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Jeffcoats Lane

Jeffcoats Lane was named after the Jeffcoat family who lived at the Talbot Lane end. The Coleorton Railway crossed Jeffcoats Lane. To the north the horse drawn railway led to the tunnel under St George’s Hill, Loughborough Road and Tugby’s Lane. To the south the track led to the bottom of the Incline, this part is now a public footpath until it reaches private land.

Jeffcoats Lane - the public footpath heads south
Jeffcoats Lane - north is private land

Limby Hall Lane

The origin of the name Limby Hall is unknown. It could stem from a Saxon hall, but there is not any evidence of one. It is possible that in the 18th century coal miners came from the village of Linby in Nottinghamshire. During the 19th century the name was spelt Linby Hall. In the 1870’s and 1880’s many mining families from the Swannington area moved to Nottinghamshire pits including those at Annesley and Linby.

The wide grass verge on the north side of Limby Hall Lane was William Jessop’s horse drawn tramway. This went to the Charnwood Forest Canal terminus near the George and Dragon public house on the Loughborough Road.

Limby Hall Lane is L shaped. Italian WWII prisoners used to work the fields near the houses where the two parts of the lane meet.

Houses at Limby Hall near where prisoners used to work
Woodlands planted under a National Forest scheme
The point where the tramway entered the Raper and Fenton coal mine

Main Street

There are lots of interesting buildings in Main Street including

Bulls Head House – the former Bulls Head Inn was once operated by John George Hough the son of John Hough who bought Thringstone Smock Mill (now Hough Mill) in 1878

Swannington Cooperative Shop – Now the Chilli’n’Spice restaurant next to the school.  Read about the building’s interesting history.

The Bull's Head when an inn
Swannington Cooperative Shop reopening day 1909 after relocation from Hough Hill

Moor Lane

Until at least the 1911 census this was known as Workhouse Lane. Can anyone tell us how the name changed to Moor Lane? It is believed that the Swannington Workhouse was a small building near where there is a wide verge, near Beaumont Villas. This would have predated the Ashby Union workhouse.

The house now known as The Dairy used to be Knight’s Cottages on the 1911 census. Looking at the size they would have been very small.

To find out who lived in Moor Lane in 1911 and 1939, download Moor Lane Residents

Knights Cottages, now The Dairy
Believed to be the site of the workhouse
Beaumont Villas

St George’s Hill

The name is less than 200 years old, as St George’s Church was not built until 1825. The name had a wider usage at the beginning of WWII, when properties in nowadays Loughborough Road and Church Hill used St George’s Hill as their address.

The houses in St George’s Terrace are shown on the 1883 map. Ivy Leigh Cottages on the corner of Limby Hall Lane first appear on the 1911 census. The council houses do not appear on the 1923 map, but their residents appear on the 1939 survey at the start of WWII.

Ivy Leigh Cottages
St George's Terrace


As its name suggests, the Tanyard off Main Street is built on the site of a former Tannery.  After the tannery closed in the 1840s, the small cottages were built.  In some cases two cottages have been merged into one present day property.

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In 1833 the Railway Inn was built on the corner of the Tanyard and Main Street.

Railway Inn
Railway Inn Customers