One of England's last coalmines to close near Durham

THE GUARDIAN | Thousands of years of English coalmining will near an end this week with the closure of one of the country’s last remaining coalmines in Bradley near Durham.

The owner of the surface mine, the Banks Group, said Bradley will extract its last coal on Monday 17 August, two months after its sister site at Shotton in Northumberland ended its own coal production.

Banks Group applied for permission to extend the life of its last mine in England until 2021 but the application was turned down earlier this summer.

The closure leaves only the Hartington mine in Derbyshire, which had planned to shut at the start of the month, as the last surface mine in England still eking out its remaining coal reserves for longer than expected.

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