26 Facts About Nuneaton


Nuneaton is a market town in the Borough of Nuneaton and Bedworth in northern Warwickshire, England, close to the county border with Leicestershire and West Midlands County.

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Nuneaton obtained a market charter in around 1160 from Henry II which was reconfirmed in 1226, causing Nuneaton to develop into a market town and become the economic focal point of the local villages.

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In 1543, Nuneaton was recorded as containing 169 houses, with a population of around 800, by 1670 this had grown to 415 households, with a population of 1,867, by 1740 this had risen further to 2,480.

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Nuneaton developed a system of private canals on his land on the Arbury Estate from 1764 to transport coal and helped promote the Coventry Canal, which opened from Coventry to Nuneaton in 1769, before being finally completed to Staffordshire in 1790.

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The industry declined rapidly in the 1950s and 1960s, with the last coal mine in Nuneaton closing in 1968, although Newdigate colliery at Bedworth lasted until 1982.

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Nuneaton underwent a period of rapid growth from the 1880s onwards with the rapid development of an array of industries.

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At the time of the first national census in 1801 Nuneaton was one of the largest towns in Warwickshire, with a population of 5,135.

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The old parish of Nuneaton included the settlements of Attleborough and Stockingford.

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Nuneaton was upgraded to the status of a municipal borough in 1907, to which the parishes of Weddington and part of Caldecote were added in 1931.

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In 1974, the Municipal Borough of Nuneaton was merged with Bedworth Urban District to create the Borough of Nuneaton and Bedworth.

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Nuneaton suffered heavy bombing damage during The Blitz in the Second World War between 1940 and 1942.

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The heaviest bombing raid on Nuneaton took place on 17 May 1941, when 130 people were killed, 380 houses were destroyed, and over 10,000 damaged.

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Towns close to Nuneaton include Bedworth, Atherstone and Hinckley, with Tamworth, Rugby, Coleshill and Lutterworth a little further afield.

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Nuneaton is part of the constituency of the same name in the House of Commons.

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From 1935 to 1983, Nuneaton was a safe Labour seat, but it has become more marginal.

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Nuneaton is an unparished area and so there is no tier of administration below the Borough council.

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Nuneaton is the location of several international online marketing companies.

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Nuneaton's name reflects the effect that Christianity has had upon the town's history.

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The Parish of St Anne's, Chapel End, Nuneaton was created in 1949 out of the Parish of Our Lady of the Angels.

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The main Nuneaton railway station, located near the town centre, is an important railway junction and is served by the West Coast Main Line running from London to the North West, the cross-country Birmingham to Peterborough Line and by a line to Coventry via Bedworth.

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Historically, Nuneaton was served by Chilvers Coton station, Abbey Street station and Stockingford station.

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Principal operator around Nuneaton is Stagecoach in Warwickshire and the depot is located next to the fire station on Newtown Road, just west from the bus station.

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Nuneaton has a museum and art gallery in the grounds of Riversley Park adjacent to the town centre.

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Nuneaton annually enters the Britain in Bloom competition and in 2000, Nuneaton and Bedworth was a national finalist.

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Public art in Nuneaton includes a statue of George Eliot on Newdegate Square, and the Gold Belt.

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Major local landmark in Nuneaton, which can be seen for many miles is Mount Judd which is a conical shaped former spoil heap, 158 metres high made from spoil from the former Judkins Quarry.

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