Unlike parts of South Yorkshire this area has very few workable coals above the Barnsley or Top Hard coal. This results from a mixture of seam thinning and erosion.
A few pre-1998 papers on Nottinghamshire mining have been listed by Brook and Griffin gives an overview of the pre-nationalised industry there.1,2
Thoresby colliery was still producing coal in 2015.
When the coal industry was nationalised in 1947, there were 49 collieries in Nottinghamshire; now there is just one. The last five pits to close were Calverton (1999), Annesley (2000), Clipstone (2003), Harworth (2006) & Wellbeck (2010)
- Brook, M. A Nottinghamshire Bibliography: Publications on Nottinghamshire History before 1998 (The Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire in association with the Nottingham Civic Society, 2002).
- Griffin, A.R. Mining in the East Midlands, 1550-1947 (Routledge, 1971)
Collieries after Nationalisation in 1947
|Babbington||Cinderhill||1842||(January)||(1986)||Merged with Hucknall|
|Radford||Radford||1854||(December)||(1961)||Merged with Wollaton|
|Radford & Wollaton||Wollaton||1854||April||1965|
|Wollaton||Wollaton||1874||(December)||(1961)||Merged with Radford|