Three Churches: Barlestone - Nailstone - Bagworth

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The villages of Barlestone, Nailstone and Bagworth are or were mining villages. Nailstone and Bagworth both had their own pits, with Desford close by. Barlestone provided a lot of the workforce for these three mines. Bagworth Church was a very different-looking church, not at all what you would expect a Leicestershire village church to look like, square-built from precast pebbledashed concrete blocks and a separate tower; why? In the 1950s and 1960s when the pits were working, numerous tunnels from Bagworth and Desford stretched under the heathland between the two villages. Walk 3603, Bagworth Heath is the site of the old Desford Mine, at least three tunnels (workfaces) actually going under Bagworth Church. This resulted in the church beginning to fall down; and not only the church but a long row of terraced houses collapsing. Even today if you walk to the corner of the road you will see how it drops downwards and is quite wide. The church therefore needed rebuilding and this was done during 1967-68. It is reported that there was a lot of controversy between the parishioners and the Coal Board about this rebuilding and it is assumed that the style of building we see was perhaps the best available at the time. Later this immediate area was to become famous for its high content of coal extracted, with its coalfaces being the biggest at 14 foot high and up to 200 yards across. Sadly, this church is again collapsing and is being demolished.

England - Central England - Leicestershire - Countryside

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Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Lake/Loch, Mostly Flat, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Wildlife, Woodland
13/03/2015 - David Stephens

Walked 11/03/15 - refreshing to be able to walk over dry ground rather than picking your way over fields sodden with recent rains. This walk will have to be re-named as the church at Bagworth is in the process of being demolished! Navigation spot on. Thanks.

22/05/2013 - Frank Stacey

Did this walk today 22/5/2013. An excellent walk despite being overcast. Thank you Roy for the effort you have put in. I really did appreciate it. Local walks are always a surprise and help keep my footprint 'green'.

13/08/2011 - Walkingworld Administrator

Our thanks to Roy Davenport for his updates for this walk. August 2011. Adrian (Admin)

12/04/2009 - Roy Davenport

All Ok 12/04/09 RD

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