This photo taken outside Coleorton Hall was kindly provided by local resident Vikki McGill. It shows some of the servants and staff of Coleorton Hall dressed in their best, probably around the end of the 1800s. Maybe for Queen Victoria's Jubilee in 1897 or some other occasion. Do you recognise any of the sitters?
Our active members usually meet every month or so to organise activities and coordinate research. Meetings have had to be put on hold during the lockdown but we hope to be able to have a meeting soon after we are let out. We have a lot of items to cover, including planning our usual "Coleorton History" walks and open day as part of the Hello Heritage event in September.
If you're interested in local history and would like to be involved with our group please contact Sandra - details below - and I'll let you know about the next meeting. These are informal working group meetings.
In the meantime we'd love to hear your stories and together build our knowledge of Coleorton heritage. Call Sandra on 01530 440000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you're coming.
Last year Vena Jaques transferred the ownership of the Communal Bakehouse which stood in her garden to the Parish Council. This has secured the Bakehouse for the residents of Coleorton. The Parish Council and the Heritage Group have now embarked on a programme of further restoration and improving access. You can see in the photos below what a difference has been made already.
Members of the Parish Council have worked hard to clear rubbish and undergrowth from the area (BIG THANK YOU!) and the Bakehouse footpath is on the parish grounds maintenance schedule so gets mown regularly. With the easy-access gate it's becoming a pleasant area to visit and access the footpath over to Prestons Lane.
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 email@example.com or phone Sandra Dillon (Chair) on 01530 440000
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We have launched "the Coleorton Blue Plaque" scheme to commemmorate buildings and sites in the village which have historic significance.
We have brought together some sources of information about social, family and economic history of Coleorton.
We publish articles in St Mary's monthly parish magazine, Community Voice and on the Coleorton website.