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Not to be confused with Haworth.
Harworth Colliery - geograph.org.uk - 1623383.jpg
Harworth Colliery in 2009
Harworth is located in Nottinghamshire
 Harworth shown within Nottinghamshire
OS grid reference SK615915
District Bassetlaw
Shire county Nottinghamshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district DN11
Dialling code 01302
Police Nottinghamshire
Fire Nottinghamshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Bassetlaw
List of places

Coordinates: 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, United Kingdom. It is approximately 8 miles (13 km) north of Worksop. Together with its neighbour mining town of Bircotes, it forms the civil parish of Harworth and Bircotes, with a combined population of nearly 8,000 residents. The settlements are part of the modern district of Bassetlaw - two districts combined (the district of Worksop and the district of retford).

The Harworth coal mine used to produce coal for the power stations on the River Trent. The Colliery was 'mothballed' in 2003.


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.

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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 cyclist — World Champion in 1965. Tom began his cycling career as a club member at Harworth and District Cycling Club. After his death in France, the body was brought back to Nottinghamshire and interred in Harworth's cemetery. A small museum dedicated to his achievements (opened in August 2001) 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.


There is one C of E 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.

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