Several mines have been worked on Barlborough Common and in the surrounding area but coal was not the only mineral worked. Nineteenth century maps show extensive working of coal, clay and limestone. There were several lime kilns in one quarry possibly owned by Edward Scholefield who is known to have owned a lime works here in 1811.
It is also possible that the minerals may have been worked along with ironstone at least as early as the eleventh century as the village of Barlborough has an entry in the Doomsday book of 1086 and the minerals may have been used in the local farms and houses.
Barlborough Common. Farey mentions 1811. 471762. Worked for the Rodes family by Appleby and Company for the Companies Eckington Ironworks. There were several mining operations in that area. The last of the collieries closed during World War Two.
Beighton Field. 457767. Farey mentions 1811. 1600-1800. Several colliery shafts in an area around Beighton Fields Priory and Barlborough Low Common. Mining coal and clay from the High Hazel and Top Hards seam. Produced its own bricks.
Barlborough. (Speetley Colliery?) 490777. Near to Speetley Cottages.
Abandoned by 1953 maps.
Barlborough Colliery 483758. Sunk in 1873 also called Oxcroft No 3.
Derbyshire Times. 27th October 1888.
A meeting of the miners employed at Barlborough Colliery belonging to the Staveley Coal & Iron Company was held at the Anchor Inn Clowne on Monday night. A resolution was passed that the miners must stand by their notices.
21st October 1893.
A crowded meeting of the Barlborough and Southgate miners was held in the large room of the Anchor Inn Clowne on Saturday. Mr. C. Johnson moved that the miners of both collieries be not prepared to accept any reduction in their wages. But hereby pledge them selves to abide loyally by the decision of the Federation. Mr. S. Woodhead (amidst cheers) said they were prepared to hear the New Year chimed in before they would return to work at the master’s terms.
3rd September 1921.
The Staveley Company’s Barlborough pit where about 850 are employed is to be closed down. Mr. D.N.Turner Agent of Staveley Coal & Iron Company told the Derbyshire Couriers reporter that the reason for closing the pit was that it was working at a loss the men would no doubt be given their notices next week. The Barlborough Colliery is a hard coal pit and has two shafts. The closing of this pit following so closely on the shutting down of Markham No.1 and Bonds Main pits will cause a vast amount of suffering and hardship to Barlborough and the surrounding villages.
24th March 1923.
The Staveley Coal & Iron Company’s Barlborough Colliery is getting worked out but with alterations and developments which the Company propose to make at the pit will prevent those at present employed there being thrown out of work. It is proposed to sink in to the Blackshale seam necessitating the building of a new engine house for winding purposes and to develop still further the Deep Soft seam.
Mr. D. N. Turner Agent stated that immediate operations would commence with a view to deepening the shaft which is now in use and also another shaft close by but which has not been used for many years. It would not be necessary to employ additional miners he said because as it is – is getting worked out. As it became worked out the labour would be absorbed into the new development consequently no unemployment would be caused.
17th December 1921.
Hartington and Barlborough Collieries.
A startling statement was made this week by Mr. D. N. Turner Agent to the Staveley Coal & Iron Co to the effect that unless the men at the Hartington and Barlborough pits were prepared to accept a substantial reduction in wages the Company could not see their way to run these pits any longer. Some 1,500 men will be affected if this drastic threat is carried out. With the winter approaching the untold suffering will be caused in the Staveley district unless the men are given employment in the other pits under the Company.
24th December 1921.
Is Mr. Markham Joking
Not many miners unions can boast of such a generous Christmas box as the Derbyshire Association, which has been offered by Mr. Charles Markham the gift of two large coal, mines Hartington and Barlborough. He says he is losing money on them and he intends to lose no more. He told Mr. Frank Hall secretary to the Derbyshire Miners Association that the Association could take the pits and work them provided that they indemnify the Staveley Coal & Iron Company against any loss.
Seen by our representative on Wednesday Mr. Hall said “we do not take Mr. Markham to seriously, he did tell us to take the two pits and work them ourselves as he did not mean to stand the loss any longer, but the Staveley Company was not built up by giving pits away. If we did have them I have no doubt but what we could make a good thing out of them”.
1835-1868. Worked the Clowne seam from three shafts at 22yards deep for the Rodes and Pole families also coked the coal and mined and produced bricks.
Hazel Colliery or Hazel Well Colliery and Brickyard. (Ex Cottam New Colliery).
Serviced by the L.D.&E.C.Railway. Opened in 1909 by a consortium of local businessmen and closed in 1914 for coal production but continued to produce bricks as the Barlborough Brick Company Limited until closure in 1917.
1865-1894 460776. Worked the Top Hard coals at 73 yards from the surface.
Knitaker or Nittaker,
Mentioned in 1811 by Farey as working under yellow lime. Owned by the Rodes family and working from early eighteenth to early nineteenth century.
Park Hall Drift.
1895-1908 469787. Worked by the Park Hall Colliery Company to work the High Hazel seam but closed in 1908 as unprofitable. Employed at its peak 100 men underground and 30 on the surface.
An area worked from the middle ages on lands owned by the Rodes family of Barlborough Hall. Presumably the coal fed the fires of the Hall. Mentioned by Farey 1811. Not worked much in the 19th Century.
Pebley or Peggers Pit.
1896-1928. 49107785. A Staveley Company pit. Working the Two Foot Seam. Top Hards and High Hazel seams. The number two shaft was deepened in 1937 to the Deep Soft and Sitwell seams. The colliery closed in 1928 as unprofitable. 31 men employed underground and 35 on the surface.
Westfield Colliery. 464771
1811. Worked by two shafts just off Westfield Lane into the High Hazel seam at 150 feet from the surface. There were several shafts here from 1780-1930.
Woodhouse Lane Colliery. 1830-1878. 466762.
Working the shallow seams of the Top Hard and High Hazel for the Rodes family.
Clay pits at 460766. Limestone Quarry and Lime Kilns at 490773.
SK. 454758. In 1840 a pub existed at Mastin moor called the Jovial Collier.