Restoration work begins on Friar Gate landmark
THIS week work is taking place to restore the damaged ‘Derby Heads’ in the city centre.
Artist Tim Clapcott will be working to replace the damaged heads around the base of a tree on Friar Gate.
The artwork is part of a series originally designed with help from the Royal School for the Deaf and Blind nearly 13 years ago, as part of the Sustrans cycle network improvements.
The Heads are linked to the Reform Bill Riots uprising and the gaol nearby and relate to those convicted.
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The Heads also form part of the city's ghost trail.
Councillor Hardyal Dhindsa, cabinet member for planning, environment and public protection, said: “The Derby Heads are a popular attraction on Friar Gate, with photographs regularly being taken by visitors as they pass by.
"They are loved by all ages, with children even playing on them and they are fast becoming an important focal point for our city’s heritage.
"I’m delighted that they are being restored to their former glory.”
The construction work will take one week and will cost £15,000 funded through Derby City Council’s Public Realm budget.