; project manager Laura McBride.
Comment: The creation of Phoenix Park: Hickleton Main Colliery, which was on this site between 1892 and 1988, was one of the largest collieries in the UK. In the 1930's it employed over 4,000 men and was producing over a million tonnes of coal each year. In January 1998 English Partnerships were involved in plans for reclaiming the land once occupied by Hickleton Colliery. From Summer 1999 Groundworks Dearne Valley acted to oversee the redevelopment of the land in consultation with a number of different groups and sectors of the local community. In 2001 a naming competition was held and the area was subsequently named Phoenix Park. Local community groups consulted with Groundworks Dearne Valley in the development of the Park which includes of number of artworks and projects by the following artists: Hilary CARTMEL , Jason THOMSON and Coralie TURPIN , Richard FARRINGTON , Ailsa MAGNUS and Hamish MARR , Wayne MARKWORT , Lewis MORGAN.