Welcome to the website of the multi award winning Swannington Heritage Trust. We have a fabulous group of volunteers who work fantastically hard to achieve amazing things:
- Two hundred year old derelict Hough Mill has been substantially restored and more progress is achieved each year.
- The Swannington Incline (part of Robert Stephenson’s railway) has been transformed from an inaccessible rubbish dump into a permissive path and all three bridges have been rebuilt.
- The overgrown Gorse Field has been transformed into an environmental delight which has gained Local Wildlife Site designation.
- Consolidated archaeological excavations of Victorian coal mining buildings in the Califat Spinney and hosts one of only seven newcomen boilers in the world.
- Created the Swannington Archive of documents and photographs.
To read our exciting news about sails for Hough Mill see our Trust News page.
There are 100+ events during July in the Leicestershire and Rutland Festival of Archaeology, including six led by Swannington Heritage Trust see the Diary page for details.
Website updates – This website is updated at least weekly, so keep returning to see our latest content. The website updates page lists the main updates to the site.
What our visitors say
"...Lovely spot great to learn about our local history...."Facebook
"...Restored windmill. Run by volunteers who offer a great deal of knowledge about local history. Definitely worth a visit...."Google Reviews
"...Lovely walk with family and dog, adventure for the kids..."Google Reviews
"...Industrial heritage site run entirely by volunteers. They also maintain an inclined plane nearby...."Google Reviews
We love sharing photos that people send to us, many thanks to Gary Hawthorne for these fabulous photos. More public provided photos are in our Community Gallery do have a look.