Coleorton Parish

Coleorton Parish in Leicestershire includes the villages of Coleorton, Coleorton Moor, Church Town
and Farm Town as well as parts of Peggs Green, Griffydam and Lount

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Coal Mining in Coleorton

Coal mining has taken place in Coleorton since medieval times and provided economic wealth for the landowners and paid occupation for the working population. You can see from the Census figures how many people worked in the mines during the 19th century. The last deep mine at New Lount closed in 1968. Opencast mining continued at the Lounge site near J13 of the A42 at Ashby until 1990.

New Lount Colliery

Newbold Heritage Group have created a Mining Trail with information boards at the former New Lount Colliery, Newbold. New Lount has been turned into a Nature Reserve managed by NWLDC rangers and Coleorton & New Lount Volunteer Group. More about the New Lount Colliery Heritage Trail >>

The Development of Coal Mining in Coleorton and the Local Area by Trevor Stewart

Among several books about the social and industrial history of Coleorton Trevor Stewart has published a comprehensive history of mining in and around Coleorton. Details inc contents >>. Trevor has also written a book describing and enumerating fatalities in Coleorton collieries in the years 1782-1957.

Fatalities in the mines

Mining was a most dangerous occupation and fatalities and death no respecter of age or status. List of fatalities in Coleorton mines >>

Beaumont Centre Miners Welfare InsituteThe Beaumont Social Centre

The Beaumont Centre on Nottingham Road, Peggs green, was originally the Miners Welfare institute for Peggs Green mine. When the mine closed it was given to the parish council for use as a village hall. More about the Beaumont Centre today >>

Edward_Medal200x300William Birch

William Birch was awarded the Edward Medal for bravery for his attempts to save a fellow miner trapped in a rock fall at the Coleorton No.3. Colliery (Bug & Wink) on Dec 11th 1910. The medal was presented by King Edward VII at Buckingham Palace on March 9th 1911. See the report of the occasion and celebrations on his return to Coleorton >>

More about the Edward Medal which was awarded for life saving in mines and quarries >>

Other sources of info about mining in Coleorton


Bug & Wink Colliery
Coleorton No 3 “Bug & Wink” Colliery operated 1875 - 1933.
The site is now redeveloped as Coleorton Wood owned and managed by Coleorton Parish.


Coleorton Railway Bridge

Coleorton Railway bridge passing over Aqueduct Road. The railway was used for transporting coal using horses and mules to pull the wagons. The bridge has been removed but the embankments can still be seen.
More about railways & tramways in Coleorton >>