Brodsworth Colliery

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Brodsworth Colliery was a coal mine north west of Doncaster and west of the Great North Road. in South Yorkshire, England. Two shafts were sunk between October 1905 and 1907 in a joint venture by the Hickleton Main Colliery Company and the Staveley Coal and Iron Company.[1]

The colliery exploited the coal seams of the South Yorkshire Coalfield including the Barnsley seam which was reached at a depth of 595 yards and was up to 9 feet thick.[2] After a third shaft was sunk in 1923,[3] Brodsworth, the largest colliery in Yorkshire, had the highest output of a three-shaft colliery in Britain.[1]

The colliery and five others were merged into Doncaster Amalgamated Collieries[4] in 1937 and the National Coal Board in 1947.[5] It closed in 1990.[2]

The colliery was consistently amongst those that employed the most miners in Britain, employing around 2,800 workers throughout the 1980s.

The company built Woodlands, a model village for its workers. Since the colliery closed, its spoil tip has been restored and developed as a community woodland; owned by the Land Restoration Trust and controlled by the Forestry Commission.

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  1. ^ a b Hill 2001, p. 190
  2. ^ a b Hill 2001, p. 195
  3. ^ Hill 2001, p. 191
  4. ^ Doncaster Amalgamated Collieries Ltd., Durham Mining Museum, retrieved 25 June 2011
  5. ^ Hill 2001, p. 192


  • Hill, Alan (2001), The South Yorkshire Coalfield A history and Development, Tempus Publishing, ISBN 0-7524-1747-9

Coordinates: 53°33′53″N 1°12′33″W / 53.56472°N 1.20917°W / 53.56472; -1.20917