. . . . . Hough Mill open 2-5pm Sundays in October for people to see sails and new information boards . . . . . . . Talks re the history of Hough Mill Sunday 27th October . . . . . . . Trees from around the world - tour of Califat arboretum - Saturday 9th November . . . . . . .

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.

Hough Mill now has framework sails – see our Trust News page.

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.

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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.