Chris Mear: The Third Video From Coalville Photographed

Coalville Photographed By Graham Ellis
A Series Of Short Films By Christopher Mear

It's already time for us to share Chris' third video in his series. Let us know what you think!

How would I have found any of this? Coalville Photographed video via YouTube.

Follow an easily missable path just off the main road which runs through a very small village called Griffydam and you will find a small chalybeate well from which this little village found its name. 

The story goes that ‘Griffydam’ derives from a combination of the terms for an ancient mythical beast with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle, and a contained water source. Because a Griffin once zealously guarded the well, forcing villagers to walk several miles for their water, until one day the griffin was slain by a passing knight.

An alternative explanation suggests that ‘Griffydam’ derives from ‘Griffith’s-Dam’ - a man-made pond, for which remnants of its bank can still be seen at the end of that easily missable path just off the main road. Several nineteenth century trade directories also refer to the settlement as ‘Griffth’s-Dam’ before the name 'Griffydam' occurred sometime around 1764, when it was referred to as being noted for its mineral water, as a place near Ashby-de-la-Zouch.