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Doncaster’s Mining Communities

27 January @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm GMT

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Local historian and author Dave Fordham will give an illustrated talk on the rapid growth of the Doncaster Coalfield in the early 20th Century, as around 12 new pits were developed. These were coupled with the construction of entirely new mining communities which eventually surrounded the market town of Doncaster.

A Woodlands Family
A Woodlands Family

In this talk it is hoped to answer the following questions:

  • Why was the coalfield developed?
  • Who were the industrialists who owned the collieries?
  • Where did the coal miners and their families come from?
  • Why did the colliery owners choose to provide their own housing?

The story is continued with a look at changes since the nationalisation of the coal mining industry, together with the 1984/5 Miners Strike and the subsequent decline, culminating in the closure of the last Doncaster pit at Hatfield in 2015, leaving a series of former colliery communities now without their coal mines.

The talk concludes with a look at Doncaster’s coal mining legacy.


27 January
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm GMT