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26 Facts About Nuneaton
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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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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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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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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