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Harworth Colliery - geograph.org.uk - 1623383.jpg
Harworth Colliery in 2009
Harworth is located in Nottinghamshire
Location within Nottinghamshire
Population7,948 (2011)
OS grid referenceSK615915
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtDN11
Dialling code01302
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
53°25′01″N 1°04′30″W / 53.417°N 1.075°W / 53.417; -1.075Coordinates: 53°25′01″N 1°04′30″W / 53.417°N 1.075°W / 53.417; -1.075

Harworth is a small town in the county of Nottinghamshire, East Midlands of England.[1] It is approximately 8 miles (13 km) north of Worksop. Together with the neighbouring mining town of Bircotes, it forms the civil parish of Harworth Bircotes, with a combined population of nearly 8,000 residents. The population of the civil parish was measured at 7,948 in the 2011 Census.[2] The settlements are part of the modern district of Bassetlaw, which combined the district of Worksop and the district of Retford.

The Harworth coal mine opened in 1921 and produced coal for the power stations on the River Trent. A new pit tower was built in 1989 when the pit was at its peak of production but seven years later the colliery was 'mothballed'. In 2015, it was announced that the pit tower would be demolished and the colliery site would be used for new housing.[3]


The town's name is from Old English har "grey" (compare modern hoary") and worth (also worō, worþ) "enclosure". The name was recorded as Herwirth in 1136.

Notable people[edit]

The town – once a busy coalmining community – is particularly noteworthy as the home of Tom Simpson (1937–1967), one of Britain's greatest road racing cyclists – World Champion in 1965. Simpson began his cycling career as a club member at Harworth and District Cycling Club. After his death in France, his body was brought back to Nottinghamshire and interred in Harworth's cemetery. A small museum dedicated to Simpson's achievements was opened in August 2001 and can be found in the Harworth and Bircotes sports and social club.

There is also a history of Gurkhas being here during the Second World War.

Author Lindsey Kelk, hails from Harworth and attended North Border Comprehensive School from 1992 – 1999.


There is one Church of England primary School in Harworth and a Catholic primary school in Bircotes. The village is also served by Serlby Park Academy, a 3–18 school in Bircotes.


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 111 Sheffield & Doncaster (Rotherham, Barnsley & Thorne) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2014. ISBN 9780319229354.
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Haworth Pit Tower to be demolished". www.bbc.co.uk. BBC. Retrieved 18 March 2016.

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