The Beaumonts were a Norman family who came over from France with the Norman Conquest and were given titles and land for their services to the ruling Norman monarchs. One of the properties was a large swathe of land around Coleorton, Leicestershire, where they undertook various economic activities including mining, and established Coleorton Hall as their base in Leicestershire.
The family was extensive and the Beaumonts also had a substantial residence in Dunmow, Essex.
The Beaumonts were powerful landowners and had great influence on the lives of Coleorton people, even though for several substantial periods there were no Beaumonts in residence at Coleorton Hall. Viscount Beaumont left money in his will to establish a school in 1702 and in 1867 Canon W. B. Beaumont built the current school in Ashby Road next to St John's Chapel - see Viscount Beaumont's School - and much of the mining and transport in the area was established by Beaumont family members. One of the most famous Beaumonts was Sir George Beaumont, the 7th baronet, who was an accomplished artist and befriended many poets and artists of the time including Wordsworth, Coleridge, Scott, Shelley and Southey. All of these spent some time at Coleorton Hall or the adjacent Hall Farm.
It's impossible to put all the Beaumont history on one page, but we'll be adding items over the next few months. Here are some links with information about various Beaumonts and activities: