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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History & Heritage of Coleorton

The Winter Garden

200 years ago Coleorton was a centre of arts and literature thanks to the patronage of Sir George Beaumont who owned Coleorton Hall. As well as being an accomplished artist himself, he sought out leading artists and writers of the time such as Wordsworth, Constable, Coleridge and Reynolds and made a point of assisting up-and-coming artists and bringing talents together.

Mantle Arts, based at the Springboard Centre in Coalville, has produced a 50mins audio drama about famous visitors to Coleorton in the 19th century. "The Winter Garden" is based on the period in 1806 when William Wordsworth, his family, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge stayed at Hall Farm in Coleorton, Leicestershire, at the invitation of Sir George Beaumont of Coleorton Hall. While there Wordsworth designed a winter garden for Lady Beaumont in the grounds of the hall. Coleridge turned up just before Christmas, bringing his own demons with him.

Watch or download the audio drama >>

Mantle Arts is supported by The National Lottery / Hertage Fund to produce this and other works of local historical interest.

Discover more about the Beaumonts and Coleorton Hall in the website resources and links below.

Memories of Coleorton edition 2"Memories of Coleorton" - Second Edition

Coleorton Heritage Group has published an updated edition of the book "Memories of Coleorton - Reminiscences of the Residents" which was first published in November 2015. Their fabulous book of memories of village residents was so successful it is now in its second edition with additional photographs and interesting memoirs of people and places, keeping the history of our great village alive for us and future generations! Books are available now to purchase for 20 from Coleorton Post Office, Ashby Museum or call Elaine and Rob Oldham 01530 412967 or Mike Cox 01530 813743.

About the Coleorton Heritage Group >>

The Great War commemorative book

The Ashby WW1 book includes details for the fallen of Coleorton is now available. The book is on sale at a price of 12 each and can be obtained from Ashby Museum, North Street, Ashby or from heritage warden John MacDonald. The book has a page for each of the fallen within each village and town covered by the book

Bug & Wink CollieryCoal mining in Coleorton

Coal has been mined in and around Coleorton since the middle ages. Take a look at our section dedicated to mining and miners, including a list of fatalities compiled by local historian Samuel T Stewart. Mining in Coleorton >>

 

Coleorton Photos

ViscountBeaumontSchool1922-200The Coleorton Heritage Group has a collection of several hundred photographs, both historical and contemporary. Some have been uploaded to the website others are kept off-line.

See some photos of Coleorton old and new >>

 

 

Coleorton Population Census for 1901

John MacDonald our heritage warden has completed the transcription of the 1901 census records for Coleorton. This involves reading and deciphering the handwritten pages from the original census folios and typing the data into a format that is electronically searchable. He has now transcribed the 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901 census folios. Thank you John for your hard work! We hope to expand the information about population census in future months to make it easier to find ancestors and get a better view of what life was like in Coleorton in previous centuries. Population census details >>

Cemetery audit

Samuel Stewart has detailed the names and birth & death dates on the old gravestones in Griffydam Methodist church. Many residents of Coleorton and Peggs Green as well as Griffydam were buried there. He and John MacDonald have also transcribed and collated information about St Mary’s and St John’s cemeteries, the burials of the Beaumont family and the memorials inside and outside St Mary’s. More about the Coleorton & Griffydam cemetery audits >>

War Memorial War Memorial Project

See Heritage wardens’ reports for details of the project which attempts to ensure all fallen from the Coleorton area are included and to find out something about the men and women who died in active service.

More about the Coleorton War memorial >>

Memories

Memories of Gillian & Lyn, the granddaughters of the Jordans who ran The George Inn about 100 years ago. Read what they say >>

 


Websites & resources with  information about Coleorton and surrounding areas:


An overview of Coleorton parish and history

Lawrence Poole kindly wrote an introduction to the Coleorton Parish Plan which includes some interesting history of places and people from the parish. Download the Plan from here >>


Does anyone remember a bear opposite The Angel pub?

An ex-resident with family in Coleorton and Griffydam has written to say how much the Cemetery Audits have helped in his search for family links in the area. He also asked if any older Coleorton residents have recollection of a man who lived up The Moor in the 1950s, nearly opposite The Angel, who used to have a life-sized carving of a brown bear in his front garden. If you remember, or have a photo, please email webmaster@coleorton.org.uk and I’ll pass on information (and hopefully include an update here.)


Warner family in Coleorton

Can you help with the following request?

    "I am trying to find out more about Coleorton's history.  My 4 x great grandfather Isaac Warner came from Coleorton, born in 1787 and his father Thomas Warner 1757 and grandfather John c1719. Isaac was involved in both the Lace and Framework Knitting industries with both John Heathcote and Cartwright & Warner. Did Coleorton have a weaving / lace industry as well as Coal? Is there anyone who might know more about 18th century Coleorton?"

 

 

Heritage Wardens

Coleorton & New Lount Volunteer Group

Coleorton Heritage Group

Books & Publications about Coleorton

Coleorton Maps

Buildings & Architecture

Coleorton History Timeline

War Memorial

Population census

Cemetery audits

Ashby Museum

Photos around Coleorton (Geograph)

If you have some information about Coleorton history to share please email webmaster@coleorton.org.uk. If you want to remain anonymous that’s fine - messages can be passed on through the Coleorton website.