Swannington Heritage Trust has researched 1,000 records from the 1911 census covering both the current village of Swannington and parts of the village that have transferred to Coalville and Coleorton. The Trust now has a database of 2,500 inhabitants of the area in 1911 and has used other sources such as:
• The Absent Voters List of soldiers still in the army at the time of the December 1918 General Election.
• War memorials and histories of soldiers killed during the First World War.
• Histories of Swannington families.
• Histories of Swannington properties
Although the prime focus of this project is the decade leading up to and including the First World War, the secondary objective is to gather information on what has happened to the village in living memory. We are convinced that there is a lot more information known and held by current and former Swannington residents and the wider public. If you live, have lived or visited Swannington you will have memories that can contribute to this project. Some possibilities are:
• When was your house built and who designed / built it?
• House deeds
• Names of former owners and residents
• Photographs of your house, now and in the past
Photographs and your memories of former shops, farms, church / chapel events
• Photographs and your memories of mobile trades such as horse drawn carts that took milk, ice cream, bread, vegetables door to door through the village. Names of the people, names of the horses, types of cart, what time of day did they visit, did they tell jokes or pass on village information?
• Photographs and your memories of the open cast mining in the village just after the Second World War
• Photographs and your memories of the Calcutta Pumping Station, the Incline Winding Engine House
You may well wish to keep your old photographs and documents but perhaps you could scan them for us or bring them along to one of our scanning sessions. Details of public scanning sessions will be available shortly.
If you have photographs, documents or memories that could contribute to this project please get in touch with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01530 222 833. If you would like to join our friendly team and help with research, putting up posters, serving teas, staffing the exhibition etc. we would also like to hear from you.