The Stephenson family and the Leicester and Swannington Railway
The Stephenson family had close connections with the Leicester and Swannington Railway. The folowing information was received from Dennis Baker, the Chairman of two related interest groups - Swannington Heritage trust and Coalville 150 Group.
Both groups (the SHT & C150G) have done much to record and preserve the heritage of the Stephenson era in this district. The trust owns and has conserved the Swannington Incline, having rebuilt all the bridges thereon. We have also republished two books about the L&SR outlining the operation of the line. Dennis Baker, their Chairman, wrote a book about the contribution of the Stephensons' to the birth of the town of Coalville in 1983 called "Coalville, the first 75 years" and they have recorded the activities of the Snibston Colliery company to the development of the community. George's Row, built in 1833, still stands in the town and James Stephenson's gravestone is now preserved in Coalville Church. I am not aware whether you know that George's house, "Alton House" still stands.
More information on their website which is http://www.swannington-heritage.co.uk