The Clipstone Colliery can be found and seen right off the 7-30 Mansfield Road, Clipstone, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, on the outskirts of ‘The Dukeries’, England.
In 1912 the Bolsover Mining Company leased 6,000 acres from the Duke of Portland for the right to mine. It was found that Tophard and coal were present 640 yards beneath the surface. When the World War broke out in 1914 sinking the 2 shafts was halted at 50 feet. However, work on the surrounding buildings went on until completed. By 1919, after World War 1 was over, the deepening of the shafts was continued and in 1922 the 2 shafts were completed. Clipstone was then established as a model town by Bolsover Mining Company in 1926, where the Clipstone Army Camp had been. In 1927 mining the coal began. When World War II came around the coal had begun to become exhausted and the shafts needed to be made deeper. By the end of the 1940’s they were made deeper, to over 1,000 feet and by 1953 all the old equipment was replaced. In 1993 the mine was closed by British Coal and in 1994 it was re-opened by RJB mining with a limited license to dig coal to the 1,000 feet seam. The Clipstone Colliery was finally closed in 2003.
The Clipstone Colliery shaft head-frames were the 2 tallest in the UK when built and are about 213 feet tall. In 2000 the Colliery shafts were listed as a Grade II Historic Building as an early example of the ‘Koepe’ system and are the earliest on site example left standing in England. Sadly this did not keep all the remaining buildings from being demolished, in 2003 the Clipstone towns people voted for the demolition of the whole site! Though the Coal Authority consented to the demolition, with the exception that the 2 shaft head-frames and the winder house remain. Unfortunately, there has been word that people would like to see it removed from being a Grade II Listed Structure and have the rest torn down, hopefully this will not come to pass as these things are awesome monuments to a former life!
Where is the abandoned Clipstone Colliery located? You can find this historic coal mine with these coordinates. 53.1633,-1.111121.
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