Sleuthing

Coleorton-Youth-Football-TeamThese are informal get-togethers to identify places and faces in old photos. No need to book, just come along with your photos if you'd like help identifying people or places in them. If you don't have any photos or are new to the area come anyway and enjoy a chat about Coleorton past and present.

Next Sleuthing morning is Saturday 15 June 10.30am at The New Inn, Peggs Green.

More about Sleuthing >>



Sir George Beaumont and the National Gallery

Drama film and talk: Sir George Beaumont and the National Gallery was shown for the first time on Wednesday 6 March 2024 at Viscount Beaumont's School, Coleorton.

Sir George Beaumont 7th baronet was a prime mover in establishing the National Gallery which first opened its doors in 1824. In particular he donated 16 of his own paintings - by Claude, Canaletto, Rembrandt, Poussin and others - to start off the collection for the nation.

Local film-maker Wendy Freer from Pudding Bag Productions approached Coleorton Heritage Group last year for ideas about a film featuring Coleorton and we suggested the 200th anniversary of the National Gallery. Residents of Coleorton Hall kindly allowed filming in their apartment with actors playing Sir George and his wife Lady Margaret, William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy and in the grounds with Sir George and John Constable, while he was sketching the Reynolds Cenotaph, later to be painted in oils.

Wendy Freer introduced the film and afterwards spoke about the production. Copies of some of the works Sir George donated were also on show. Over 90 people attended.

The film was shown again along with displays of art-works, the Beaumont family and history of St Mary's Church at an open exhibition at St Mary's Church, Ashby Road, Coleorton, LE67 8FB, on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th May. More >>


Previous Heritage Group events

2024

"Coleorton Past - a Village History"
4 January - 31 March 2024
Ashby Museum

Coleorton Village display at Ashby Museum

Temporary display January - March 2024 at The Louden Room, Ashby Museum

About the dispay and photos >>


2023

"How Coleorton people made their living" September 2023

During the North West Leicestershire "Hello Heritage" fortnight on Saturday 9th September Coleorton Heritage Group held a mini-exhibition / open day at the Beaumont Centre on the topic of "How Coleorton people made their living".

Coleorton Pottery

Lace-making

Coal Mining

County Studios at Outwoods Lane


Snibston Colliery Open Day

On Sunday 10 September we took our mining displays to Snibston Colliery Open Day. There was a lot of interest in the old tools and Tudor-era shoe fragment - the children were especially fascinated - and also in our display about the New Lount Colliery.

Coleorton mining display at Snibston

Table-top sale 10 June 2023

We held a Table-top sale in the garden of the New Inn 12 noon - 3.00pm. Books, Jams, Chutneys, Bric-a-brac, Crafts & more to some funds to support our Coleorton Heritage work.


2022

"Coleorton's Monuments and Memorials - what they mean to us today"

Saturday 8th October 2022 6.30pm at Viscount Beaumont's School, Coleorton

Presented by Coleorton Heritage Group. We talked about some of the monuments and memorials that have been erected in our village and consider why, what message they were intended to convey and how we see them now.

Further details >>


Saturday 3 September 2022. A mini-exhibition / open day "Homes and buildings of Coleorton"at the Beaumont Centre

Our "Homes and buildings of Coleorton" exhibition last Saturday was a great success with a lot of enthusiastic input from local people poring over maps and also bringing information about their own houses. Shaelyn's House History project is starting off well.


Friday 9 September and Saturday 10 September 2022 - Open Days at St Mary's Church, Coleorton.

The Heritage Goup and St Mary's parish congregation collaborated on two days of exhibitions and tours around the church building.

Hello Heritage

Each year North West Leicestershire sponsor Hello Heritage fortnight and work with local groups to bring heritage to villages and towns in North West Leicestershire. They provide information boards, designed by the local groups, to display around their locality. This year Coleorton heritage displayed 5 information boards. See them here >>

Coleorton History Walks

Thursday 15 and Sunday 18 September starting and finishing at Peggs Green Recreation Ground opposite The New Inn on Zion Hill. More >>

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Other events in 2022


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2019

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General

Coleorton History Walks

Coleorton has more footpaths than any other parish in Leicestershire. We regularly organise guided walks around some of the historically interesting parts of Coleorton. Details on our History Walks page.

If you want to discover at your own pace you can follow the Coleorton Heritage Trail. Details and map also on the Walks page.

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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 local press inc. Community Voice, St Mary's Church monthly email magazine and on the Coleorton website.