THIS week’s picture shows workers outside Shireoaks Colliery drift in 1978.
Shireoaks Colliery Co was registered in December 1864, although the colliery itself dated back to the previous decade.
The shaft was sunk from March 1854 and the first coal was reached in February 1859.
The company had mining interests throughout the area and in May 1873 work began on sinking the shaft at a new colliery at Steetley.
Both Shireoaks and Steetley were allocated to the National Coal Board’s North East Division Number One Area on nationalisation in 1947.
In March 1967 both collieries were transferred to the South Yorkshire Area and in March 1983 these two collieries were merged.
This brought surface working at Steetley to an end.
In April 1990 the merged colliery was transferred to the South Yorkshire group and it closed a month later.
Whitwell Colliery was also sunk by the Shireoaks Colliery Co during 1890-91 and was deepened during the 1920s.
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