These photographs were taken in 1997 as part of a Local History project for Nottingham University.
Clipstone Colliery was founded by the Bolsover Colliery Company in 1912. Work was suspended in 1914 owing to the outbreak of war, and resumed in 1920. Coal was reached in April 1922.
In 1947 The colliery was nationalised and came under the National Coal Board. This then became the British Coal Corporation in 1987 (referred to as British Coal)
1993 Closure & Re-opening
Clipstone Colliery was closed by British Coal in 1993. After only a few weeks, was purchased and re-opened by R.J.B. Mining, with an investment of £5,000,000 and an expected life of at least five years.
1997 – Local History Study in A Sensitive Time
Autumn 1997 was a very sensitive time at the Colliery, as was made clear when I was challenged by the Manager himself, whilst taking photographs of the site. He was concerned that I was from the ‘Press’. This followed a report in the local newspapers the week before, that there may be redundancies at the pit. Once again it was a worrying time for miners at Clipstone Colliery and the whole village. By the end of November 1997, it was confirmed in the newspapers that 78 of its miners were to be made redundant.
Not all facilities provided by the former owners ‘British Coal’ were used by R.J.B. Mining. The building complex, situated across the road from the main Colliery site, appeared to be derelict even though some of its building were still in use. The Medical Centre and Canteen were both closed, but the Boiler House and Baths were still in use.
The Colliery finally ceased production and closed in April 2003.
All that remains are the headstocks which have an unknown future.