Illustration of a mine


Mining has made a huge impact upon the landscape of Sherwood, this is especially true of the period 1850-1950.

The Nottinghamshire coalfield is huge, stretching to Derbyshire and Yorkshire. The coalfield has been mined for centuries. It dips from west to east. The western part of the coalfield is closer to the surface so easier to access. This is why the first collieries were in the west, near the Derbyshire Border.

key questions

This unit will consider:

  • Why were there so many mines in and around Sherwood Forest?
  • Who worked at the mines?
  • What did they do and what were working conditions like?
  • What impact did the mines have on local communities?

watch the video

Play Video about miners hvaing snap down in the coal pit

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