Coalville

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Template:GBdot Coalville is a town in North West Leicestershire, England, with a population of about 45,000. It is just off junction 22 of the M1 motorway and is between Ashby-de-la-Zouch and Leicester.

As the name indicates, it is a former coal-mining town. A disused colliery at Snibston has been regenerated into Snibston Discovery Park, a museum focused on transport, mining, and engineering.

The town grew up with the advent of coalmining, quarrying and engineering industries in the 1800s.

The Leicester and Swannington Railway opened in 1832 and had a small station at Long Lane in Coalville. Snibston colliery opened in 1833.

A fire underground at Whitwick colliery led to the deaths of 35 men in 1898.

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