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Coordinates: 53°30′32″N 1°23′06″W / 53.509°N 1.385°W / 53.509; -1.385 Cortonwood Colliery was sunk in 1873, a year after the formation of the Brampton Colliery Company, which took its name from the local parish of Brampton Bierlow, near Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England.

In March 1984, the National Coal Board announced that the mine was due to close, this becoming the "final straw" which brought about the long-running UK miners' strike (1984–1985).

The site has now been converted into a shopping and leisure area. It features big names such as B&Q, Matalan, Next, Boots, Morrisons, McDonalds, Argos, Pizza Hut, Asda Living, Sports World, SCS, Halfords, Smyths Toys and many factories and office buildings.

Problems relating to access to the site occur mainly at weekends. It is likely that there will be traffic jams trying to enter the area on a Saturday or Sunday due to the poor design of the entrance road. This problem is taking time to resolve as the feeder roads come under the governance of Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Heritage railway future[edit]

The Elsecar Steam Railway are planning to extend to a proposed new railway station at Cortonwood in the future as finances allow.

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The mine[edit]

The retail development[edit]