William-Wordsworth-portrait-Henry-Edridge-Grasmere-England-1804Celebrating 250 years since the birth of William Wordworth

April 7th is the 250th anniversary of the birth of the English Romantic Poet, William Wordsworth. William and his family spent a good deal of time with Sir George Beaumont, 7th baronet, and his wife Margaret, and got involved with the planning and design of the gardens surrounding the newly built Coleorton Hall.

The Hall and its gardens inspired Wordsworth to write some very flowery verses (as well as "I wandered lonely as a cloud.. " which we all remember from school!)

A Flower Garden at Coleorton Hall
by William Wordsworth

Tell me, ye Zephyrs! that unfold,
While fluttering o'er this gay Recess,
Pinions that fanned the teeming mould
Of Eden's blissful wilderness,
Did only softly-stealing hours
There close the peaceful lives of flowers?
......

Read the rest of the poem >>

Read more about the Wordsworth's and their time at Coleorton Hall >>


Working Group Meeting

Our active members meet every month or so to organise activities and coordinate research. Meetings have been put on hold for the while but will resume as soon as we are able. If you're interested in local history and would like to be involved with our group please come along. This is an informal working group meeting and we'd love to welcome new people, hear their stories and together build our knowledge of Coleorton heritage. Call Sandra on 01530 440000 or email heritagegroup@coleorton.org.uk to let us know you're coming.

The Coleorton Heritage Group

The Coleorton 2000 Committee was initiated in 1998 to devise a way of commemorating the new millennium. We developed the Millennium Garden in a plot of land kindly donated by Joan Cull, erected a commemorative sign and organised various associated celebrations and events.

More recently the group has been concerned with researching, recording and making publicly available local heritage, social, industrial and family history. We also support various restoration projects, for example the Bakehouse. So the name was changed to "The Coleorton Heritage Group".

Further information from heritagegroup@coleorton.org.uk or phone Sandra Dillon (Chair) on 01530 440000

We send out a newsletter every month or so with news about our activities and events. If you would like to receive our newsletter please subscribe >>.

Blue Plaques

We have launched "the Coleorton Blue Plaque" scheme to commemmorate buildings and sites in the village which have historic significance.

Research Resources

We have brought together some sources of information about social, family and economic history of Coleorton.

Articles

We publish articles in St Mary's monthly parish magazine and on the Coleorton website.