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Coalville

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Things to do: museums, nightlife
Coalville is a town in North West Leicestershire, England. Coalville itself had a population of 4,494 in 2001, with the total population of its conurbation estimated in 2003 to be around 33,000. It lies on the A511 trunk road between Leicester and Burton upon Trent, close to junction 22 of the M1 motorway where the A511 meets the A50 between Ashby-de-la-Zouch and Leicester. Coalville is the administrative seat of North West Leicestershire District Council and serves as a market town for the district. It borders the upland area of Charnwood Forest to the east of the town. Coalville is twinned with Romans-sur-Isère in southeastern France.HistoryThe town of Coalville is a product of the Industrial Revolution. As the name indicates, Coalville is a former coal mining town.The name may derive from the name of the house belonging to the founder of Whitwick Colliery: 'Coalville House'.Pre-industrial periodIn the early nineteenth century, the area now known as Coalville was little more than a track known as Long Lane, which ran approximately east-west, stretching between two turnpikes, Bardon and Hoo Ash.
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