The Winding Engine
Today Bestwood Country Park is a peaceful green oasis, but once this area was a sprawling industrial site. At its heart stood Bestwood Colliery - one of the busiest coal mines in Nottinghamshire.
The Winding Engine House is the last remaining part of that vanished colliery. The winding engine lowered colliers into the mine shaft, and winched mined coal up to the surface.
The tall brick building houses a huge winding engine. Originally it was powered by steam, but today's visitors see the massive engine moved by an electrical motor.
The engine dates back to 1876, the heyday of Victorian industrial engineering.
Tour the Winding House
Tours are free, and led by our friendly and knowledgeable team of volunteers.
The winding engine is open for guided tours every Saturday am between 10am and 12noon. A community café in the Dynamo House is open every Saturday from 10am until 1pm, and one Sundays from 2-4pm in June, July and August. We also have a lively programme of events, so check out our events listing below. The café serves homemade cakes and fresh coffee, and juice for family visitors.
If you would like to find out more about open days or tours, please telephone the Community Heritage Officer on 0115 975 2422 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
On the guided tour, you can experience the sheer size and power of the winding engine. You will hear how coalminers descended into the darkness of the mine, lowered in a metal cage, controlled by the Winding Engine Driver.
You can take a virtual tour of the Winding Engine House.
You can also take a self-guided tour by entering the building and ascending in the glass sided lift. A recorded audio commentary will tell you what to look out for, explain how the mighty engine worked, and tell you a little about life as a miner.