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The Leicestershire & South Derbyshire Noon Column

Map of the Noon Columns in The National Forest The Leicestershire & South Derbyshire Noon Column Needwood & South Derbyshire Claylands Noon Column The Trent Valley Noon Column The Mease and Sence Noon Column Melbourne Parklands Noon Column Charnwood Noon Column

Introduction

The Leicestershire & South Derbyshire Noon Column

Mining in the Leicestershire and South Derbyshire Coalfield has imprinted a strong industrial character on this zone. Relict coal and clay workings and derelict land were recurring features of the area at the turn of the millennium. Urban and industrial influences remain strong and settlement is typified by irregularly defined towns and villages featuring rows of traditional brick-built miners cottages and clusters of new housing. The agricultural landscape is open and rolling with gappy hedged fields. Previously a sparsely wooded zone, new woodlands are increasingly featuring in the landscape.

The Leicestershire & South Derbyshire Noon Column

OS map of Leicestershire/Derbyshire area where Column 5 is located

Part of the National Forest Company’s LANDshapes project, this Noon Column is made of English Oak, the sun will shine through the vertical slot for 10-15 minutes at ‘true’ noon on midsummer and midwinter’s days, creating a line of light in the shadow cast by the column. ‘True noon’ in the Leicestershire and South Derbyshire Coalfield Zone occurs at 1.04pm in summer time and 12.04pm in wintertime. This cycle links the sculpture to the passage of time – celebrating the past, present and future of the Forest. Created by internationally renowned artist David Nash, this sculpture celebrates the diverse industrial heritage of the local landscape through its charred façade and surround of crushed coal and brick. The sculpture is one of six that reflect and interpret the distinctive nature of the six landscape zones that make up The National Forest.


The six Noon Columns have been supported by:

 Arts Council England logo Jaguar Cars Ltd logo British Waterways logo Viv Astling - National Forest Company, Chairman 1998-2005