Friar Gate Heads

Designed by Timothy Clapcott and installed in 2000 as part of a programme of improvements to the Sustrans network, the "Reform Bill Heads" (more often known as the "Friar Gate Heads") commemorate the Reform Bill riots of 1831 during which the people of Derby took to the streets to demand the right to vote.

The heads in this sculpture capture one of the best known events of that night, depicting the rioters breaking into the Goal and the condemned men coming up into the light escaping from the underground cells.