Coal mining records, data, deeds and documents
How to get data and documents held by the Coal Authority.
The Coal Authority holds a large quantity of data, including historic information, relating to coal mining in the United Kingdom.
Get coal mining data
You can get extracts of the following datasets in GIS format (ESRI, MapInfo, others by request) from the national database:
- Underground workings
- Mine Entries
- Probable workings
- Underground roadways
- Licenced underground roadways
- Unlicenced opencast workings
- Licence areas
- Geological disturbances
Charges for this data vary according to the size of the subject area. You can get pricing information and sample data by emailing email@example.com
From 1 December 2015, the Coal Authority has also made available its coal mining data to external parties under commercial licencing terms
Free datasets available
If you need to find out if you need a Coal Authority mining report the CON29M Coal and Brine polygon data provides information of areas where a CON29M coal and brine search should be made. This information is used by solicitors, search providers and members of the public.
Get historic digital coal mining data
Coal abandonment plans
You may need to access historic mine plans for research purposes, for desktop studies prior to development or if you simply have an interest in the history of mining. The mining records office houses a collection of coal abandonment plans, covering both opencast and deep mining operations, which depict areas of coal extraction and the point of entry into the same. All plans have been digitally scanned and are available to any interested parties.
Digital or paper copies of abandonment plans can be ordered by submitting your site plan and request to firstname.lastname@example.org
British Coal photograph collection
If you are interested in coal mining history we have a large collection of old British Coal photographs. These photos are from a wide range of collieries covering every aspect of coal mining. These have all been scanned, are searchable and are available in the Mining Heritage Centre to view digitally.
Digital or paper prints of photos can be ordered by submitting your order request to email@example.com
If you would prefer to view the plans or photos on our bespoke viewing system at the Mansfield office then please call the Mining Heritage Centre on 01623 637235 to arrange an appointment
Get historic paper coal mining records
Coal holdings register (CHR)
If you need to research mines/minerals ownership for a particular area/site then you will need to look at the CHR. This is a paper archive held at the Mining Heritage Centre. The CHR dealt with the transfer in ownership of coal and other minerals prior to the Nationalisation of the Coal Industry.
Any investigation into the title to mines/minerals in a coal mining area must involve an inspection of the CHR. The Coal Authority will not regard the investigation as being done properly without this being carried out.
To search the CHR you will need to provide a plan of your area of interest along with your request for a search to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need details on a coal mining licence then you will need to refer to the Coal Authority’s licence register. This holds details of all current granted coal mining licences (underground, opencast and underground coal gasification) and also any current applications. These are usually requested by homeowners if they receive a mining report that mentions a particular licence. An entry in the licence register provides you with details of the licensee and a plan of the area affected.
If you would like a copy of an entry from the licence register then you will need to submit your request, naming the licence you are interested in, to email@example.com
Property deeds and documents
In the first instance all enquiries should be directed to the Land Registry
If your title deeds to a residential property have been lost, stolen or destroyed, the Authority may be able to provide certified copies. The Coal Authority has in its archives copies of many of the documents created when land and property has been sold or otherwise disposed of by the National Coal Board/British Coal Corporation. These include:
- Uncertified copies of deeds or documents
- Certified copies of deeds or documents
- Replacement title deeds
If you need any of the above then submit your request to firstname.lastname@example.org
Fees and Charges
To view charges and order our data please view our fee information
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Customer services, mining reports and records
200 Lichfield Lane
Telephone 0345 762 6848
Telephone from outside the UK (Monday to Thursday, 8:45am to 5pm, Friday, 8:45am to 4:30pm GMT) +44(0)1623 637000