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Bedworth
Bedworth
is a market town in the borough of Nuneaton
Nuneaton
and Bedworth, Warwickshire, England.[1] It is situated between Coventry, 6 miles (10 km) to the south, and Nuneaton, 3.5 miles (6 km) to the north. In the 2011 census the town had a population of 30,438.[2]

Contents

1 Geography 2 History 3 Features 4 Religion

4.1 Church of England 4.2 Roman Catholic 4.3 Other Christian denominations

5 Sport and leisure 6 Armistice Day 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

Geography[edit] Bedworth
Bedworth
lies 101 miles (163 km) northwest of London, 19 miles (31 km) east of Birmingham
Birmingham
and 17 miles (27 km) north northeast of the county town of Warwick. Bedworth
Bedworth
has six main suburban districts, namely Collycroft, Mount Pleasant, Bedworth
Bedworth
Heath, Coalpit Field, Goodyers End and Exhall. Exhall
Exhall
is a generic name for the area surrounding junction 3 of the M6 motorway, comprising parts of both Bedworth
Bedworth
and Coventry. Much of what is now considered Exhall
Exhall
within south Bedworth
Bedworth
is also referred to as Hayes Green by locals and on older maps of the area. The River Sowe
River Sowe
rises in Bedworth
Bedworth
flowing through Exhall, northern and eastern Coventry, Baginton
Baginton
and Stoneleigh, before joining the River Avon south of Stoneleigh.[3][4][5] History[edit] Originally a small market town with Saxon origins,[6] 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.[7][8] The opening of the Coventry Canal in 1769 and later, the railway in 1850 enhanced the town's growth.[7] Bedworth
Bedworth
was for many years primarily a coal mining town, but the last colliery was closed in 1994.[8] 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 as Coventry, Birmingham
Birmingham
and Leicester, Bedworth
Bedworth
is now growing rapidly as a dormitory town. From 1894 Bedworth
Bedworth
was a civil parish within the Foleshill
Foleshill
Rural District. In 1928 Bedworth
Bedworth
was incorporated as an urban district in its own right.[9] In 1974 the Bedworth
Bedworth
Urban District was merged with the borough of Nuneaton
Nuneaton
to create the borough of Nuneaton
Nuneaton
and Bedworth. Features[edit]

Nicholas Chamberlaine Almshouses

The most notable buildings in Bedworth
Bedworth
are the Nicholas Chamberlaine Almshouses
Almshouses
on All Saints' Square in the town centre, which are built in Tudor style and date from 1840,[6] having been funded by a legacy from the local benefactor Nicholas Chamberlaine (1632–1715) through his will. The main venue in Bedworth
Bedworth
is the Bedworth
Bedworth
Civic Hall which has an attached arts centre. The Bedworth
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,[10] 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, Coventry
Coventry
Canal, Bedworth
Bedworth
Hill Bridge. The Act of Parliament for construction of the Coventry
Coventry
Canal under James Brindley was passed in 1768, and runs via Nuneaton
Nuneaton
and Atherstone
Atherstone
to Fradley Junction near Lichfield. Completed in 1789.

Former topshops. They were a common feature in Bedworth
Bedworth
and 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 maximum daylight.

Along Mill Street until recently were rows of former weavers' cottages which were once inhabited by Huguenot
Huguenot
weavers.[6] 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 & General has offices in the town centre and provides substantial employment for the community. Several years ago Bedworth
Bedworth
Kwik Save
Kwik Save
(a 1960s steel re-enforced concrete building with drive-on roof parking, known locally as the Hypermarket – the original name), was redeveloped into a new Aldi store. Located next to it is a Home Bargains
Home Bargains
store. Bedworth's Tesco which was a similar type of building to Kwik Save, but in a brick faced and arched windowed 1970s style, closed in January 2011[11] and was redeveloped into a steel framed Tesco
Tesco
Xtra store. Parking is at ground level, the store is on the first floor, with delivery access up a ramp to the first floor. It opened on 5 December 2011. Bedworth
Bedworth
has many pubs and working men's clubs. These include, but are not limited to: the Bear and Ragged Staff (a Wetherspoon
Wetherspoon
pub), the White Horse, the Miners Arms, the Mount Pleasant, the Black Horse, the Black Bank, Saunders Hall, Collycroft Working Men's Club, Bedworth Liberal Club, Bedworth
Bedworth
Conservative Club, the Griffin Inn, the Newdigate Arms, the Cross Keys, the Collycroft Goose (now closed), the Royal Oak, the Prince of Wales, JB's and Littleworks (reopened as Jack's Entertainment Club). Although, the White Swan, the British Queen, the Navigation, the Cricketers Arms, the Woolpack, the Corner Pin (demolished vacant site), the Lord Raglan – Exhall
Exhall
(since demolished as of late 2012 to become a Co-Op), the Orchard (converted to a Sainsbury's Local store)[12] and others have closed, in line with national trends. Bedworth
Bedworth
also has a skate park built in the Miners' Welfare Park in 2001 after campaigning by local youngsters. Previous to this, most youngsters would skate in the town centre, or in the market area, much to the annoyance of residents and the local police. A new play area, located on the site of the previous aviary and paddling pool near the cricket ground within the park, was dedicated in June 2012 to Sergeant Simon 'Val' Valentine. He was born and brought up in Bedworth, a soldier of 2nd Btn Royal Regiment of Fusiliers who lost his life in August 2009 while serving his country in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.[13] The town centre was closed and thousands of townspeople paid their respects at Sergeant Valentine's funeral in 2009.[14] Religion[edit] Church of England[edit] The town centre is dominated by All Saints' Parish Church (Church of England), which was rebuilt in the late 19th century of Runcorn
Runcorn
stone in the Decorated style. The church has a square bell tower from the original church thought to date from 1450 which houses the town clock (1817), and a peal of eight bells, which are rung for morning services and for special occasions. The church has several fine stained glass windows; 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. Roman Catholic[edit] 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 redevelopment 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[edit] There are also, Bedworth
Bedworth
Methodist Church, and the United Reformed Church in Mill Street in the town centre, Bedworth
Bedworth
Baptist Church on Coventry
Coventry
Road near the football ground as well as Life Church on Bulkington
Bulkington
Road. A Kingdom Hall
Kingdom Hall
of Jehovah's Witnesses
Jehovah's Witnesses
is in Deronda Close, behind The Newdigate Arms. 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 links.)

All Saints' Church of England
England
Parish Church, Bedworth
Bedworth
adjacent to the main shopping area.

St Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, Bedworth.

United Reformed Church, Bedworth.

Sport and leisure[edit]

The Oval Football Ground, home of Bedworth
Bedworth
United.

Bedworth
Bedworth
has a non-League football team Bedworth United F.C.
Bedworth United F.C.
who play at the Oval Ground. Armistice Day[edit] Every year Armistice Day
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 commemorative music. 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. The flypasts were 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 the Second World War .[15][16][17] Bedworth
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,[18] but his work over the previous 25 years not only kept Bedworth's tradition - unique in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
- alive, but also lent significant weight to the campaign to move Remembrance Day back to 11 November. Transport[edit]

Bedworth
Bedworth
railway station

The bridge for the M6, Exhall

Road[edit] Bedworth
Bedworth
has good transport links being situated immediately north of the M6 motorway
M6 motorway
at junction 3, with access via several slip roads onto the A444 dual carriageway bypass. The A444 also provides fast access to the Ricoh Arena
Ricoh Arena
and shopping centre and Coventry
Coventry
city centre. Rail[edit] Bedworth
Bedworth
is also served by the Coventry
Coventry
to Nuneaton
Nuneaton
railway line. The current Bedworth railway station
Bedworth railway station
was opened in 1988 after the original station was closed in the 1960s as part of the Beeching Axe. Buses[edit] Bus services to the city centre of Coventry
Coventry
are operated competitively by Stagecoach in Warwickshire
Warwickshire
and National Express Coventry. Stagecoach also provides direct services to Nuneaton, Bulkington, Keresley, Atherstone, Hinckley
Hinckley
& Leicester
Leicester
and a direct service to the University Hospital in Walsgrave, Coventry
Coventry
is provided by Travel de Courcey. Waterways[edit] The Coventry
Coventry
Canal also runs through the town. Schools[edit] Main article: List of schools in Warwickshire

Nicholas Chamberlaine School

Nicholas Chamberlaine School

Media[edit] Radio[edit] The local radio stations are:

BBC Coventry
Coventry
& Warwickshire: 94.8FM Fosse 107: 107.9FM Free Radio Coventry
Coventry
and Warwickshire
Warwickshire
(formally known as Mercia Sound and Mercia FM): 97.0FM Anker Radio – which serves the nearby George Eliot
George Eliot
Hospital, but can be heard on 1386AM. BBC Radio Leicester
Leicester
can be received in the town on 104.9FM.

Written media[edit] The main local newspapers are:

The Nuneaton
Nuneaton
News (originally known as the Evening News upon launch and then the Heartland Evening News): Serving the whole of north Warwickshire
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
Nuneaton
Evening Tribune (1957)): It is owned by Trinity Mirror's Coventry
Coventry
Newspapers (publisher of the Coventry Telegraph). Covering 'northern Warwickshire' (particularly Bedworth, Atherstone
Atherstone
& Nuneaton), the free paper is available weekly to collect at many newsagents in the area on a Thursday or Friday. In September 2015 The Tribune ceased publication. The last edition was published on Thursday 24 September.[19] The Nuneaton
Nuneaton
Telegraph; a localised sub-edition of the Coventry Telegraph, it was launched in 1992 (when the aforementioned Tribune switched from daily to weekly production).

Television news[edit] The Nuneaton
Nuneaton
area is covered on regional TV News by:

BBC (West) Midlands Today ITV News Central

Notable people[edit]

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Nona Bellairs (1824-1897), writer and philanthropist Pete Doherty, former Libertines front-man, attended Nicholas Chamberlaine School. George Eliot
George Eliot
(Mary Anne Evans) lived at "Griff House" north of Bedworth
Bedworth
and south of Nuneaton
Nuneaton
between 1819 and 1841.[6] "Griff House" still stands today as a Premier Travel Inn. Lee Hurst, a Coventry
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 famous Coventry City footballers. Conrad Keely
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 Olympics, winner of the Hickstead Derby
Hickstead Derby
and European showjumping championships.

References[edit]

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Bedworth
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Nuneaton
News. Archived from the original on 28 October 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2017.  ^ "Play area to be dedicated to local hero in Bedworth
Bedworth
Central - ITV News". Itv.com. 16 June 2012. Archived from the original on 9 December 2016. Retrieved 29 January 2017.  ^ "Thousands line streets for murdered soldier". Birmingham
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External links[edit]

Nuneatonhistory.com – Townscapes of Bedworth
Bedworth
& Collycroft The Bedworth
Bedworth
Society Nuneaton and Bedworth
Nuneaton and Bedworth
Borough council The Civic Hall, Bedworth Nicholas Chamberlaine Trusts

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Ceremonial county of Warwickshire

Boroughs or districts

Borough of North Warwickshire Borough of Nuneaton
Nuneaton
and Bedworth Borough of Rugby District of Stratford-on-Avon District of Warwick

Major settlements

Alcester Atherstone Bedworth Coleshill Henley-in-Arden Kenilworth Nuneaton Royal Leamington Spa Rugby Shipston-on-Stour Southam Stratford-upon-Avon Warwick Whitnash See also: List of civil parishes in Warwickshire

Rivers

Alne Anker Arrow Avon Blythe Cole Dene Itchen Leam Rea Sherbourne Sowe Stour Tame

Canals

Coventry Grand Union Oxford Stratford-upon-Avon Warwickshire
Warwickshire
ring

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