Colin Crosby Heritage Tours


Swithland is a small and attractive Leicestershire village in the heart of Charnwood Forest, 4 miles to the South of Loughborough.

Swithland slate was quarried here since Roman times, but excavation ceased in the 19th century when it was made uneconomic by the railways, which gave greater availability to cheaper slate from North Wales.

Nevertheless, there are many buildings in the area which are roofed with Swithland slate, and it is also widely used for headstones.

St. Leonard's Church dates back to the 13th century. It has an interesting burial, of Sir Joseph Danvers. It is half in and half out of the churchyard, so that he could be buried with his beloved dog.

In the grounds of Swithland Hall is the original Market Cross removed from Mountsorrel, and replaced by the famous Butter Cross.

In the main street there are two conical gazebos, marking the limits of Swithland Old Hall.

The lovely Swithland Woods are well known for their abundance of bluebells. An open air Bluebell Service is held annually.

Swithland Reservoir is much photographed, being crossed by the steam Great Central Railway on its way from Loughborough Central Station to Leicester North.

Blue Badge Guide Colin Crosby is available to lead Guided Walks around Swithland for groups.

Places in Swithland

St. Leonards Church, Swithland Hall

Places in Swithland...