Place:Coleorton, Leicestershire, England

Alt namesCole-Ortonsource: Family History Library Catalog
Ovretonesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 160
TypeInhabited place
Coordinates52.75°N 1.4°W
Located inLeicestershire, England
See alsoWest Goscote Hundred, Leicestershire, Englandhundred in which the parish was included
Ashby-de-la-Zouch Rural, Leicestershire, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1974
North West Leicestershire District, Leicestershire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
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Coleorton is a village and civil parish in the North West Leicestershire District of Leicestershire, England. It is situated on the A512 road approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) east of the town of Ashby-de-la-Zouch. Nearby villages include Newbold in Worthington parish, to the north, Thringstone to the east, and Swannington to the southeast.

In the 2001 census, the population of the parish was 1,016.

Originally an ancient parish in West Goscote Hundred, Coleorton became part of Ashby-de-la-Zouch Rural District when it was created in 1894.

Coal mining was an important industry in the area from the 15th century until the 1980s. Coleorton Colliery, between Coleorton and Swannington, is now closed, and a woodland Coleorton Wood was planted in 1991-2 on the colliery site as part of the National Forest. Opencast mining operated between 1985 and 1995.

Coleorton was the birthplace of William Stenson (1771–1861), founder of Whitwick Colliery and "Father of Coalville".

The Grade II* listed Coleorton Hall, in the west of the parish, was built in 1804-8 for the art patron Sir George Beaumont. William Wordsworth was a regular and frequent guest of Sir George Beaumont at the Hall. Between 1948 and 1997 the house was owned by the National Coal Board and used as offices, and it has now been converted into apartments.

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