Building record M2062 - Bestwood Colliery Winding Engine House


ENGINE HOUSE (Victorian to Late 20th Century)


Grid reference Centred SK 55641 47460 (20m by 15m)
Map sheet SK54NE
District Gedling
Civil Parish Bestwood Park (G), Gedling


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

A fine 3 storey winding engine house with its associated headstock on the No 2 shaft, Bestwood, has been preserved by the County Council. It contains a vertical twin cylinder steam engine of 1873, possibly by Worsley Messrs. Built locally for the Bestwood Iron and Coal Company, the engine is virtually complete, save for some footplates missing. It has been out of use since 1971. The building characteristically tall, is rather pretentiously decorated, in common with the company's other works. It has a stuccoed, rusticated plinth. It has lost most of its windows, but looks basically sound. (1)
The only twin cylinder steam vertical winder in England.
The winding engine house was built to an Italianate design. Restored and opened as an attraction in 1995. The site has been landscaped by the County Council. (6)

NCC?, Bestwood Colliery Winding Engine (Plan). SNT4425.

Data Held (Document). SNT2647.

(4), Ind Arch File

Data Held: Ground Photograph (Ground photograph). SNT2646.

8 colour print, A92/7, A93/1,2, SMR

Listed buildings slides, 27 slides (Photograph). SNT2648.

<1> White PR, 1973, AM7 (Unpublished document). SNT1413.

<1> Gedling Borough Council, 1991, Gedling's Heritage, 28 (Published document). SNT1552.

<2> Falconer K, 1980, England's Industrial Heritage, p 174 (Published document). SNT684.

<3> Ayris IM, 1983, AM107 (Unpublished document). SNT424.

<4> Reedman K, 1977, Pers Comm (Personal comment). SNT1180.

<5> Pevsner N, 1979, The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire 2nd ed., p 73 (Monograph). SNT4.

<6> Chris Matthews, 2022, Model Villages of the Nottinghamshire Coalfield (Published document). SNT5309.

Sources/Archives (11)

  • --- Ground photograph: Data Held: Ground Photograph.
  • --- Document: Data Held.
  • --- Photograph: Listed buildings slides. 27 slides.
  • --- Plan: NCC?. Bestwood Colliery Winding Engine. A3 and A4.
  • <1> Unpublished document: White PR. 1973. AM7.
  • <1> Published document: Gedling Borough Council. 1991. Gedling's Heritage. 28.
  • <2> Published document: Falconer K. 1980. England's Industrial Heritage. p 174.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Ayris IM. 1983. AM107.
  • <4> Personal comment: Reedman K. 1977. Pers Comm.
  • <5> Monograph: Pevsner N. 1979. The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire 2nd ed.. Penguin. p 73.
  • <6> Published document: Chris Matthews. 2022. Model Villages of the Nottinghamshire Coalfield. Nottinghamshire County Council.

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Jul 4 2023 8:05AM

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