Thoresby Colliery

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Thoresby Colliery in February 2007
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Thoresby Colliery
Location in Nottinghamshire
LocationNottinghamshirem, NG21 9PS
County council Nottinghamshire
Country England
Coordinates 53°12′00″N1°03′06″W / 53.2°N 1.0516°W / 53.2; -1.0516 Coordinates: 53°12′00″N1°03′06″W / 53.2°N 1.0516°W / 53.2; -1.0516
Company UK Coal

Thoresby Colliery was a coal mine in north Nottinghamshire. The mine opened in 1925, and closed in 2015, then Nottinghamshire's last coal mine.

Nottinghamshire County of England

Nottinghamshire is a county in the East Midlands region of England, bordering South Yorkshire to the north-west, Lincolnshire to the east, Leicestershire to the south, and Derbyshire to the west. The traditional county town is Nottingham, though the county council is based at County Hall in West Bridgford in the borough of Rushcliffe, at a site facing Nottingham over the River Trent.



Thoresby colliery opened in 1925. [1]

The first two shafts in 1925 were sunk to 690 metres (2,260 ft). The shafts were deepended by 109 metres (358 ft) in the 1950s. After privatization of the National Coal Board in the 1990s the mine was taken over by RJB Mining [1] (later UK Coal as UK Coal Thoresby Ltd).

National Coal Board organization

The National Coal Board (NCB) was the statutory corporation created to run the nationalised coal mining industry in the United Kingdom. Set up under the Coal Industry Nationalisation Act 1946, it took over the United Kingdom's collieries on "vesting day", 1 January 1947. In 1987, the NCB was renamed the British Coal Corporation, and its assets were subsequently privatised.

UK Coal

UK Coal Production Ltd, formerly UK Coal plc, was the largest coal mining business in the United Kingdom. The company was based in Harworth, in Nottinghamshire. The company was a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index. The successor company that contains the former property division, Harworth Group is still listed on the London Stock Exchange.

Coal seams worked by or available to the pit included the Top Hard seam, the Parkgate seam (after closure of Ollerton Colliery in 1994); the Deep Soft seam; and the High Hazels seam (working ceased 1983). [1]

In April 2014 it was announced that the pit would close July 2015. [2] The colliery's 600 employees had been reduced to 360 by the time of the closure in July 2015. [3]

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  1. 1 2 3 "Thoresby Colliery". Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  2. Britton, Alex (16 May 2015), "Thoresby Colliery to close in July with loss of 600 jobs",, archived from the original on 13 October 2015
  3. Nottinghamshire's Thoresby Colliery closes after 90 years, 10 July 2015