The story of Alvecote is the story of coal.
Coal was discovered at Alvecote in the `1870s and Alvecote Colliery employed about 1000 men prior to 1942.
Almost everything you see is related, directly or indirectly, to it - the railway, the canal, the mound built up of waste from the coal mine now surmounted by an artwork, the miners' cottages and three pools formed by the land sinking and then flooding when the underground workings collapsed..
Alvecote Priory,reputed to be haunted by the ghost of the Grey Lady, is on the edge of the village by the canal. From there walks can be enjoyed along the canal towards the Pooley Fields Heritage Centre in
Pooley Country Park.
Alvecote Pools Nature Reserve is a series of shallow pools created by mining subsidence and is one of the most important bird-watching sites in the Midlands. It is an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) of national importance. (Photo by Ian Hammond)
The old Methodist chapel in Alvecote, which was a Field Study Centre for the Alvecote Pools Nature Reserve for several years, before being demolished.. The site is now a play area.
Alvecote Wood has been a woodland since 1600 and is situated in Robey's Lane. See the website for further information and Open Day dates.