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 restoring the dilapidated shell of Hough Mill and recovering neglected railway and coal mining sites.
Hello Heritage – Heritage On Your Doorstep is the festival sponsored by North West Leicestershire District Council. NWLDC have financed eight information boards that are packed with fabulous tales about some of the amazing families in Swannington’s history. As you walk through Swannington keep a lookout for the boards. As our website is visited by people from all over the world, we have added a Hello Heritage page to this website. See the Families page, with sub pages for families where we have lots of information to share. During 5th-20th September, we will be adding new information to this website each day.
- Saturday 5th – Seafarers of the world on the Fowkes family page.
- Sunday 6th – See the photos on the Fewkes family page.
- Monday7th – Hough Mill video on Hough Mill Restoration page.
- Tuesday 8th – See the photos and information for the Berkin family of St George’s Hill and Montana.
- Wednesday 9th – Kath Pickering the footballing Sunday School teacher, more on the Pickering family page.
- Thursday 10th – Hello Heritage video of the Swannington Incline.
- Friday 11th – Sidney James, navy hero, more on the James family page.
- Saturday 12th – The Barkby family who branched out throughout Swannington.
- Sunday 13th – Second World War information on Barkby family page.
- Wednesday 16th – The Hall family and a 1948 wedding.
- Thursday 17th – The children of John William Berkin and Sarah Ann Smith see Berkin family
- Friday 18th – The life of Jim Hall 1894-1977 see Hall family
If you have information about your Swannington family that you would like to share, please contact the Trust via the history and archive option on the contact page.
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.