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Horse Power

Sculptors Philip Eames and Trevor Cooper with their sculpture of a wooden horse and handler

A magnificent life-size sculpture of a horse with its handler greets visitors to the Gorse Field at Swannington. It is one of a number of LANDshapes’ grant-aided community group projects throughout the Forest.

Created out of sheet metal by local sculptors Philip Eames and Trevor Cooper at their studio at Moira Furnace, the piece depicts the horse being led away to enjoy oats and freedom at the end of its 12 hour shift driving a horse gin winding machine.

The horse gin was an 18th century invention to bring coal up to the surface from the depths of the mine and the sculpture has been given pride of place next to Swannington Heritage Trust’s award-winning replica horse gin.


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