Coleorton has had an interest in coal from the middle ages, with a good percentage of the residents relying on work in the mines for their living. It was therefore important news that Sir George Beaumont, 11th baronet, was investing in sinking two new deep mines at the New Lount site at Newbold. The expectation was to employ 1000 - 1500 miners within two years.
The incumbent Lady Beaumonts were often called into service for opening events, laying foundations etc. - like we'd have TV "celebrities" doing today. So the newly married Lady Renee Beaumont was invited to cut the first turfs for the sinking of the deep mines New Lount colliery in 1924.
When Francesca Beaumont Clarke visited us last year she brought the ceremonial spade that her Grandmother had used.
The blade of the spade is engraved:
by the Directors of
the Leicesteshire Colliery & Pipe Co. Ltd.
on the occasion of the
TURNING OF THE FIRST TURF
NEW LOUNT COLLIERIES
February 8th 1924
The spade was made by William James Dingley in Warston Street in Birmingham in 1923. The blade is hall-marked as Silver, but there are no hall-marks on the other metalwork on the wooden handle.
New Lount ceased production in 1968 and is now a nature reserve with a Mining Heritage Trail.
Lady Renee Beaumont does the digging (with a garden spade?!) while the dignitaries admire the ceremonial spade.
Members of Newbold Heritage Group celebrate the 100th anniversary by the concrete cap over one of the two shafts.
We have launched "the Coleorton Blue Plaque" scheme to commemmorate buildings and sites in the village which have historic significance.
We have brought together some sources of information about social, family and economic history of Coleorton.
We publish articles in St Mary's monthly parish magazine and on the Coleorton website.