Clipstone Headstocks
Clipstone Headstocks

On this weeks extreme dog walk, a trip to my first home village of Clipstone or more precisely Clipstone Colliery, itself now part of Vicar Water Country Park. It’s fair to say I’ve spent many times gazing over at the pit heap at Cook family clan gatherings in Granddad’s house opposite the pit, wondering what the view would be like from the top of the spoil tip. Now I’ve had a chance, you know what there is to see? Europe’s tallest headstocks still dominating. There’s currently some debate as whether to keep them or not. I’m as yet undecided. Not sure if they are an industrial eyesore of a bygone era or an important heritage to preserve. While they maybe the 3rd largest headstocks in the world and Grade 2 listed structures, it might be time to wave goodbye to the golden hand that once fed a village.


Nick Cook. Amateur astronomer, space, history, nerd, extreme dog walker, cat slave, severe tinnitus sufferer. 13.7 billion years in the making - not that much better for it.

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