BEDWORTH is a market town in the Borough of
Nuneaton and Bedworth
Nuneaton and Bedworth ,
Warwickshire , England. It is situated between
Coventry , 5.5 miles
(9 km) to the south, and
Nuneaton , 3 miles (5 km) to the north. In
the 2001 census the town had a population of 32,268.
* 1 Geography
* 2 History
* 3 Features
* 4 Religion
* 4.1 Church of
* 4.2 Roman Catholic
* 4.3 Other Christian denominations
* 5 Sport and leisure
* 7 Transport
* 7.1 Road
* 7.2 Rail
* 7.3 Buses
* 7.4 Waterways
* 8 Schools
* 9 Media
* 9.1 Radio
* 9.2 Written media
* 9.3 Television news
* 10 Notable people
* 11 References
* 12 External links
Bedworth lies 101 miles (163 km) northwest of London, 19 miles (31
km) east of
Birmingham and 15 miles (24 km) north northeast of the
county town of
Bedworth has six main suburban districts, namely COLLYCROFT, MOUNT
PLEASANT, BEDWORTH HEATH, COALPIT FIELD, GOODYERS END and EXHALL .
Exhall is a generic name for the area surrounding junction 3 of the M6
motorway, comprising parts of both
Bedworth and Coventry. Much of what
is now considered
Exhall within south
Bedworth is also referred to as
HAYES GREEN by locals and on older maps of the area.
River Sowe rises in
Bedworth flowing through
Exhall , northern
Baginton and Stoneleigh , before joining the
River Avon south of Stoneleigh.
Originally a small market town with Saxon origins, Bedworth
developed into an industrial town in the 18th and 19th centuries, due
largely to coal mining and the overspill of ribbon weaving and textile
industries from nearby Coventry. The opening of the
in 1769 and later, the railway in 1850 enhanced the town's growth.
Bedworth was for many years primarily a coal mining town, but the last
colliery was closed in 1994. In the middle of the 19th century, the
large number of public houses, and thirsty miners lead to the town
being called 'Black Bedworth'.
Due to its good transport links, and proximity to major cities such
Bedworth is now growing
rapidly as a dormitory town .
Bedworth was a civil parish within the
District. In 1928
Bedworth was incorporated as an urban district in
its own right. In 1974 the
Bedworth Urban District was merged with
the borough of
Nuneaton to create the borough of
Nuneaton and Bedworth
The most notable buildings in
Bedworth are the Nicholas Chamberlaine
Almshouses on All Saints' Square in the town centre, which are built
in Tudor style and date from 1840, having been funded by a legacy
from the local benefactor
Nicholas Chamberlaine (1632–1715) through
The main venue in
Bedworth is the
Bedworth Civic Hall which has an
attached arts centre.
Bedworth water tower is probably the most noticeable landmark
building in Bedworth, built in the 1880s in the then fashionable style
of an Italian campanile , it is visible from many miles around. It
used to provide drinking water for the houses and the mining
facilities. It was part of the 19th century development of the water
supply infrastructure following the 1854 cholera outbreak in London\'s
Soho district that was identified by Dr. John Snow as originating from
a contaminated water pump, (this can be regarded as a founding event
of the science of epidemiology ) and the summer 1858 '
Great Stink ' in
London. The tower was also home to a pair of peregrine falcons in
2006, before its 2012 residential redevelopment. All Saints'
Square – church at the far end. The almshouses are to the left out
of picture. Bridge No 13,
Bedworth Hill Bridge.
The Act of Parliament for construction of the
Coventry Canal under
James Brindley was passed in 1768, and runs via
Fradley Junction near
Lichfield . Completed in 1789.
Former topshops . They were a common feature in
Coventry's textiles industry during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
The lower two floors served as the weaver's private dwelling, while
the upper floor acted as the workplace. This photograph clearly shows
how the windows on the top floor were once much bigger, to allow for
Along Mill Street until recently were rows of former weavers\'
cottages which were once inhabited by
Huguenot weavers . Some of
these were still used as shops, although most had been allowed to
become derelict. They have been demolished as part of the
redevelopment of Tesco. The majority of the town centre was built in
the post-war period, and has all the hallmarks of such a development.
The town centre itself contains some of the usual high street retail
names as well as many charity, card shops and banks.
Domestic appliance insurer Domestic of particular note, the north
aisle window is a rare example of the work of Mr. H. Clarke depicting
St Peter, St Paul, St Luke and St John. All Saints' was reordered in
2000 to include a narthex , in which is held a coffee morning on
Friday mornings. The church is open for visitors each morning (Monday
– Friday 10 am – 12 noon). Sunday services are 9 am for Holy
Communion, 11 am for family worship and 6 pm for evening worship.
St. Francis of Assisi
Roman Catholic Church
Roman Catholic Church (a prominent building in
the town centre) was originally opened in June 1883. Casting a
tentative shadow over Rye Piece (a little side-street in the middle of
the town), it was built at a time when Catholics were unfortunately
still viewed with suspicion. It was a modest, oblong structure built
in traditional Victorian redbrick with a small schoolroom running
along the west side. The money to build it was raised by the priest,
Fr Pius, not entirely from his sparse congregation but by simply
begging all over the country. Funds for further development were
supplemented by two long-running novenas dedicated to St Peter of
Alcantara and St Francis Xavier.
In 1894 a school was built close to the church; whilst initially big
enough to accommodate some 150 pupils aged from 4 to 14 years, it was
eventually superseded by a new school. It is now a nursery.
The church itself was extended finally into its present form to be
consecrated on 4 September 1923 and one of the hundreds of Catholic
churches built following the Catholic Emancipation Act of 1829 . A
memorial to all the dedicated priests and parishioners of the past,
particularly Fr Francis (1892–1912). He was a legend in his own
lifetime whose French background undoubtedly influenced the unique
character of the church. He acquired land around the church to build
the new school, the presbytery, to build social housing and he bought
an old brewery to serve as a social club. So the Catholic community
which had first congregated in a disused shop in one of Bedworth's
many yards, then a small chapel, finally had its own church, yet with
the sanctuary at the west end and opposite to the original. Today it
is in need of repair and modernisation to conform to health and safety
legislation. During its long life the church has survived wars and
recession, the upheavals of Vatican II, town re-development and the
ebb and flow of congregations and priests. Now it stands proudly and
prominently, a Victorian gem on the busy Rye Piece ring road
surrounded by beautiful gardens and enhanced by a Calvary and a grotto
in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes.
OTHER CHRISTIAN DENOMINATIONS
There are also,
Bedworth Methodist Church, and the United Reformed
Church in Mill Street in the town centre,
Bedworth Baptist Church on
Coventry Road near the football ground as well as Life Church on
Bulkington Road. Zion Baptist Church is on Newdigate Road and is a
striking 1977 replacement of the original 1796 chapel on High Street,
which was demolished to make way for the Civic Centre (See external
All Saints' Church of
England Parish Church,
Bedworth adjacent to the
main shopping area.
St Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, Bedworth.
United Reformed Church, Bedworth.
SPORT AND LEISURE
The Oval Football Ground, home of
Bedworth United .
Bedworth has a non-League football team
Bedworth United F.C. who play
at the Oval Ground.
Bedworth now has a branch of Steve Brown Darts Academy.
Armistice Day 11 November is well attended by the
population, who gather in the town to watch the veterans' armistice
parade that concludes with the laying of poppy wreaths at the war
memorial, to pay their respects to those who fought and died in the
armed forces. Local youth groups like the Girls\' Brigade , and cadets
march through the town as part of the parade, with bands playing
Second World War
Second World War
Douglas C-47 Skytrain
Douglas C-47 Skytrain 'Dakota'
military transport aircraft, (also known as the civilian version
Douglas DC-3 ), scatter remembrance poppy petals over the town, aiming
at the war memorial if the weather permits. Before 2005 Spitfire
fighters were used. It was featured on the national TV news on
remembrance days, but they were banned on health and safety grounds,
from low flying over an urban area. In 2008 Dakotas were declared
'unsafe' for passenger transport by the EU, after having been safely
in service since the 1930s, even staying in the air after sustaining
heavy combat damage when used as the main allied transport aircraft in
Second World War
Second World War .
Bedworth chose to keep 11 November as Armistice Day, even after 1939,
when the rest of the country moved to the nearest Sunday. In more
recent times, the tradition was kept up by Frank Parsons. The former
Royal Marine died in 2011, but his work over the previous 25 years
not only kept Bedworth's tradition - unique in the
United Kingdom -
alive, but also lent significant weight to the campaign to move
Remembrance Day back to 11 November.
Bedworth railway station The bridge for the M6 ,
Bedworth has good transport links being situated immediately north of
M6 motorway at junction 3, with access via several slip roads onto
the A444 dual carriageway bypass. The A444 also provides fast access
Ricoh Arena and shopping centre and
Coventry city centre.
Bedworth is also served by the
Nuneaton railway line .
Bedworth railway station was opened in 1988 after the
original station was closed in the 1960s as part of the
Beeching Axe .
Bus services to the city centre of
Coventry are operated
competitively by Stagecoach in
Warwickshire and National Express
Coventry . Stagecoach also provides direct services to
Hinckley "> Nicholas
* Newdigate Primary School
Nicholas Chamberlaine School
* St Michael's Primary School
* The Canons (formerly Cannon Evans Infant and Canon Maggs Junior
Schools – amalgamated in 2015)
* All Saints' School
* Race Leys Infant School
* Race Leys Junior School
* St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School
* Goodyers End Primary School
* St Giles Junior Primary School
* Ash Green Secondary School
The local radio stations are:
Warwickshire : 104.0FM
The New 107 Oak FM (formerly Fosseway Radio): 107.9FM
* Free Radio
Warwickshire (formally known as Mercia
Sound and Mercia FM): 97.0FM
* Anker Radio – which serves the nearby
George Eliot Hospital ,
but can be heard on 1386AM.
* BBC Radio
Leicester can be received in the town on 104.9FM.
The main local newspapers are:
Nuneaton News (originally known as the Evening News upon
launch and then the Heartland Evening News): Serving the whole of
Warwickshire and some border areas in Leicestershire, the paper
is owned by
Local World . The newspaper is published on weekdays. The
Wednesday edition is circulated free throughout the town, whereas the
daily paper on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday are paid. It was
founded in 1992, following the decision of the Tribune's publisher to
switch to a weekly freesheet.
* The Tribune (formerly the People's Tribune (1895), Midland
Counties Tribune (1903) and
Nuneaton Evening Tribune (1957)): It is
Trinity Mirror 's
Coventry Newspapers (publisher of the
Coventry Telegraph ). Covering 'northern Warwickshire' (particularly
Atherstone a localised sub-edition of the
, it was launched in 1992 (when the aforementioned Tribune switched
from daily to weekly production).
Nuneaton area is covered on regional TV News by:
* BBC (West)
ITV News Central
ITV News Central
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Nona Bellairs (1824-1897), writer and philanthropist
Pete Doherty , former Libertines front-man, attended Nicholas
Chamberlaine School .
George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans) lived at "Griff House" north of
Bedworth and south of
Nuneaton between 1819 and 1841. "Griff House"
still stands today as a
Premier Travel Inn .
* Lee Hurst , a
Coventry City footballer in the 1990s, used to
reside in Leas Close in the Mount Pleasant area. He retired due to
injury caused during a training exercise at an assault course,
organised by then manager
Bobby Gould . He also appeared on They Think
It\'s All Over as the mystery guest as a joke due to one of the show
residents of the same name, Lee Hurst , the comedian. He was an unsung
local hero on the terraces of the Highfield Road stadium, who lined up
alongside the likes of
Roy Wegerle ,
Peter Ndlovu ,
Steve Ogrizovic ,
Brian Borrows ,
Kenny Sansom ,
Micky Quinn ,
Robert Rosario and many
Coventry City footballers.
Conrad Keely of American rock group ...And You Will Know Us by the
Trail of Dead was a resident of Bedworth.
Nick Skelton , winner of a gold medal in London 2012
winner of the
Hickstead Derby and European showjumping championships.
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