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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, Pets at Home, TK Maxx and many factories and office buildings.

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.


Cortonwood F.C. represented the village in the FA Cup during the 1930s.

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The mine[edit]

The retail development[edit]