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Monument record MDR9615 - Lower Birchwood Colliery (site of), Somercotes

Type and Period (2)

  • (Victorian to Mid 20th Century - 1850 AD to 1950 AD)
  • (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

Site of Seeleys Birchwood Colliery, now used as a scrapyard, adjacent to the main Sheffield-Nottingham railway line at Birchwood Lane. Some of the former colliery buildings remain in use [in 1972]. (1) The 1st ed. 25" Ordnance Survey map of c. 1880 names the site 'Lower Birchwood Colliery, with three engine houses marked, as well as several 'old shafts'. The colliery was linked by a short tramway to the Midland Railway to the east and by a longer stretch of tramway that ran north-west to another engine house and shafts immediately south of Cotespark Farm. The 2nd edition OS map indicates that the latter tramway had been dismantled by the end of the 19th century, with the workings south of Cotespark Farm having gone out of use. (2, 3) Coillery spoil heaps of the Butterley Company's Birchwood Coillery is clearly visible to the west of Birchwood Lane. The coillery was linked to the Pinxton arm of the Cromford Canal at Pye Bridge by a tramway. (4)

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Index: Council for British Archaeology (CBA). CBA Industrial Archaeology Report Card. Seelys Colliery, Birchwood.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). 1882. OS County Series, 1st edition, scale 1:2500 (c. 25" to one mile).
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). 1896-1900. OS County Series, 2nd edition (1st revision), scale 1:2500 (c. 25" to one mile).
  • <4> Bibliographic reference: Fowkes, D (ed.). 2011. Derbyshire Industrial Archaeology: A Gazetteer of Sites, Part III, Borough of Amber Valley (second edition). pp. 35.



Grid reference Centred SK 43163 54408 (1233m by 404m)

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Record last edited

Jan 4 2018 2:58PM

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