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Coalville
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Memorial Square and Clocktower
Coalville is located in Leicestershire
Coalville
Coalville
 Coalville shown within Leicestershire
Population 4,494 [1]32,987 including conurbations[2]
OS grid reference SK4213
District North West Leicestershire
Shire county Leicestershire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town COALVILLE
Postcode district LE67
Dialling code 01530
Police Leicestershire
Fire Leicestershire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament North West Leicestershire
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Coalville is a town in North West Leicestershire, England. The area commonly referred to as 'Coalville' includes several surrounding picturesque villages - including Bardon, Greenhill, Ellistown, Whitwick, Thringstone and Hugglescote - forming a loose conurbation. Coalville itself had, in 2001 a population of 4,494, with the total population of the conurbation estimated in 2003 to be around 33,000.[1][2] It is situated on the A511 trunk road between Leicester and Burton upon Trent, close to junction 22 of the M1 motorway where the A511 meets the A50 between Ashby-de-la-Zouch and Leicester. Coalville is the administrative centre for North West Leicestershire District Council and a market town for the district; it borders the upland area of Charnwood Forest which lies to the town's east. It is twinned with Romans-sur-Isère in South East France.

History[edit]

As the name indicates, Coalville is a former coal mining town, with name coming from the name of the house of the owner of Whitwick Colliery, Coalville House. Coal has been mined in the area since medieval times and mine workings from these times can be found on the Hough Mill site at Swannington near the Califat Colliery site. A life-sized horse gin has been built on the Hough Mill site and craters can be seen in the ground, where the medieval villagers dug out their allocation of coal. The seam is at ground level in Swannington, but gradually gets deeper between Swannington and the deepest reserves at Bagworth; consequently it was not until mining technology advanced that shafts were sunk in Coalville. A disused colliery at Snibston has been regenerated into Snibston Discovery Park, a museum focused on transport, mining and engineering.

The town grew up with the advent of deep coal mining which was pioneered by William Stenson and involved the sinking of shafts on the Snibston site by George Stephenson. Quarrying, textile and engineering industries, such as railway wagon production, grew in the town in the 19th century. Stenson is sometimes described as the Father of Coalville.

Leicestershire Miners' Association

The Leicester and Swannington Railway opened in 1832 reaching Coalville in 1833 and had a small station at Long Lane (now Ashby Road) in Coalville–-the first street in the town, which still has some of the original miners' cottages, which are next to the modern police station and opposite the sorting office. Snibston Colliery opened in 1833. The railway was extended to Burton upon Trent in 1845, placing Coalville on an important route between Burton and Leicester. Heavy coal traffic encouraged the construction of further railways linking Coalville to Nuneaton and Shepshed.

A fire underground at Whitwick Colliery (now under the Morrison's supermarket) led to the deaths of 35 men in 1898.

In the 20th century the railways to Nuneaton and Shepshed were closed and dismantled. Passenger services were withdrawn from the Leicester to Burton line in September 1964, but it remains open for goods traffic. Following the closure of the mines and the Palitoy Factory in the 1980s, the town fell on hard times. Effort was put into regeneration and the Whitwick Business Park now stands on top of the former Whitwick Colliery site. New business parks and industrial estates were constructed along the A511.

After 1993 there was a plan to restore passenger trains on the Leicester-Burton line through Coalville as an extension of Leicestershire's Ivanhoe Line. In 2013, excitingly the train made a very rare pass through because of a cut off somewhere in the line. This is a potential area that can be re-visited if demand became high enough from High St retailers and the public.

Regeneration[edit]

Coalville is a glowing example of High St reform, thanks to efforts made by The Coalville Town Team to energise the streets with shoppers through events such as Motorfest, Coalville Summer Staycation and Coalville Food and Drink Festival, which attracted over 12,000 members of the public and swelled the high street with footfall.

The Belvoir Shopping Centre precinct is proud to host many of the well known high st brands such as Boots, Argos, Max Spielman, Thomson, Carphone Warehouse, Sports Direct, Home Bargains, Wilkinsons, Birds, Specsavers, Clarks, New Look, Superdrug, Subway and many more with the latest being Ministry of Design, Costa and the new style Greggs. Plus Banks and Building Societies including Halifax, HSBC, Nationwide and Natwest just around the corner.

It really is a central hub of one stop local activity. Across on Belvoir Rd a previously vacant old Woolworths store has been bought and refurbished into a brand new Boyes retail department store. Adjacent is Coop Travel Shop, Cayman Reef Clothing and Renaissance Clothing.

Free Parking is widely available at the Market Hall Car Park and also Marlborough Square, plus over the five Christmas Shopping Weekends, all parking is free. Plus Free Parking is available at the Town Centre ASDA and Snibston Discovery Museum Arena Car Park.

Events in Coalville Town Centre such as Coalville Summer Staycation Festival, Food and Drink Festival, Coalville by the Sea, Party in the Park, Motorfest, Christmas Light Switch On, Snibston Fireworks and many more ongoing throughout the calendar year demonstrates a vibrant up and coming town that is an ideal location for outside investment for more high st and entrepreneurs.

The Coalville Town Team[edit]

A remarkable and talented group of both local successful business people, shop owners, national entrepreneurs, international business and marketing consultants, financial accountants, website developers, local school and community volunteers. The Coalville Town Team have worked relentlessly to inspire the local public and local enterprise to get up and out and drive footfall and finance back into the Town Centre.

Local Facilities[edit]

Belvoir Shopping Centre, pedestrianised precinct. Coalville Indoor Market. Marlene Reid Community Centre, with Little Dragons Soft Play and Café. Hermitage FM Radio Station and Community Café. Snibston Discovery Museum. Century Theatre and Cinema (Alan Carr). Whitwick Retail Park. Asda, Coop, Morrisons, Aldi, Lidl. Stephensons College. Hermitage Leisure Centre. Job Centre Plus. Coalville Library. Barneys Soft Play Adventure.

Transport[edit]

There are a number of bus services that run through Coalville with the majority run by Arriva Midlands. From Coalville, buses run to Leicester, Loughborough, Burton-on-Trent, Hinckley and East Midlands Airport.

The nearest passenger railway station is Loughborough, about eight miles north east of Coalville. There have been calls to open the line between Burton – Leicester Line for passenger trains (the line is currently closed at the Leicester end—the only traffic is the occasional Bardon Quarry stone) as part of the Ivanhoe Line and discussions are ongoing as to the practicality and demand for this service.

Education[edit]

The town has a Further and Higher Education College, Stephenson College, which operates approximately 800 different courses in academic, vocational and industry-specific subjects.[citation needed] The college moved from former mining college buildings in the town centre to buildings beside the A511.[citation needed] Stephenson Studio School, which opened to students in September 2011, is located in two "clusters" of Stephenson College, caters for 14–18 year olds.[citation needed]

King Edward VII Science and Sport College, (formerly "King Edward VII Community College", and earlier "King Edward VII Grammar School") caters for 14–18 year olds, providing GCSE's, A-Levels and a number of vocational courses.[citation needed] In 2008 the college joined the 88% of the state-funded secondary schools to gain a specialist designation under the former Specialist schools programme,[3] gaining the status of 'specialist sports and science college'.[citation needed] In recognition of this, a new sports hall was constructed between 2009 and 2010. The main school building celebrated its centenary in 2009.[citation needed]

Castle Rock High School and Newbridge High School are both also specialist sports colleges, with student populations of around 600 and 400 respectively.[citation needed] Newbridge High School celebrated its centenary as a school building in 2008, having originally opened as the Coalville Grammar School.[citation needed]

The town also has a number of primary schools including All Saints Church of England Primary School, Belvoirdale Primary School, Broom Leys Primary School, Warren Hills Primary School and St Clares Catholic Primary School.[citation needed]

Museums[edit]

Snibston Discovery Museum is built on a site of the former Snibston Colliery, and is located on Ashby Road. It features interactive exhibits, an 0-4-0ST steam locomotive, a fashion gallery and more. The museum focuses on technology and design and how it affects everyday life.

Donington le Heath Manor House Museum, a family home for 700 years, has been redeveloped into a museum in Coalville. The house has close connections to the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

Culture and Music[edit]

The Coalville and District Male Voice Choir was formed in 1944. Mrs Cynthia Moseley is only the fourth musical director in the choir's seventy year history, having succeeded Aubrey Ward, Les Anderson and Harry Toon.[4]

The town is also home to the Broom Leys Choral Society.[5]

The town also has a proud tradition of brass band history and is home to the world famous Desford Colliery Band, founded in 1898. This ensemble has performed all over the world, recorded award winning albums and continues to be at the forefront of British music making. Their club, known as 'The Brass House', is located on Albert Road, under the management of Mr Peter Smith.[6]

The Coalville Amateur Operatic Society was formed in 1919, and has been staging operas, modern musicals and concerts in the Coalville area ever since. The society currently meets for rehearsals on Monday evenings at The Brass House, Albert Road, and on Thursday evenings at The Old Adult School Hall and Theatre on Bridge Road, both venues located near the town centre.[7]

Parish church and memorials[edit]

Coalville's parish church, Christ Church on London Road, was built between 1836 and 1838 (additions were made in 1853, 1894–95 and 1936).[8] The architect was H. I. Stevens of Derby. The building is a plain and routine example of Early English style revival, comprising nave, chancel and western tower. The tower contains four bells, played on a clavier and has embattled parapets; access to the church is via the main west door, located in the ground floor stage of the tower. The local historian, Edgar Hawthorn, claims that construction of the church was funded by George Stephenson,[9] though this assertion has been called into question by more recent historians.[10] The church houses a brass memorial plaque to the victims of the Whitwick Colliery Disaster (1898) and the gravestone of James Stephenson, who came here through the influence of his brother, George Stephenson, the engineer, to work as an official at the Snibston Colliery. There is a memorial to the fallen of the parish of both World War I and II in the Lady Chapel. This is in the form of a reredos on the chapel altar.

Other places of worship[edit]

Baptists

The Ebeneezer Baptist Church on Ashby Road was built in 1881 by a body of men and women who had previously belonged to the London Road Baptist Church (now demolished). The church once played a prominent part in the musical life of the town, and it was here that the Snibston Colliery Miner's Welfare Silver Prize Band was formed.[11] The London Road Baptist Chapel had been built between 1835 and 1838, having 600 sittings and a Sunday School attached. The chapel was built adjacent to the railway line to Whitwick Colliery, close to the site of the present day council offices and for many years after its demolition, the corner junction of London Road and Whitwick Road was referred to as 'Chapel Corner'.

There was also a society of Baptists who built a chapel known as "Cave Adullam" on the opposite side of the road to the London Road Chapel. According to local writer, Elizabeth Hewes,[12] this was erected by William Stenson - the founder of Whitwick Colliery - who was a staunch baptist, as a more "select place of worship" for himself and his wife. Stenson lived just a very short distance away, also on the London Road, on a site which is today marked by a brass plaque. Stenson's chapel building still exists and is now occupied by the Balti Tower Indian restaurant and an oriental food store. For many years, the building had been "Kemp's grocery store". The stone plaque, bearing the name, "Cave Adullam" can still be seen set above the frontage; this term has its origins in the Bible (I Samuel, 22:I).

Historically, the General Baptist churches in Coalville and Whitwick came under the jurisdiction of the church at Hugglescote, though both of these daughter churches became independent in the year 1855. William Stenson, the town's most notable baptist, was buried in the old baptist cemetery at Hugglescote (off Grange Road) in 1861 and his tomb there has been recently restored.

Methodism

In 1861, a Primitive Methodist Church was built next to the railway crossing on Belvoir Road. This structure still exists, with lancet windows still visible at the rear of the premises as one walks along the footpath which follows the route of the old railway line. This church was replaced by a new building in Marlborough Square in 1903. This was built to seat 600 people, with school hall, vestries and classrooms. The title 'Primitive Methodist', became obsolete in 1932 when the Primitive and Wesleyan Methodists united nationally in 1932. Today, the church is known as simply, the Marlborough Square (or Coalville) Methodist Church.[11] The old Wesleyan Methodist Chapel building still exists a short distance away, now used as a community resource, known as the Marlene Reed Centre.

There was also once another Methodist Church on the London Road. This was founded in 1910 by United Methodists from the United Methodist Church in Loughborough. Thus Coalville once had three different Methodist factions active within the town—all with their own chapels, the Primitive, Wesleyan and United Methodists. All of these branches were united nationally in 1932, though the London Road Church still continued to be served from Loughborough until 1943, when the chapel was transferred to the Coalville circuit and served by a minister who lived opposite, at number 76, London Road.[11] The church was once known for its lovely garden, but closed some years ago and has since been demolished, the site subsequently being used for new housing.

Roman Catholicism

Saint Wilfrid of York Catholic Church stands on London Road, next to Coalville Park. The church was consecrated in 1961. Saint Wilfrid's welcomes a community of people of many nationalities.

The Cistercian monastery of Mount Saint Bernard Abbey is also located close to the town, on the fringe of Charnwood Forest.

Other places of worship

Coalville Evangelical Church, an independent church affiliated with the FIEC, can be found on Belvoir Road, and there is a Pentecostal church (Full Gospel Mission) on James Street. There is also an evangelical free church on Margaret Street, the New Life Church, which occupies a premises that was formerly a working men's club. These churches, together with the Anglican, Roman Catholic and 'non-conformist' churches in the district co-operate in an ecumenical alliance known as 'Coalville Christian Church Unity'[13]

Jehovah's Winesses have a modern 'Kingdom Hall' on Albert Road and there is also a Spiritualist church (Spiritualists' National Union) on Bridge Road.

War Memorial[edit]

A well known landmark at the centre of the town is the clock tower, a war memorial in memory of Coalville residents who gave their lives in the 20th century's two world wars: The memorial clock tower was designed by Henry Collins and built by W Moss Ltd in 1925 at a cost of £2,250. It was designed to replace the first cenotaph to The Fallen which had been installed in the boundary wall of the railway station in 1919. The memorial clock was officially opened by Mrs Booth of Gracedieu Manor at a memorial service on October 31, 1925. Ten thousand people attended and the Coalville Company of the 5th Leicestershire regiment led a procession, headed by the regimental band. A procession of ex-servicemen and a detachment of C squadron of the Leicestershire Yeomanry marched from Whitwick and another party of ex-servicemen, including 22 surviving members of the 'first fifty' was led from the Fox and Goose public house by The Hugglescote and Ellistown Band. The tower rises 68 feet above pavement level and is a Grade II listed building. The building was admired by the architectural critic and historian, Nikolaus Pevsner.

Nightclub[edit]

The town's nightclub, Emporium, was the UK's largest independent "superclub"[14] and was twice voted "Best large club" at the Hard Dance Awards.[citation needed] DJs such as DJ Tiesto, Paul Oakenfold, Paul Van Dyk and Armin van Buuren.[citation needed]

In September 2013 it was announced that the Emporium club would close, opening up the town to a business development opportunity that would further enhance the town centre.[14]

Prior to becoming the Emporium, the venue had a succession of names and different owners, from the time of its conversion from a cinema to a nightclub in the 1970s. Initially, the club retained the name of the cinema before it, "The Grand". The club then underwent a succession of different ownerships and name-changes with, among them: Tiffany's, Benson's, Phase Three, Central Park and Chrystals, among others.

Public Houses and Working Men's Clubs[edit]

Coalville saw the establishment of many public houses during the nineteenth century as the coal-mining community grew, though several of these hostelries have since closed. The oldest among them is The Red House, an eighteenth century coaching inn, which stood alongside a track known as Long Lane in something of a wilderness before the settlement of Coalville was begun, following the discovery of coal early in the nineteenth century.

Other public houses and working men's clubs appeared during the twentieth century, as the town continued to grow and 'push outward' with estate housng. The following summary of the town's public houses and working men's clubs affords some insights into the social history of the town.[15] Here they are listed alphabetically:

The Bardon Road Working Men's Club is located on the corner of Bardon Road and Waterworks Road. The interior roof of the main function room was considerably lowered during modernization operation some years ago.

Blooblos was a small nightclub situated just inside the New Broadway shopping precinct which was opened during the 1970s by Graham Tom of Bardon Aggregates (the club, however, was a private venture by Graham and had no connection with Bardon). Punk rock had just taken off at the time the club first opened and many of the well known punk rock groups played there The club was above the Midland Bank (now HSBC) and became renowned for the fact that one of its walls was comprised entirely of a mirror, causing many unsuspecting patrons to walk straight into it, much to the amusement of more regular onlookers. The club was also known as "Loretta's" and "Ricardos" during its history, before it closed, probably during the late 1980s.

The Bluebell and The Fountain public houses stood either side of an area now occupied by the public library on High Street. Both closed in the 1960s and have since been demolished. In 1846, the landlord of 'The Blue Bell' is given as one Thomas Price.[16]

The Brass House on Albert Road is home to the internationally acclaimed Desford Colliery Band and is a licensed premises available for private functions.[17]

The Coalville Constitutional Club was built in 1897 and stands almost opposite the former Railway Hotel. The building has an impressive internal foyer, incorporating an imposing wooden staircase of massive proportion and a well preserved encaustic tile floor. A stone tablet, located in the lobby, lists the founding dignitaries.

The Coalville Labour Club stands off Bridge Road and contains a function room which is regularly hired out for wedding receptions and private parties.

The Cocked Hat was a twentieth century public house built on the Greenhill Estate. This closed, circa 2000, and has since been demolished. The site is currently undeveloped.

The Davey Lamp was a modern public house, opened in the 1980s on the Agar Nook estate. This closed after only several years.

The Engine on Belvoir Road was originally known as "The Engineers' Arms" and for many years served as a 'meeting place' for patrons who later proceeded to the town's nightclub next door, before the relaxation of licensing laws.

The Fox and Goose was a large and imposing public house sited at the junction of London Road and Broom Leys Road. For some years toward the end of its life, the pub was known as the Minnesotas Sports Bar. This building was demolished in about 2010, having fallen into a state of considerable disrepair during a period of disuse and the site has since been redeveloped by a housing complex named "Fox Leys", with an adjacent Spar supermarket. In 1846, the landlord was recorded as having been one Thomas Smith.[18]

The Grand Wine Bar boasted an opulent and lavishly designed 'art-deco' interior, with spiral iron staircases leading to upper level balcony seating areas, opened in the 1980s, in a frontage, partitioned from 'Central Park' nightclub, on Belvoir Road, next door to The Engine public house. This establishment did not thrive however, and became known as "Chunky's Fun Pub", before its eventual closure during the early 1990s, after which it was incorporated into the club premises behind, which subsequently became the Emporium nightclub.

The Greyhound and The Royal Oak public houses stood side by side near Memorial Square, until both were knocked through to form a large new pub called "The Pick 'n Shovel", circa 1990. This establishment has itself now closed and the buildings have stood unoccupied for a number of years. For many years, The Royal Oak was a popular adjunct to the 'betting shop' which formerly stood next door, around the corner on Belvoir Road.

The Halfway House on Belvoir Road - it is said - derives its name due to equidistance between the settlements of Coalville and Hugglescote. This establishment was once frequented with patrons drawn to the regular greyhound races that were held for many years on a track to the rear of the premises, though the greyhound course was closed in the 1980s and the land has since been redeveloped with housing. The Coalville Greyhound Course is said to have once been amongst the most prestigious such facilities in the country, regularly drawing large crowds and attracting competitors from northern counties, more traditionally associated with the sport. Afghan hound races also took place here.

The Jolly Colliers is located on Thornborough Road and was once a relatively isolated building until this area was redeveloped with the coming of the new 'Stephenson Way' bypass. It is now somewhat overshadowed by the presence of a KFC outlet and the new Stephenson College.

The Leicester Inn, located opposite the town's municipal building on London Road was formerly known as The Leicester Hotel, until this was changed some years ago.

The Litten Tree was a relatively short-lived venture that occupied a former retail premises in Marlborough Square. Prior to its conversion into a public house, the building was occupied by the "Teddy Edwards" clothing store. The premises is now unoccupied.

The Margaret Street Working Men's Club - as the name suggests - formerly traded in Margaret Street, in the town centre. Following its closure as a licensed premises, the building was taken over by the New Life evangelical church, which is a thriving concern, as evidenced by the presence of its website.

The Marlborough Club in Marlborough Square was formerly known as The Coalville Liberal Club.

The Miner's Welfare Club on Owen Street was a huge concern for many years. This impressive building was destroyed by an arson attack during the 1980s. A miniature steam railway was once located to the rear of the premises, which has since been re-established in the grounds of the Hermitage Leisure Centre.

The Monkey Walk in Marlborough Square is a Wetherspoons franchise, formerly occupied by Lloyds Bank, until this was relocated in more modern premises in the 1990s, just a short distance away on Belvoir Road. The Monkey Walk derives its name from the fact that functions were once held in nearby dance halls, organized by a much-loved Roman Catholic priest and local political activist - 'Father Deagan', who championed the cause of the local mining community. During these events, it is said that this celebrated local character would bring along some of his pet monkeys and display them in cages.

Potter's Snooker Club was situated centrally, in Owen Street. The club was opened in the late twentieth century and has since closed.

The Queen's Head at the top of Spring Lane, on the corner of Thornborough Road closed many years ago. It is included among the list of Whitwick public houses at the Whitwick Wikipedia page, though in fact, historically, would have stood in the parish of Swannington.

The Railway Hotel on Hotel Street closed its doors in the 1990s and has since been used as a Montessori nursery. A Grade II listed building, this also originally served as the ticket office for the newly opened Leicester and Swannington Railway. In 1846, the landlord was recorded as one Samuel Clifford.[19]

The Red House, near Memorial Square, is the oldest public house in the town and is of an eighteenth century origin, thereby pre-dating the modern town of Coalville. For some years toward the end of the twentieth century, this pub was known as The Steampacket, before reverting to its original name. In 1846, the landlord appears as one Joseph Burton.[20]

Dennis Baker - in his book, "Coalville: The First Seventy-Five Years"[21] asserts that this building appears to have had rather a 'bloody history'. In 1799, for example, it is recorded that the landlord, William Wisdom, was shot in the chest whilst answering a knock at the door during the early hours; this resulted in the hanging of a sweep from nearby Thringstone, though several years afterward, a man sentenced to death for horse-stealing at Copt Oak subsequently confessed to having committed the shooting. Baker also writes that the Red House was once referred to locally as 'The Cradle and Coffin' - apparently based upon an unsubstantiated legend that a former landlord had murdered his wife and child and buried them both in the yard at the rear of the pub, following his discovery of his wife's infidelity.[22] During the twentieth century, it is known that two landlords of the Red House committed suicide at the premises; the latter such tragedy occurred in particularly violent circumstances, when the landlord took his own life by shooting himself in the cellar in the 1980s.[23]

The Saint Wilfred's Social Club was a large premises of wooden construction that formerly stood on the London Road, opposite Saint Wilfred's Roman Catholic Church. Used as a social outlet for many years by members of the Saint Wilfred's congregation, this closed in recent years and is now demolished.

The Snibstone New Inn, near Memorial Square (known locally as 'The Snibby') dates from the earlier part of the nineteenth century. Curiously, the spelling "Snibstone" - as used in the name of this inn - has always appeared to deviate from the traditional spelling of "Snibston" - the parish in which it used to stand, prior to the amalgamation of this parish into the new civil parish of Coalville. In William White's Directory of 1846, the pub is listed as 'The New Inn', in the Coalville part of Whitwick, with the name of the landlord given as Thomas Coldwell.[24] In Francis White's Directory of 1857, it is listed under Packington, which contained the chapelry of Snibston, and the landlady is named as Margaret Coldwell, presumably widow of Thomas.[25]

The Stamford and Warrington, standing close to the railway crossing on High Street, is a small traditional public house that has remained largely unaltered internally over the past fifty years. This public house derives its name from the fact that the Earl of Stamford and Warrington was once 'lord paramount' of the manors of Hugglescote and Donington, the pub being located in Hugglescote parish, prior to the creation of Coalville Civil Parish toward the end of the nineteenth century.[26]

The Stamford and Warrington public house is connected with one of Leicestershire's most notorious murder cases. This occurred in 1877, when one Joseph Tugby - a sixty-four year old pedlar, who had been drinking at the hostelry - was followed out of the premises and beaten to death on a nearby railway footbridge by three local men - John Swift, John Upton and James Satchwell - all of whom were subsequently hanged. Their execution, at the Welford Road Gaol in Leicester, was apparently the last triple hanging to be carried out there. Tugby's grave can be found in the disused Roman Catholic cemetery on Parsonwood Hill, Whitwick in the form of a slate headstone (now fallen over) and which asks for forgiveness for his killers.[27]

The Victoria Hotel on Whitwick Road, is now known as "The Vic Biker's Pub" (or, more commonly, 'The Vic') and has established a firm reputation as a venue for live bands at weekends, typically of 'classic rock' genre. The venue also attracts large numbers of motorcycle enthusiasts who assemble with their vehicles in the car park on week nights.

The business park which lies adjacent to the pub was formerly an area occupied by the Whitwick Colliery. The Victoria Hotel would probably have been built later in the nineteenth century and so named to commemorate the Queen - possibly around the time of her golden or diamond jubilee. Victoria Road and Albert Road are to be found close by, which were developed with terraced properties, circa 1900.

The Waggon and Horses public house stood at the bottom of Ashby Road, until it was closed and demolished, circa 2000.

The West End Club, located at the 'Hoo Ash Island' end of Ashby Road is the largest licensed premises in the town and has a vast first storey 'concert room', once a regular venue for live music, though this is seldom used for such purposes in changed times.

Notable residents[edit]

  • Hugh Adcock- (1903–1975) former Leicester City, Bristol Rovers and England footballer
  • Tina Baker – TV presenter, born in Coalville in 1958
  • William Bees – Recipient of the Victoria Cross, buried in the London Road Cemetery
  • MC Pitman – Hip-Hop Artist who performs in the persona of a Coalville miner
  • George Smith (1831–95) – Victorian philanthropist (campaigner for the abolition of child labour)
  • Gemma Steel – British long-distance runner who competes in road running and cross country running competitions.
  • William Stenson – Mining Engineer, founder of Whitwick Colliery; plaque on London Road marks site of former residence
  • Norman Bird – actor (1920–2005) b. Coalville, made over 60 screen appearances but was even more prolific on television, with over 200 appearances including Z Cars, Up the Workers, The Saint and Worzel Gummidge
  • Tom Hopper – actor (born 1985) has appeared in Casualty (1986) (TV), Saxon (2007) and in Doctor Who (2010) (TV). In 2011, he was cast in perhaps his most notable screen role as the valiant knight Sir Percival, the strongman on the BBC fantasy series Merlin
  • Steve Whitworth (born 20 March 1952) is an English former professional footballer who made nearly 600 appearances in the Football League playing for Leicester City, Sunderland, Bolton Wanderers and Mansfield Town. He was capped seven times for England
  • Kathleen Fidler 1899–1980 Writer born in Coalville – author of over eighty books for children, many of which were broadcast on BBC Radio Children's Hour and Schools programmes.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "DEMOGRAPHIC PROFILE OF NORTH WEST LEICESTERSHIRE", Leicestershire County Council, 2005, retrieved 2011-07-10
  3. ^ "Specialist Schools". The Standards Site. Department for Children, Schools and Families. Retrieved 15 April 2010. 
  4. ^ http://www.coalvillemvc.co.uk/2.html
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  6. ^ http://www.desfordcollieryband.co.uk/#
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  12. ^ The Travels and Observations of Elizabeth Hewes, 2011"
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  14. ^ a b Emporium Club, Coalville
  15. ^ Information on History of Coalville's Public Houses and Working Men's Clubs taken from website by Stephen Neale Badcock - Geocities - no longer extant
  16. ^ White, William - History, Gazetteer and Directory of Leicestershire and Rutland, 1846
  17. ^ http://www.desfordcollieryband.co.uk/contact.htm#
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  19. ^ White, William - History, Gazetteer and Directory of Leicestershire and Rutland, 1846
  20. ^ White, William - History, Gazetteer and Directory of Leicestershire and Rutland, 1846
  21. ^ D W Baker: Coalville, The First Seventy Five Years, 1983
  22. ^ Baker, 'Coalville: The First Seventy Five Years', Leicestershire Libraries and Information Services, 1983.
  23. ^ Coalville Times newspaper archives, available on microfilm, Coalville Library
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