Annesley Colliery – Nottinghamshire

The colliery at Annesley was first sunk in 1865 and closed during the 1990’s. When it closed it was the oldest working colliery in Nottinghamshire. The entire area was designated as a conservation area in 2000, which meant nothing could be demolished. During 2004 though, some 16 buildings were demolished by the owners, illegally.

I think this is by far one of my favourite explores to date. It’s a mess, but an interesting piece of Britain’s industrial history.


Outside, and you can’t help but be impressed by the mighty structure. It’s a shame that the other one was demolished.

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Inside – the shaft has been filled with rubble and capped. The lift would’ve been dual-purpose. Miners would’ve used a compartment at the top, and coal would’ve come up in the bottom section.

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Up to the top, via a rickety set of steps, and wow, what a view. The huge wheels were made in Tamworth.

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Winding gear, found in some nearby non-descript sheds.

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Ventilation Shaft

This can be seen on the left of the first picture. Shining the torch down it had no effect, so we had to go down the stairs. About 20 steps down it absolutely stunk of hydrogen sulfide(?) so we decided not to venture further. It was also flooded a bit further in.

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Bath house

The village of Annesley is a traditional mining village, with several large terraces for the workers to live. A quick walk and they were at work. Some may have cycled from further afield…

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The miners would’ve changed from their normal clothes and put them in these lockers.

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A quick walk to the “dirty” side’s lockers and they would’ve retrieved their work clothes.

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After working and putting the dirty clothes back in the dirty lockers, they would’ve showered. This huge shower room is in quite good condition, with soap still in some dispensers! After showering, the miners would’ve gone through to the clean side and got changed into their normal clothes.

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Back to the bikesheds, and home.


Also inside the bath house were a few offices and nurses block.

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Electricity Shop

This is the electrician’s workshop.

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Some of the various signs that were present.

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I’m slightly disappointed with myself. Whilst I got some cool photos inside most buildings, I didn’t really get any exterior shots. I may have to revisit…

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36 Responses to Annesley Colliery – Nottinghamshire

  1. Paul Liversidge says:

    I live in Annesley Village. Although I am not from a mining family, I think that it is a great shame that the owners of the Annesley Colliery site illegally demolished a large number of the buildings. It would be a tragedy if they were to be allowed to dispose of the last remaining headstock.

  2. steve smith says:

    well done to you those pictures are fab my gran lives in kirkby just down the road and i have to say those pics are superb ace job wish there were more detailed pics of cpllieries

  3. Tania Hodgson says:

    I live in Annesley village – if you want more shots, visit soon! The Parish council just had a meeting and Persimmon homes have plans in to develop the site, putting in heritage centre etc, but these buildings will be gone….(oct 2007)

  4. davinci says:

    its a cryin shame about annersley but wot about all the uther pits in this country. just remember 84/85 num tryed to keep em all open , wot did you scabs do apart from shutem you reep wot u saw.

  5. steve tidswell says:

    my farther was joiner at annesley from 1947 to 1960 nice to see someone still cares

  6. There still is a chance to save the remaining buildings (Headstock, Electrical House and Bathhouse).

    Contact “Annesley Conservation Trust (ACT)” via or email:

  7. Wendy says:

    My GGGUncle – Hezekiah Soar was a Miner then something called a ‘Coal Mine Viewer’ then (Under ?) Manager at Annesley between they years 1871- 1880 -1891 , his address is given first as 2 New Annesley then, 1 New Annesley. Is there anyone who would know where these address’ would be in the village ? I visited the site today and sadly all but the headstocks and one building are flattened.

    • michelle says:

      Hi Wendy, can you expand on Hezekiah please? He was my gggrandfather and i am a decendent of Walter Soars his 2nd eldest son. thanks

    • paul says:

      with regards to to the address of 1 , 2 new annesley , its possible to be 1,2 moseley road or 1,2 byron road .

  8. :) Sal says:

    Excellent pics mate, such a shame that there’s just a few buildings still left there.

    oh and to davinci, Arthur bloody Scargill wasn’t actually interested when my local collieries closed, Shirebrook, Pleasley, Crown Farm, Blidworth, Bilsthorpe, Mansfield, Clipstone, Tibshelf, Stanton Hill, Rainworth, Firbeck, etc, etc, etc. The only time he was actually interested in any collieries closing was when it was in his area. Orgreave springs to mind!!! so please get your facts right on that.

    Newstead colliery buildings were also listed if i remember rightly, and they were also demolished illegally.

    Cheers, excellent pics and an excellent website.

    🙂 Sal

  9. Geoff says:

    Fascinating to see some of the remains of our recent industrial past. My main interest is railways and the famous Annersley Cutters that started from this region to bring vast quatities of coal to the south. The 9F locomotives that ran sometimes at 90 mph down the Great Central with loads of 800 tons from Annersley and no brakes on the train (only the loco), now that takes some courage. But this was a very interesting view of where their loads came from.


  10. Lithium says:

    Glad you have photos of this mate. The headgear at this place is excellent and its criminal that the place was allowed to be ruined along with all the other pits that were axed by Thatcher’s government.

    This place should be a monument to the guys like my dad and grandfathers who worked in such devastatingly hellish conditions.

    Well done for recording a bit of history dude.

  11. Chris M says:

    A very interesting place. me and a friend took a drive out to this site to have a look for ourselfs. Think some of the buildings are gone now, but still, Its really cool. If you go exploring yourselfs just be warned, it seems a very dodgy area. our advice is don’t park your car anywhere near, we came back to find our tyres slashed.

  12. howard bellaby says:

    i also worked at annesley its a crying shame to see whats happened to such a great coal mine

    • john prince says:

      looking at the photos of the old pit brought back happy memories of the time i spent working at the pit

      • Christine Ann Budgell nee Taylor says:

        I am interested to know if you have always lived there as I was fostered by a Mr and Mrs Prince in the war at 42 Newstead Colliery, Christine

  13. dave blount says:

    I had the chance to transfer to annesley from bevercotes but was talked out of it.It was the biggest mistake i made.Felt sorry that along with ollerton they were sacrificed to keep thoresby open dispite producing better quality coal.

  14. lew says:

    i went on the pit last week cos i live in newstead, and the pics you have taken r nothin like the pit now cos hlf of the buildings you have taken pics of have bein knocked down. the pit is now under new management and bein knocked down. Also the electric building you can get into now. so get some more pics while you can.

  15. Lisa Brown says:

    I am one of the ‘villagers’ in Annesley Village and I would like to set the record straight. Most of the villagers we came across did NOT vote to have Annesley Headstock demolished and, in fact, wanted to keep and preserve the building. We did everything we could to help achieve this including raising nearly 15k towards a restoration project which we have now had to give back and the reason; the appalling incompetence of the local Liberal Democrats.

  16. Leigh Preston says:

    Are there any chances to still visit this site – any access , any chance to take a few pictures ?

  17. gary roe says:

    answers to
    Wendy – Annesley Rows was numberd 1 to 160 in two rows then no1 is Byron Road and 81 is no1 Moseley road.

    Steve Tidswell is my cousin Im at if he wants to e mail me
    Gary Roe

  18. gary roe says:

    Liegh- I can see it from my house , we climbed the headstocks earlier this year – be careful.

  19. stuart says:

    you must be commended on capturing the shadows of a most marvellous and atmospheric place. thank you for sharing your images, great to think that theres more of us out there fascinated by our proud industrial heritage

  20. gary roe says:

    the old canteen and baths have been flattened this week , it looks bare now but headstocks still standing.

  21. gary roe says:

    Headstock wheels gone now, Link to Tall dudes Flicka for picture

  22. Sue Channer says:

    Nice to see you on here Gaz! I work behind the colliery and have been watching the workers on there.
    The crane was in place on Friday, so i’m assuming they will start on the demolition this week. Very sad to see it go. Been taking pictures, and hope to video the actual demolition.

  23. Sally Topley says:

    WOW!!! I stumbled upon this site as it seems some Topley ancestors were miners from Annesley….
    and we have Hezekiahs and Soars…. so maybe we have a connection, Wendy?
    I live in Australia but plan to visit UK in Jun/July 2010 to soak up some old family history sites. Annesley is now on the list……..THANKS!

  24. I.Francis. says:

    Annesley Headstock/winding gear has gone they pulled them down in January2010.RIP.MINING HISTORY.

  25. Richard Stevenson says:

    To Garry Roe
    Hi Garry, I live in Thailad now, but as you know I lived and worked at Annesley Colliery, as did all our families.

    Regarding the addresses ofAnnesley Rows;

    Originally they were numbered starting from the “blocks”, Opposite the pit,can`t quite remember the numbers, but, in time George Lane lived @ No1 ,nearest Newstead,and Marshal Robson @ No 8., George was the best engineer I ever met in my career,Mr Robson was a gentleman in the time of gentlemen.
    From the end of the “blocks” you must now move up to the “Other Blocks”, opposite the “welfare”.
    There you will find the numbers continue from 9-25,bear in mind Garry I am going on rusty memory.

    Number 25, if my memory serves me right was the last house ,which was Bud Abbott`s house…..School master, opposite Badger.


    There are several possibilties, but I never found out!
    1) Managers House- Red Lodge, opposite poolice station, don`t think so, not old enough

    2) Undermangers house,(Mr Lounds in my day) behind post office

    3)The post office, note, Annesley village/pit were built to service the pit in 1865,ie thats when Annesley Cutting was made

    4) Annesley Railway Station,there were three in my chidhood,
    one down the road to the left hand side of the canteen and colliery brickworks,kilns. From the time that shaft sinking started in 1863 till the late 60`s, Annesley Colliery produced all the bricks that built the village and much, much more
    Another ,across the warren where Frank Wakefield lived,before Polish name people, on old LM S Line, my friends, Roy Adkins ,John Evans, and others used to sit at the side of the track and flag the train down on a satuday to go fishing @ trent bridge, i diverge
    A third, adjacent to Hollinwell golf course, opposite the, then was ,practice course, on the old LNER Line, which also happens to be, one of,the sources of the River Leen,.If you go toward Franks house, up the old LNER Line, opposite the old signal box it bubbles up there too.

    4) Annesley Farm (Winfileds Farm) Rented from coal owners/ board

    5)Annesley Church,built to serve the NEW ANNESLEY Community in 1863 by Major Chaworth Musters, burnt down by suffragettes in 1912??.,
    OLD ANNESLEY was a small village surrounding the north/ eastern side of the old “Annesley Hall”

    but I`m sure there is ONE MISSING NUMBER

    But,Ifeel sure that you can ADD 27 to everyhouse number of NEW ANNESLEY,ie, No1 Byron becomes No28
    No1 Mosley becomes No108

    somewhere, when I get home, I have the cottage rentbooks” for Annesley Village dating back to 1865,
    keep in touch,
    coming home late May/10

  26. Richard Stevenson says:

    Annesley Colliery was begun sinking in 1863

    My mothers`…….. fathers, lived in New Annesley as it was built, Aaron Parker, Richard Parker, John Parker,RobParker

    Many pits were closing at the time, I don`t know why, maybe cause there were many pits, and thats the way it was.
    It was therefore an attractive idea to allure mineworkers and theire families to newer, “modern mines”, inclusive of living accomodation.
    My Aunt Joyce informed me that in”1938 some of my familly stil lived in “DUGGOUTS”, ie, dug into in the side of the bank of the roadway, with tree spars, and grass sods for roof in Blidworth
    Such was the case with Annesley Colliery when sinking began in 1863

    word soon spread that the Company not only offered employment, but also housing.

    Also, the company provided a church,, school, sports facilities, very large gardens,free land, rail travel, and etc…..???!

    Fast forward…………..

    I started@ Annesley in 1965/6, can`t remember the exact date, but it was the same week that Mr Dennis Pearson( engineer) took over from a Mr Albert Redfern (enginwright)

    I never met Mr Redfern, but I have the deepest respect for Mr Pearson,my mentor

    Over time, I came to recognise the difference between Engineer and Enginwright
    Engiwright`s were born out of the fire, they could, and did, manufacture ALL the suspension chains,links, pins,, heat treatment of metals, passed on through time, untill we all swung on the end of the same rope

  27. Gary Roe says:

    Nice to hear from you Richard. The Rows numbering makes sense I just new it was Moseley and Byron from the start (my dad told me). Send us an e mail and I’ll send you some pics Im collecting
    I had my last five years at Annesley, good times and still live in Rows your old eight. Still see and in touch with a lot of Annesley men

  28. Joseph says:

    Hello, a bit late, but the whole pit has gone now and there is several houses built there now, two allready have people living in them!! They are building more houses at the back and I am really mad about it. It was a great place and it was nice going down there to go into the countryside. Now it will be covered in houses with lots of street light pollution. It’s really a shame what the done to the place and built all these unwanted houses, they have ruined it.

  29. Hello,
    as I am interested in industrial history, I visited Annesley colliery several times. It hurts me to see that this beautiful and historically important site has been sacrificed to the real-estate gamblers.
    You will find historic photographs on my website:
    Kind regards
    Harald Finster
    (Aachen, Germany)

  30. Tracy says:

    I am trying to trace my family tree and my grandad was a Waplington, and I think about 4 generations before him lived in Annesley. I’m confused by the ‘New Annesley’, ‘Old Annesley’ stuff?

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