Coal mining obviously provided far more employment in the Bowburn area than any other industry, for over two hundred years. Before that, the main employment will have been in agriculture. Separate pages are devoted to both these industries – see the links on the left of this page.
It is intended to add brief histories about other kinds of employment on this page and its sub-pages. These will include, for instance, limestone quarrying (which probably gave Quarrington its name, from the Middle Ages onwards) and brick making and, more recently, the asbestos and sliding door factories (which provided employment immediately after the closure of Bowburn Colliery, from the mid-1960s till 1990).
A summary will also be produced here of the growth of Bowburn’s two industrial estates and the companies that have grown there.
So far, only the following have been added to this site: