Coleorton Parish

Coleorton Parish in Leicestershire includes the villages of Coleorton, Coleorton Moor, Church Town
and Farm Town as well as parts of Peggs Green, Griffydam and Lount

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Coleorton Buildings & Architecture

Re-purposing our public buildings

Griffydam Senior Schooll undergoing renovationOur “built environment” is changing all the time. Where Coleorton was once a busy industrial place with a focus on mining and clay products it’s now mainly semi-rural with the majority of people working in nearby towns or running businesses from home. Driving through Coleorton the general view is of newish executive houses or old cottages transformed into the larger homes that we take for granted today. Lots of building work going on all the time!

Griffydam Senior School in School Lane, Peggs Green, was built in early 1900's and many local people spent some of their education years there. More recently it was used as an engineering workshop manufacturing parts for Rolls Royce and one wing was a family home. A few years ago it was completely renovated as a very superior family residence. The picture shows the old front entrance to the school and the bell tower at the beginning of the rebuilding work (December 2012).

 

The Alms Houses on the corner of Remstone Road and the A512 is now a house. And of course Coleorton Hall was once a stately home, then in 1947 it became the National Coal Board headquarters and now is home to a number of families in refurbished and newly-built houses.

 

Coleorton Methodist ChapelMethodist Churches were once the centre of society in Coleorton. There were several chapels in Coleorton, Peggs Green, Gelsmoor and Griffydam. All have now closed. The Methodist Chapel in Lower Moor Road is the most recent to be sold for development as a private residence.

Samuel Stewart, long-term resident of Coleorton, has written a book entitled "Methodism and Social History in Coleorton and the Locality", prompted by the closure of local Methodist Chapels and potential loss of the knowledge of ageing residents. He’s also listed details of the Methodist cemetries, so if you’re looking to research your family tree this is an excellent resource.

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