Bersham Colliery was started by the Barnes family of Liverpool in 1864, the first coal being raised in 1874, sinking was completed by 1879 after many difficulties. The mine was operational until 1986 when it closed at the cost of 480 jobs, it was also the last operational colliery in Denbighshire. Post closure the site was turned into a business park thus most of the buildings such as the offices, stores etc, have survived as did No 2 shaft headgear and winding engine house complete with its 300HP electric winding engine. Wrexham Council in conjunction with Shropshire mines trust made the site secure and tidy thus ensuring the future survival of the headgear and winding house but proposals for a museum on the site were shelved. Access is via pre arrangement with the Council or you can try approaching the site manager who kindly took me around. The mine is located at NGR SJ312481





bersham colliery - PIT COMPLEX