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 Heritage Group

Wednesday 16 May 2018

Thursday 22 March 2018

Thursday 25 January 2018

Monday 27 November 2017

Tuesday 3 October 2017

Wednesday 15 March 2017

Items on the Agenda included:

  • Coleorton Heritage Book reprint sale progress
  • Logo for Heritage group
  • Plaque sites, format, prices, app
  • Flyers
  • Fundraising
  • Tesco bags of help grant scheme
  • Esme's Memories Group
  • Family History Project
  • Orlit Posts

Coleorton Heritage Group Meeting 27 October 2016

At its meeting on October 27th the Coleorton Heritage Group, led by its new Chair, Ann Stafford, had a very full agenda and there was much discussion between the 15 members present. Topics included sites for the placement of plaques on houses of historic significance, fundraising, a new logo for the group, cooperation with other groups, new heritage discoveries made by members of the group and new projects including the preparation of a dossier of contemporary house photographs.

Report on Heritage Group meeting
8 September 2016

There were quite a few new faces at the meeting - some very new to the area and some who have lived in Coleorton a while. Topics of discussion included:

  • Terry Ward presented a summary of the report on the archaeology excavations carried out ahead of the road improvements on the A512 in 1992 revealing the remains of a medieval dwelling. Read more about the dig and findings >>
  • The publication and distribution of the updated edition of the book "Memories of Coleorton - Reminiscences of the Residents".
  • Project to place "green plaques" (a bit like the famous "blue plaques") on local buildings with significant historic interest.
  • Plan to collect a current photo of every house in Coleorton - so future generations will be able to see how we are now.

Heritage Group Gathering
Thursday 24 March 2016

Coleorton Heritage Group gathering 24 March 2016

We held a little gathering at Viscount Beaumont School on Thursday evening 24 March. Thirty or so Coleorton residents, friends, relatives and former residents met to pool their memories about the parish. We set out tables with a large sheet of paper and pens in the middle for people to jot down anything at all they remembered about the village and their families. Members of the Heritage Group will now try to collate the various names, diagrams and maps that emerged.

For one of our next projects we are thinking of tracing back some of the established Coleorton families and we will have available christening and burial records dating 1611 - 1909.

Memories of Coleorton book launchColeorton Heritage Group new book

The Coleorton Heritage Group published a new book "Memories of Coleorton - Reminiscences of the Residents" with a launch on Saturday 14 November 2015 at Viscount Beaumont School. The event was well attended and lots of books sold. Our first print run has sold out but we are working on a second edition. (There is now a second edition - see above.)

MP Andrew Bridgen toasts the book launch

More photos from the book launch >>

life_in_the_workhouse250Heritage Group Event

Last November Wendy Freer gave us an illustrated talk on “Life in the Ashby Workhouse”. Wendy presented a short history of workhouses and the legislation which started off in Elizabeth I day when all parishes were bound to provide for the poor and needy in their area. Hearing about the subsequent legal frameworks yoyo-ing between central government edicts and local management, and the concern of the general populace about supporting (by local taxes) the “undeserving layabouts”, seemed somehow very familiar. Plus ca change!

The stories and more recent photos of Ashby Workhouse, later Ashby Institute, and its staff and residents brought home the reality and harshness of life without the welfare state and NHS.

“Ashby de la Zouch Workhouse and the Ashby Poor Law Union” by Wendy Freer is available from Ashby Museum for 9.95.

Wendy Freer is a local historian who has contributed to much local research and many projects. With Mary Barker, Wendy now runs Pudding-Bag Productions exploring history and heritage through film and other digital media.