Coal Mining Remains at the Conery, 500m South of Coleorton Hall


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Coal Workings

Data Source

English Heritage

County Council

Leicestershire County Council

District Council

North West Leicestershire District Council



Parliamentary Constituency

North West Leicestershire

Grid Reference

SE391391 (439078, 316823)

WGS84 Coordinates

52.7473, -1.42102

Nearest Postcode

LE67 8FG

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The earthworks and buried remains of an area of coal mining situated at The Conery, 1km south west of Coleorton village. In the north and particularly the north west of the site, shallow earthworks and hummocks are visible which represent the remains of outcropping. This simplest method of coal extraction was the first method used in the Coleorton area, and its earthworks will therefore preserve information about early medieval coal mining technology such as working faces and details of tools used. Shallow shaft mounds and spoil tips in the northern part of the site are the surface remains of closely spaced pits which were worked during the mediveal period. A vertical shaft was sunk to the coal seam and then extended in all directions until the roof was in danger of collapse, at which point the pit was abandoned and another started very closely by to maximise coal extraction. The remains of these pits will retain buried features relating to their operation and activities which took place around the shaft head. The absence of later types of working suggests that The Conery area was not mined beyond the medieval period. Scheduled.

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