In September North West Leicestershire District Council held their annual "Hello Heritage" festival. As part of this event we hosted two Coleorton History Walks in early September and another on 9th October. They were very popular and we were very lucky with the weather.
The walk set off from the Kings Arms on The Moor. We learned about the history of the Kings Arms and the cottages at the side. Some very interesting tales of previous occupants bringing up large families in the tiny, low-ceilinged cottages.
We then walked down The Moor hearing about previous residents, including the Walker family at Rosine House and the Home Guard, the well-to-do Sherwins who lived in the big "Firs" and the brick tax which resulted for a few years in very large "gob" bricks being used until the taxmen realised the folly of charging per brick regardless of size. Then we walked down Pitt Lane learning about the Bug and Wink coal pit that used to be where Coleorton Wood is now, across the fields and Cartbrook to the back of Viscount Beaumont School and St John's Chapel. A brief visit to the graveyard and wondered why there are two headstones for the same lady and then back across the fields - full of ponies and young foals - and up to The Moor.
Up along the Moor we took a look at The Communal Bakehouse and the ovens which we hope to restore and then back to The Kings Arms for a well-earned drink.
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The parish of Coleorton has an extensive network of public footpaths. Some say this is because workers at Coleorton Hall would walk the shortest distance across the fields from their outlying cottages. But looking at some of the footpaths on the map they seem much more random. We also have parts of The Ivanhoe Way which is a circular route around Leicestershire and the Mining Heritage Trail.
We often organise guided History Walks around Coleorton parish but you can also download the guide and follow our Heritage Trail at your own pace.
Walking through School Field towards St John's Chapel
In 2012 the Coleorton Heritage Group devised a Heritage Trail which takes in a number of historically interesting sites as well as providing an interesting and scenic route. The Trail takes 2-3 hours (depending on how long you spend stopping and looking) Coleorton parish is quite spread out with groups of houses and lots of fields in between. Although now considered rural/residential Coleorton has a history of mining and other industrial activity like frame-knitting and spar bauble-making, as well as some notable literary connections and interesting characters.The Trail will give you a flavour of life back then - as well as a gentle walk around our lovely parish.More about the trail and a downloadable map >>.
The weather was reasonable - no rain and a light wind. We started off from Coleorton Wood car park. Coleorton Wood is the site of Coleorton Colliery no 3 - or Bug & Wink as it was known later in its life. Terry Ward told us about mining in Coleorton and the dreadful conditions the miners - men and women and young children - had to endure to make a living. We heard about Terry's great uncle Jim Platts who had two pet foxes and the history of the previous Queens Head Inn on The Rowlands.
The Rowlands is actually in Swannington Parish and that was where the Baptist Chapel was built, because The Coleorton Beaumonts would not allow non-conformist churches within the Coleorton parish boundary. The chapel you can see now has been remodelled into a delightful family home. An earlier chapel stood in the field to the side, but is no longer visible.
Despite much new building there are still several cottages over 200 years old with interesting history. Some were used as "spar shops" for making baubles which tradesmen sold as ornaments and souvenirs at the increasingly popular seaside resorts like Weston-super-Mare.
We then walked along Prestons Lane, across The Moor to the Millennium Garden and along the old Ashby Road to Viscount Beaumont's School. From there across the fields back to The Moor to visit the Communal Bakehouse before returning to Coleorton Wood car park.
Walkers on the Spring Walk April 2019
Walkers on the History Walk September 2018
There are plenty of footpaths to explore in Coleorton and several local groups arrange guided walks and group walks. Coleorton footpaths >>