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William Stenson

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Peggie Richardson
25 Feb 2015
Trying To Contact Vern Prescott Of Ontario Canada Re. William Stenson

Would like to contact Vern Prescott of Ontario Canada re. William Stenson, we are distantly related as Wiliam.Stenson is also my great grandfather umpteen times removed.

My maternal grand mother was Selina Collings nee Lay, where the connection to William Stenson is.Peggie


Vern Prescott
8 March 2004
William Stenson was my great, great great grandfather. He was born in Coleorton about 1770

I just did a search on Google for "Stenson colliery" and found your page with the question from Ron Gibson about William Stenson in Heanor. The reply from Robert Mee was the same information that I received from Denis Baker of Coalville.

William Stenson is my great, great great grandfather. He was born in Coleorton about 1770. He left Coleorton about 1808 to go to Derbyshire. From there, he moved to the Forest of Dean in Goucestershire. He must have returned to the Heanor area about 1816 - 1820. From there he moved back to Long Lane where he founded the Whitwick Colliery. Transportation to the city of Leicester was costly, giving Derby coal mines an advantage. As a result, Stenson surveyed a route for a railway. He then made contact with George and Robert Stephenson who agreed almost completely with Stenson's plans and built the Leicester Swannington Railway - the first in the Midlands, I believe. The town of Coalville grew around the mines of Stenson and Stephenson.

I would be very interested in making contact with both Ron Gibson and Robert Mee.

Vern Prescott, Ontario, Canada

Heanor & District Local History Society Newsletter no. 230, January 1999.
"Heanor's Earliest Vicarages" by Peter Stevenson

Robert Mee
Thu 19 Feb 2004
The Vicar's (Rev. Whinfield) undisputed right over the Cunnigree, comprising part of his Vicarial Glebe, led him in 1823 to engage a Mr Stenson to sink a pit within its bounds, with a view to taking out previously waterlogged coal.

Within 12 months, it was suspected that Stenson was working beyond the boundaries of the Glebe land into coals claimed by Messrs Mundy and Charlton. Joseph Swain, underground bailiff at Mundy's Shipley Collier, was despatched to inspect Stenson's workings and declared himself satisfied that they were contained within the boundaries of the Glebe land. He also drew to Whinfield's attention the feasibility of extending these workings beneath and adjacent to the site of the old Rectory, whereupon, in June 1824, Whinfield leased the coals under these premises from Edward Miller Mundy and William Charlton, who claimed them under an ancient privilege. By this time Stenson had taken in, as his partners in the enterprise, Messrs Henry and George Brentnall, with whom Whinfield then contracted for getting the coals he had rented from Messrs Mundy and Charlton, Stenson subsequently giving up his interest."

Heanor & District Local History Society Newsletter no. 145, October 1988.
Item taken from the Derby Mercury of 4/10/1820

Gives details of a "festival" at the opening of a new coal mine at Shipley, owned by E.M. Mundy Esq. "A noble steam engine of 120 horse power, constructed under the direction of Mr Stenson, now wields its ponderous limbs on the spot in mighty aid of manly labour." At the party (where they got through 400 gallons of ale!), "Mr Stenson, the Engineer, was chaired."