Coalville (GB)

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Coalville is a town in North West Leicestershire, England.

The town of Coalville is a product of the Industrial Revolution. As the name indicates, Coalville is a former coal mining town. The name may derive from the name of the house belonging to the founder of Whitwick Colliery: 'Coalville House'. In the early nineteenth century, the area now known as Coalville was little more than a track known as Long Lane, which ran approximately east-west, stretching between two turnpikes, Bardon and Hoo Ash.Coal has been mined in the area since the medieval period, a heritage also traceable in the place name Coleorton, and examples of mine workings from these times can be found on the Hough Mill site at Swannington near the Califat Colliery site. A life-sized horse gin has been built on the Hough Mill site and craters can be seen in the ground, where the medieval villagers dug out their allocation of coal.

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