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England's hidden sculptures and where to find them

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Image caption You let us know about your favourite "hidden sculptures" across England

Following our recent article about hidden art in north-east England, many of you contacted us with some fine examples of sculptures tucked away across England.

"Swindon is home to a great deal of public art, some of which is easy to find and some of it less so," says Angela Atkinson.

"On the West Swindon sculpture trail, some of the pieces are by a cinema and a shopping area, but others are less easy to encounter."

She particularly likes a sculpture named White Horse Pacified.

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Image caption The White Horse Pacified sculpture is a favourite of reader Angela Atkinson

"There's a terrific Antony Gormley on Portland in one of the old disused quarries called the Tout Quarry," says Steve Harris.

"There's a sculpture trail around the quarry, but it's not really signposted. It's so satisfying when you know about it."

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Image caption Still Falling by Antony Gormley in Tout Quarry, Dorset, is one of more than 50 sculptures on the trail

Terry Powell said: "Along the same river the new BBC offices sit in Salford, is an entire sculpture park - the Irwell Sculpture Trail."

Lorraine Ashworth, from Rossendale, is also a fan.

"It has a plethora of sculptures just waiting to be discovered," she said. "And whilst some are easy to spot, even locals don't know about some of the installations."

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Image caption The Irwell Sculpture Trail is a popular choice of many readers
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Image caption Many people are not aware of the sculptures on the Irwin Sculpture Trail, according to readers

Meanwhile John Huggins said his favourite was Peter Logan's rotating Pencils sculpture in the River Garden of the Premier Inn, Norwich, describing it as "mesmerising and inspirational".

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Image caption Peter Logan's Pencil sculpture in Norwich is popular with reader John Huggins

Katie Wilson messaged us to say: "In Basingstoke we have woods called Great Binfields Copse, through which there is a meandering path that leads from houses to the local shopping centre.

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Image caption Katie Wilson loves the unexpected presence of the insect sculptures in Great Binfields Copse

"En route there are a couple of metal insects, wooden carvings and what is very nearly a totem pole. Very unexpected."

Geoffrey Stanford said he was a fan of the sculptures along the Tarka trail cycle route near Great Torrington in Devon.

"The fact they are made from old railway sleepers is particularly appropriate given the route follows a disused railway line," he said.

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Image caption Sculptures made from old railway sleepers along the Tarka Trail, in Devon, have impressed readers

Roger Hawkins, from Morpeth, is equally proud of two sculptures near the Northumbrian market town - one widely known about, the other less so.

"Robin of Pegswood" is the affectionate nickname of a sculpture by Tom Maley on a roundabout near the former mining village of Pegswood.

The miner's posture, with his shovel aiming high towards the sky, is said by locals to resemble the famous outlaw with his bow and arrow.

But Mr Hawkins said: "The Ellington Miner, by the same sculptor as Robin of Pegswood, is hidden from most people.

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Image caption The Ellington Miner is far more 'hidden' than Tom Maley's other well-known Northumbrian sculpture 'Robin of Pegswood', says fan Roger Hawkins

"Whereas Robin is up at height on a traffic island on an important local route, so you have to slow down and can't help seeing it, the Ellington Miner is on a low plinth at the side of the road near the Ellington Welfare Social Centre.

"The traffic speeds past and there are no houses on that side of the road, so only people going to the welfare are ever likely to see it."

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Image caption David Bennett loves this sculpture by Jonathan Woolfenden

Finally, David Bennett said: "My favourite is Jonathan Woolfenden's Nothing to Worry About, next to the HMG paintworks in Collyhurst, Manchester."

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