Evenwood was first mentioned in 1050ad and as it's name suggests is old English for "level wood". There are signs of habitation from much earlier dating back to the mesolithic period, after the ice age when the people lived by hunting small animals and birds.
In 1894 over 300 people were employed at the Randolph Pit, Evenwood, producing 120,000 tons each year. There were several seams worked, including Brockwell, Five Quarter, Yard, Harvey and Busty. At the height of production over 500 people were employed and annual producion was over 400,000 tons, much of which was turned to coke in the many coke ovens, nearby.
There is further information regarding the history of Evenwood at Keys to the Past Website, link here.
Acknowledgement to this site for the information here.