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Cortonwood Retail Park
|Cortonwood shown within South Yorkshire|
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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, McDonald's, Argos, Pizza Hut, Asda Living, Sports Direct, SCS, Halfords, Smyths Toys, Pets at Home, TK Maxx and many factories and office buildings. Cortonwood now falls within the Hoober ward of Barnsley Metropolitan Council. It is accessed via the Dearne Valley Parkway (A6195 road).
Work has begun to extend the park in May 2016. The expansion will see the arrival of retailers such as River Island, H&M, New Look, Outfit, Poundland, JD Sports, M&S, Wilkinson and Frankie and Benny's and create up to 300 jobs for the local area.
Heritage railway future
The Elsecar Steam Railway are planning to extend to a proposed new railway station at Cortonwood in the future as finances allow.
The retail development
- BTelocations: Cortonwood
- St. Paul's Developments plc: Asda's 'Living Store' comes to Cortonwood
- Brandspace: Our Portfolio - Cortonwood Retail Park
- Barnsley council
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