Definition of colliery in English:



  • A coal mine and the buildings and equipment associated with it.

    • ‘A breath of hope came in 1994 when UK Coal's predecessor RJB Mining, bought 21 collieries from British Coal, including many in this region.’
    • ‘Planning permission already exists for parts of the colliery where coal has been extracted, although these permissions are due to run out this year.’
    • ‘But unlike in England, where UK Coal owns 13 of the 14 remaining collieries, Scottish Coal had no way of juggling output when Longannet hit production problems.’
    • ‘Mr Richards had been a banksman at Cleworth Hall Colliery in Tyldesley and until he retired worked as a service man collecting coal samples from collieries throughout Lancashire.’
    • ‘Ralph further expanded the road haulage side and was one of the first coal merchants in the south to collect coal direct from collieries in South Wales and the Midlands.’
    • ‘No one wants a colliery on their doorstep or a coal mine under their home.’
    • ‘But it is these values that are at odds with those of other local residents (regarded as incomers by the miners) who want to see the open-cast collieries in the area closed.’
    • ‘UK Coal admitted some equipment had been taken to some of its other pits but said the colliery would be sold to any prospective bidder.’
    • ‘SEVEN collieries in the region are among nine mines to share a £16.5m Government handout designed to help safeguard their future.’
    • ‘Dr Raisman's great-grandfather traded in horses, many of which became pit ponies in Yorkshire's collieries.’
    • ‘The colliery is now producing 10,000 tonnes of coal a week, which is 2,000 more than before the mine went into receivership.’
    • ‘In 1946, just prior to nationalisation, only 14 out of Fife's 34 collieries had pithead baths; after nationalisation they all got them.’
    • ‘Campaigner Gerald Carr, a retired mining engineer who spent 34 years working in local collieries, is leader of the residents' association.’
    • ‘The depth of pits in the local collieries frequently exceeded 600 m underground.’
    • ‘Back in 1831, Welsh coal miners at the tower colliery invented the red flag as a symbol of rebellion.’
    • ‘The civic society is appealing for people connected with the colliery to come forward with recollections of life at the pit.’
    • ‘The shaft is likely to be a remnant of the former colliery on the site.’
    • ‘At that time the mining workers' unions of the colliery supported the band financially, each miner paying a penny from his wages.’
    • ‘The organisation of services at collieries and contact with miners gave him great pleasure.’
    • ‘They formed an alliance with Coal Investments, but their bid for six collieries was eventually rejected.’