Welbeck

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Le Parc de Welbeck, after Abraham van Diepenbeeck

Welbeck is a village in Nottinghamshire, England, slightly to the south-west of Worksop.[1] The village population is included in the civil parish of Holbeck.

Welbeck became a coal-mining centre in 1912[2] and has a famous stately home, Welbeck Abbey, home of the Dukes of Portland,[3] and which was founded in the twelfth century as a monastery.[4]

Among the famous people from Welbeck is former cricketer, Ted Alletson, who held a batting world record for 50 years.

Archduke Franz Ferdinand accepted an invitation from the Duke of Portland to stay at Welbeck Abbey and arrived with his wife, Sophie, by train at Worksop on 22 November 1913. This was almost a year before his assassination, which triggered off the First World War. The Archduke narrowly avoided being killed in a freak hunting accident during his stay.[5]

Colliery[edit]

The Welbeck Colliery operated from 1912 to 2011, with a maximum of 1,400 miners producing 1.5 million tons per year. It was lastly operated by UK Coal after the dissolution of the National Coal Board.[6] In 2010 UK Coal were fined £1.2 million of safety breaches at Welbeck Colliery that resulted in the death of a worker.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maps of the world, country map search – powered by Multimap
  2. ^ Welbeck
  3. ^ Nottinghamshire: history and archaeology | Great Houses of Nottinghamshire: Welbeck (part 1)
  4. ^ Nottinghamshire: history and archaeology | Miscellaneous articles: Country Homes: Welbeck Abbey, Nottinghamshire (1)
  5. ^ BBC News 25 November 2013: Could Franz Ferdinand Welbeck gun accident have halted WWI? Accessed 25 November 2013
  6. ^ "Welbeck Colliery". UK coal. Retrieved 22 December 2011.
  7. ^ "UK Coal fined over miner deaths at Daw Mill and Welbeck". BBC News. 14 December 2011. Retrieved 22 December 2011.

External links[edit]

Media related to Welbeck at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 53°15′40″N 1°10′05″W / 53.261°N 1.168°W / 53.261; -1.168