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All Saints' Church, Harworth
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 an area in the civil parish of Harworth Bircotes (with Bircotes) in the Bassetlaw district in Nottinghamshire, England.[1] It is approximately 8 miles (13 km) north of Worksop. The population of the civil parish was 7,948 in the 2011 Census.[2] 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 redeveloped for housing which has since been completed. The former freight line and sidings into the colliery have been lifted and left undeveloped. [3] The local football team is called Harworth Colliery F.C..

Industrial Units, Harworth with the tower of All Saints Church in the distance


The town's name is from Old English har "grey" (compare modern hoary") and worth (also worō, worþ) "enclosure".[4] Harworth was recorded in the Domesday Book as Hareworde.[5]

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, the World Champion in 1965. Simpson began his cycling career as a club member at Harworth and District Cycling Club. After his death on Mont Ventoux during the 1967 Tour de 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 1992-99.


There is a Church of England primary School in Harworth (Harworth Church of England Academy)[6] and a Catholic primary school in Bircotes (St Patrick's Catholic Primary School).[7] The town is also served by Serlby Park Academy, a 3–18 school in Bircotes.[8]

Places of worship[edit]

The Anglican parish church of All Saints is grade II listed and dates in part to the 12th century.[9][10]

Harworth Methodist Church is a red brick building in Bircotes, having been built as a facility for the 1920s mining population.[11]

St Patrick's Catholic Church was a wooden building built in the 1930s and included the stations of the cross carved in coal.[12] It closed at Easter 2018, and the parish merged with that of St Helen, Oldcotes which later formed part of the parish of St Jude, Worksop.[13][14]

Listed buildings in Harworth[edit]

Harworth war memorial

All Saints Church,[9] the war memorial,[15] and six properties in Main Street, Harworth (three barns[16][17][18] and three houses[19][20][21]) are grade II listed buildings.


  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. ^ Pegden, Tom (26 November 2020). "David Wilson buys stake in ex-Sherwood Forest colliery site". Business Live. Retrieved 28 October 2021.
  4. ^ "Harworth Key to English Place-names". The University of Nottingham. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  5. ^ "Nottinghamshire F-R". The Domesday Book Online. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  6. ^ "Home Page". www.allsaintsharworth.co.uk. Harworth Church of England Academy. Retrieved 9 October 2021.
  7. ^ "Home". www.stpatrickscatholicps.co.uk. St Patrick's Catholic Primary School. Retrieved 9 October 2021.
  8. ^ "Serlby Park Academy". Delta Academies Trust. Retrieved 9 October 2021.
  9. ^ a b Historic England. "Church of All Saints (1045715)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 9 October 2021.
  10. ^ "All Saints' Parish Church". www.achurchnearyou.com. Retrieved 9 October 2021.
  11. ^ "Harworth". www.doncastermethodistcircuit.org.uk. Doncaster Methodist Circuit. Retrieved 9 October 2021.
  12. ^ "Harworth - St Patrick". Taking Stock. Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. Retrieved 9 October 2021.
  13. ^ "St Helen's, Oldcotes". Catholic parishes of Bassetlaw. Retrieved 9 October 2021.
  14. ^ "Saint Jude's Parish : Worksop-Oldcotes". Parish of St Jude's Worksop, Oldcotes. Retrieved 9 October 2021.
  15. ^ Historic England. "Harworth War Memorial and enclosing walls (1421767)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  16. ^ Historic England. "Barn at Syringa House (1045718)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  17. ^ Historic England. "Dovecote Barn (1045717)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  18. ^ Historic England. "Willow Barn (1045716)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  19. ^ Historic England. "Grange Farmhouse (1280161)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  20. ^ Historic England. "High Farmhouse (1206685)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  21. ^ Historic England. "Syringa House (1206689)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 10 October 2021.

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