DH Lawrence Country Comes Alive With New Nottinghamshire Heritage Signs

By 24 Hour Museum Staff | 19 September 2007
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photo of an outdoor board with the words 'the country of my heart' in large letters with lots more writing and pictures below it

Lawrence described the area as "the country of my heart". Photo Broxtrowe Borough Council

DH Lawrence devotees will be able to explore the local heritage and countryside of the area that inspired him, with a new set of information points in Nottinghamshire.

Broxtrowe Borough Council has installed the signs at five key DH Lawrence-related locations with the boards detailing the history and background of the sites together with information on circular walks that visitors can use to explore the area for themselves.

The Lady Chatterley’s Lover author described this part of Nottinghamshire as “the country of my heart”.

The sign at the former site of Brinsley Colliery shows where Lawrence’s father and three of his uncles worked. It is now a picnic and conservation area and houses the original pit headstocks.

Moorgreen Reservoir is also marked. It features several times in Lawrence’s writing, including as ‘Willey Water’ in The White Peacock, ‘Nethermere’ in Sons and Lovers whilst Women in Love’s drowning tragedy was based on an actual incident at the reservoir in 1892.

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Portrait of a Genius: Images of DH Lawrence at DH Lawrence Heritage. Photo Broxtrowe Borough Council

The other signs are at St Mary’s Church, Gresley, where the surrounding fields are said to be the setting for Lawrence’s short story Love Among the Haystacks, and at Cossall Village, the home of his fiancée Louie Burrows and the backdrop for the novel The Rainbow.

Another smaller orientation sign has been placed at Eastwood Cemetery, where visitors can find the Lawrence family grave, the resting place of Lawrence’s mother, father and brother Ernest.

DH Lawrence Heritage, the nearby visitor attraction, has been shortlisted in all three categories at the Nottinghamshire Renaissance Heritage Awards

Its DH Lawrence Festival 2006 is nominated in the Best Event category, also the 2006 exhibition, Portrait of a Genius: Images of DH Lawrence is up for Best Exhibition and its schools outreach programme is in the running for the Inspiration Award.

The awards will be presented on September 19 2007.

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