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Shirebrook Colliery

The colliery was owned by the Shirebrook Colliery Limited. The two shafts were sunk, in 1896-97 to a depth of 520 metres into the Top Hard seam. By March 1896, when sinking operations began on No.1 shaft of Shirebrook Colliery, the village was invaded by thousands of newcomers from other parts of the country - Nottinghamshire, the West Midlands, even Cornwall - in search of a home and job at the n…