In places the eastern edge of the coalfield extends into Derbyshire and members of the Peak District Mines Historical Society have recorded workings there. The latter work has been published in Mining History from 2002 onwards, predominantly by Heathcote.1 There are also regular reports on small coal workings by Barnatt in the PDMHS Newsletter over the same period. The latter also undertook a detailed surface archaeology surveys/analyses of Goyts Moss colliery.2 There have also been studies of mining around Whaley Bridge and in the Buxton coalfield.3,4

The main Derbyshire coalfield is a southern extension of the Yorkshire coalfield and so reflect it in many aspects. In turn, it dips eastwards into Nottinghamshire and north-east Leicestershire. There was a significant ironstone mining industry around Clay Cross.

The pages of the Derbyshire Archæological Journal and the Bulletin of the Peak District Mines Historical Society carry papers on this area.

When the coal industry was nationalised in 1947, there were 68 collieries in Derbyshire; now there are none. The last five pits to close were Renishaw Park (1989), Creswell (1991), Bolsover (1993), Markham (1993) & Shirebrook (1993)

  1. Heathcote, C. “Lead Veins within the Coal Mines around Whaley Bridge, New Mills and Bugsworth, Derbyshire” Mining History, Vol.15 No.1 (2002)
  2. Barnatt, J. & Leach, J. (1997) “The Goyt’s Moss Colliery, Buxton” Derbyshire Archaeological Journal Vol.117, pp.56-80
  3. Leach, J. (1992) Coal Mining around Whaley Bridge. Matlock: Derbyshire Library Service
  4. Roberts, A. F. & Leach, J. (1985) The Coal Mines of Buxton. Cromford: Scarthin Books


Collieries after Nationalisation in 1947

Colliery Location Opened Closed
Arkwright Arkwright Town 1899 April 1988
Blackwell ‘A’ Winning Berristow 1861 March 1969
Blackwell ‘B’ Winning Berristow 1880 November 1964
Bolsover Bolsover 1890 April 1993
Bond’s Main Temple Normanton 1896 May 1949
Glapwell Glapwell 1885 June 1974
Grassmoor Temple Normanton 1854 (August) (1950) Merged with Williamthorpe
High Moor Killamarsh 1957 (December) (1989) Merged with Kiveton Park
Holmewood Holmewood 1874 September 1968
Ireland Staveley 1875 (October) (1986)
Markham Duckmanton 1881 June 1993
Markham, No.1 Duckmanton 1881 (March) (1967) Merged with Markham
Markham, No.2 Duckmanton 1887 (March) (1967) Merged with Markham
Markham, No.4 Duckmanton 1930 (March) (1967) Merged with Markham
Morton Morton 1866 May 1965
New Hucknall Sutton-in-Ashfield 1876 1982
Oxcroft Clowne 1900 April 1974
Park House Danesmoor 1880 October 1962
Pilsley Pilsley 1867 April 1957
Pleasley Pleasley Hill 1871 (January) (1984)
Ramcroft Heath 1915 October 1966
Renishaw Park Eckington 1859 March 1989
Silverhill Sutton-in-Ashfield 1875 December 1992
Sutton Sutton-in-Ashfield 1874 August 1989
Teversal Sutton-in-Ashfield July 1980
Westthorpe Sheffield 1923 February 1984
Williamthorpe Temple Normanton 1854 March 1970
Dates in brackets indicate the date that the colliery merged with another
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