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The Swannington Village Archive is located in the village hall.  Our dedicated team of archivists meet fortnightly on Monday evenings to scan, catalogue and index the documents.  Some of the families featuring in the archive are:

Bailey – The coal mining family of William Willis Bailey the three mining engineers of that name did not live in Swannington but are linked to the mining history of the village.

Burton – Including Anne Burton the founder of the Juvenile Missionary Association.  Also Henry Burton who wrote the words for many Methodist hymns and a Jubilee Ode performed at the Royal Albert Hall in honour of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee.  More information about Henry Burton is available on:


Gray – The coal mining family of Thomas Henry Gray the mining engineer and colliery manager who lived in Station Row during the 1860’s and 1870’s.

Griffin – Three generations of the Griffin family owned and worked Thringstone Smock Mill (now known as Hough Mill) until the 1870’s.  Marriage connections include – Blastock, Draper, Gilbert, Horsley, Jesson, Kirby, Knight, Moll, Teall, Timms, Tugby

John Griffin of Thringstone, who died December 25th 1874 in his 83rd year and Susannah his widow, who died 31st August 1877 aged 78 years - St George's, Swannington

Holland – Gabriel Holland the 18th century coal mining entrepreneur who went bankrupt.  Gabriel married the daughter of Edward and Priscilla Muggleston.

Hough – The family of John Hough the land steward of the Beaumonts of Coleorton Hall, who bought Thringstone Smock Mill (now Hough Mill) in 1878.  Marriage connections include – Chester, Griffiths, Lakin, Taylor.

Jeffcoat – Including Samuel Jeffcoat who fought in the Peninsular War (Spain and Portugal) against Napoleon’s army.

Jesson – Including Susannah Jesson the wife of John Griffin (father), the miller at Thringstone Smock Mill (now Hough Mill).

Kirby (Kerby) – The milling family who leased Hough Mill from the Griffin and Hough families plus operated other windmills in Swannington and Thringstone.  Marriage connections include – Burton, Cartwright, Clayton, Farmer, Gamble, Griffin, King, Lakin, Pegg, Sketchley, Smith, Wilson

Lewis – The coal mining family of Richard George Bailey Lewis the mining engineer of the Coleorton Colliery Company, whose number 2 colliery (Califat Colliery) is owned by the Trust.

MugglestonEdward and Priscilla Mugglestone were a Quaker family who farmed on the corner of Main Street and Church Lane.

Newarke – The 1749 inventory of William Newarke’s property provides a fascinating insight into the life and possessions of a prosperous farmer.  William also operated a coal mine that was subsequently worked by Gabriel Holland.

Orton – The life of Edward Orton 1665-1746, a tanner.

Walker – The coal mining family of Benjamin Walker the co-owner of the Coleorton Colliery Company, whose number 2 colliery (Califat Colliery) is owned by the Trust.

Military personnel from both World Wars.