Thoresby Colliery

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The Thoresby Colliery was an underground coal mine in Nottinghamshire, England, which was owned and operated by UK Coal.

As of July 2015, the mine is closed.[1]


The map below shows the exact location of the now-closed mine in Nottinghamshire, England.

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The sinking of Thoresby’s two shafts began in 1925 and full production commenced in 1928. UK Coal acquired the mine following the privatization of the UK mining industry in 1994.[2]

According to the UK Coal company website, in October 2012, the company states that "the mine’s reserves are expected to last until at least 2019".[3] However, in April 2014, UK Coal (which went into administration in 2013 due to strong competition from cheaper coal imports) announced its plan to close Thoresby Mine early.[1] And in July 2015, the mine—which was one of only two or three operating underground mines in the country at the time—closed.[1]

Mine Details

  • Operator: UK Coal
  • Owner: UK Coal
  • Location: Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Coordinates: 53.201406, -1.050485 (exact)
  • Status: Closed (2015)
  • Capacity: 1.2 million tonnes per annum[2]
  • Total Reserves:
  • Mineable Reserves: 9 million tonnes (2013)[2]
  • Coal Type: Bituminous (Thermal)
  • Mine Type: Underground, "deep-soft"
  • Start Year: 1925[2]
  • Source of Financing:

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Nottinghamshire's Thoresby Colliery closes after 90 years", BBC News, 10 July 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Thoresby deep mine", UK Coal website, Archived from the original on 18 July 2013, Accessed April 2023.
  3. UK Coal, "Our deep mines", UK Coal website, Archived from the original, on 15 July 2013, Accessed April 2023.

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