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A coal mining dynasty

In the 1850’s Benjamin Walker owned coal mines in Newbold, Coleorton and Swannington, his 150 year dynasty covered seven counties from Staffordshire to Middlesex and included 300 people, 16 mining engineers and 12 coal merchants.

Leicestershire industrialists, their non industrial legacy

Whose offer of paintings led to the creation of a famous art gallery?
Who was not a very good businessman, yet his legacies are still used by people throughout the country every day?
The scope of his business ideas were matched by the size of his bricks?
Which businessman gave the council a gift fit for a queen?
The non industrial legacies of Leicestershire’s industrialists are many and varied, they continue to have an impact on our daily life.

Trouble and strife, the challenges in getting a wife

Centuries of wedding traditions, changes in the law and other factors have complicated the lifetime union of a woman with a man. They also changed the course of history as well as impacting upon the lives of many individuals.

The industrial development of Swannington

Coal mining before Magna Carta.
A tanner’s wealth.
The tramway to a canal that failed.
One of the world’s first railways.
The windmill that moved between villages.
Just some of the industrial developments in this small Leicestershire village.

Building Coalville’s memorial clocktower

Who decided to build a clocktower?
Where did the money come from?
Who built it?
Why did they do it?

Cardiff and Leicester – so similar yet so different

They were both celtic settlements on the banks of a river, have Roman, Viking and Norman legacies, plus many other similarities. In many ways they are very similar as cities, yet they developed at very different rates, each city making some advances centuries before the other.