Nook Colliery or Nook Pit was a coal mine on the Manchester CoalfieldThe Manchester Coalfield is part of the Lancashire Coalfield. Some easily accessible seams were worked on a small scale from the Middle Ages, and extensively from the beginning of the Industrial Revolution until the last quarter of the 20th century. after 1866 in Tyldesley, Lancashire, England.[1]

The colliery’s first shaft was sunk to the Rams mine at 455 yards (416 m) in 1866 by the Astley and Tyldesley Coal and Salt Company to exploit the Middle Coal Measures of the Manchester Coalfield. The colliery expanded and eventually had five shafts and became one of the largest pits on the coalfield.[2] No.2 upcast shaft was sunk in 1873 and deepened to the Arley mine, a hot mine where temperatures reached 100 Fahrenheit, at 935 yards (855 m). No.3 shaft was sunk to 707 yards (646 m) to the Trencherbone mine through water-bearing rock in 1899.[3] No.4 shaft, sunk in 1913, intersected every workable coal seam in the coalfield.[4] The colliery had two horizontal winding engines.[5]

The colliery became part of Manchester Collieries in 1929 and the National Coal Board in 1947. In 1954, 1000 men were employed producing 440,000 tons of coal per annum. After closure most colliery buildings were demolished and the site landscaped. The pithead bath house built by the Miner’s Welfare Committee in the 1930s survived and was converted to other uses.[5] The pit was the subject of a painting by local artist, Roger Hampson.[6]

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Hayes, G. (2004). Collieries and their Railways in the Manchester Coalfields. Landmark.
Nook Colliery (1480583). (n.d.). Historic England. Retrieved from http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=1480583