List of collieries in Yorkshire (1984–2015)

In 1984, the Yorkshire area had a total of 56 collieries. The last deep coal mine was Kellingley Colliery which closed on Friday 18 December 2015 signalling the end of deep coal mining not only in Yorkshire but in Britain as a whole.[1] Hatfield Colliery closed in mid 2015.

In 1984, 15 of the collieries were in the Wakefield district, 11 in the Rotherham district, 10 in the Barnsley district, 9 in the Doncaster district, 6 in the Selby district, 3 in the Leeds district and 2 in the Kirklees district. The Yorkshire Area of the Coal Board also included Manton and Shireoaks collieries, which were geographically in Nottinghamshire; they closed in 1994 and 1990 respectively.

Colliery Name District Year of closure Notes
Ackton Hall Wakefield 1985 at Featherstone
Allerton Bywater Leeds 1992
Askern Doncaster 1991
Barnburgh Doncaster 1989
Barnsley Main Barnsley 1991 Originally closed in 1966. Reopened to transfer workers from the Barrow pit, which closed in 1985 owing to geological problems. Pit head still stands.
Bentley Doncaster 1993
Brodsworth Doncaster 1990
Brookhouse Rotherham 1985
Bullcliffe Wood Wakefield 1985 merged with Denby Grange; at Netherton village
Cadeby & Denaby Doncaster 1986
Caphouse Wakefield 1985 merged with Denby Grange. Isolated pit, closest to Overton village. Still "open" as the National Coal Mining Museum for England
Cortonwood Barnsley 1985
Darfield Barnsley 1989 merged with Houghton Main
Dearne Valley Barnsley 1989
Denby Grange Wakefield 1991 at Netherton village
Dinnington Rotherham 1991
Dodworth Barnsley 1987 between 1985-7, only Redbrook shaft operated - known as 'Redbrook Colliery'
Emley, West Yorkshire Kirklees 1985
Ferrymoor/Riddings Wakefield 1985 merged with South Kirkby; located at South Kirkby
Frickley/South Elmsall Wakefield 1993
Fryston Wakefield 1985
Gascoigne Wood Selby 2004 part of Selby Coalfield complex, drift mine, exit point for all coal mined in Selby coalfield complex
Glasshoughton Wakefield 1986
Goldthorpe Barnsley 1994
Grimethorpe Barnsley 1993 famed for Grimethorpe Colliery Band and setting for film Brassed Off
Hatfield Doncaster 2015 previously closed in 1993, 2001 and 2004
Hickleton Main Barnsley 1986 at Thurnscoe village. Merged with Goldthorpe
Houghton Main Barnsley 1993 see Little Houghton and Great Houghton
Kellingley Selby/Wakefield 2015 Last deep mine in the UK. Last colliery in Yorkshire, nearby Hatfield closed mid 2015.
Kilnhurst Rotherham 1989
Kinsley Wakefield 1986
Kiveton Park Rotherham 1994
Ledston Luck Leeds 1986
Maltby Rotherham 2013
Manvers Main Rotherham 1988
Markham Main Doncaster 1996 originally closed 1992, reopened 1994. There was also a colliery just called 'Markham', which is in Derbyshire
North Gawber Barnsley 1985 merged with Woolley
North Selby Selby 1997 part of Selby Coalfield complex
Nostell Wakefield 1987
Park Mill Kirklees 1989 at Clayton West village
Prince of Wales Wakefield 2002 at Pontefract
Riccall Selby 2004 part of Selby Coalfield complex
Rossington Doncaster 2007[2]
Royston Barnsley 1989
Savile Leeds 1985 at Methley. Often confused with the Savile & Shawcross colliery, which had closed in 1968
Sharlston Wakefield 1993
Silverwood Rotherham 1994 merged with Maltby
South Kirkby Wakefield 1988
Stillingfleet Selby 2004 part of Selby Coalfield complex
Thurcroft Rotherham 1991
Treeton Rotherham 1991
Wath Rotherham 1986 merged with Manvers
Wheldale Wakefield 1987
Whitemoor Selby 1996 part of Selby Coalfield complex
Wistow Selby 2004 part of Selby Coalfield complex
Woolley Wakefield 1987
Yorkshire Main Doncaster 1985 in Edlington village


"Pit closures, year by year". BBC News. 5 March 2004. Retrieved 7 October 2008.

  • Colin Jackson, The Complete A-Z of Colliery Names, Pre-1947 Owners, Areas & Dates, Volume 2, published by the National Coal Mining Museum for England, 2002.
  • Coal Mining in the British Isles, Northern Mine Research Society
  1. ^ "Last British deep coal mine capped off". BBC News. 14 March 2016. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  2. ^ BBC News - Plans for 1,200 homes on Rossington colliery approved
List of coal mines in the United Kingdom

This is a list of coal mines in the United Kingdom, sorted by those operating in the 2010s and those closed before this decade.

The last operating deep coal mine in the United Kingdom, Kellingley colliery in North Yorkshire, closed in December 2015. Most continuing coal mines are collieries owned by freeminers, or are open pit mines of which there were 26 in 2014.


Yorkshire (; abbreviated Yorks), formally known as the County of York, is a historic county of Northern England and the largest in the United Kingdom. Due to its great size in comparison to other English counties, functions have been undertaken over time by its subdivisions, which have also been subject to periodic reform. Throughout these changes, Yorkshire has continued to be recognised as a geographical territory and cultural region. The name is familiar and well understood across the United Kingdom and is in common use in the media and the military, and also features in the titles of current areas of civil administration such as North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and East Riding of Yorkshire.

Within the borders of the historic county of Yorkshire are vast stretches of unspoiled countryside. This can be found in the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors and with the open aspect of some of the major cities. Yorkshire has also been nicknamed "God's Own Country".The emblem of Yorkshire is the White Rose of the English royal House of York, and the most commonly used flag representative of Yorkshire is the White Rose on a blue background, which after nearly fifty years of use, was recognised by the Flag Institute on 29 July 2008. Yorkshire Day, held annually on 1 August, is a celebration of the general culture of Yorkshire, ranging from its history to its own dialect.Yorkshire is covered by different Government Office Regions. Most of the county falls within Yorkshire and the Humber while the extreme northern part of the county, such as Middlesbrough, Redcar, Holwick and Startforth, falls within North East England. Small areas in the west of the county are covered by the North West England region.

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