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 "The Gift" and afterwards spoke about the production. Copies of some of the works Sir George donated were also on show. Over 90 people attended.

On Friday 17th and Saturday 18th May the film will be shown again along with displays showing some of the works donated by Sir George at St Mary's Church, Ashby Road, Coleorton, LE67 8FB More >>

"Coleorton Past - a Village History"

Coleorton Village display at Ashby Museum

This temporary display January - March 2024 at The Louden Room, Ashby Museum, was very successful, with a lot of interest from museum visitors. More about the display and photos >>

St John's Chapel

St John's Coleorton

St John’s Chapel, next to the School on Ashby Road, has served the community since it was opened in 1857; however the chapel is now in danger of being lost to the community as it is considered surplus to Church requirements and may be declared redundant. We believe every effort should be made to retain this beautiful and historic chapel as a community building rather than let it lapse into private hands or disrepair. The cemetery will remain open to visitors and new burials.

The Heritage Group is actively engaging with the Diocese regarding options. Our preferred option is to create a community heritage hub:

  • For people to visit and learn about Coleorton history and heritage and to undertake research and use the Group's archive of material
  • A place to meet for local groups
  • More permanent displays of local history
  • A nearby facility and support for visitors to the surrounding graves

To be a viable community facility we will need to add a toilet and small kitchenette. The graves come very close to the walls of the chapel so an extension will need to be compact. We are looking at possibilities in the somewhat limited footprint available.

More about St John's Chapel and its history >>

Working Group Meetings

Our active members usually meet every month or so to organise activities and coordinate research.

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 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".

Other projects have included:

Further information from 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 >>.


Become a member of Coleorton Heritage Group and help to preserve and promote the heritage and social fabric of our community.

About membership benefits & how to join >>

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.


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