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Nuneaton, Warwickshire

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Nuneaton, Warwickshire

Nuneaton is the largest town in the Borough of Nuneaton and Bedworth and in the English county of Warwickshire. The population of Nuneaton's eleven wards in 2011 was 81,877. Nuneaton is most famous for its associations with the 19th century author George Eliot, who was born on a farm on the Arbury Estate just outside Nuneaton in 1819 and lived in the town for much of her early life. In her novel Scenes of Clerical Life (1858), "Milby" is the thinly disguised market town of Nuneaton.
DistrictNuneaton and Bedworth
Post townNUNEATON
Administrative CountyWarwickshire
Traditional CountyWarwickshire
OS GridSP3691
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionWest Midlands
CountryEngland
Police AuthorityWarwickshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityWarwickshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityWarwickshire
Ambulance AuthorityWest Midlands
Dialling code024
Population70,721 (2001)
 

Other names by which Nuneaton, Warwickshire has been known in the past

Eaton ~ Non Eaton ~ Nun Eaton ~ Etone

Nuneaton, Warwickshire in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Nuneaton, market town and par. with ry. sta., Warwickshire, on Coventry Canal, 9 miles N. of Coventry, 19½ miles SW. of Leicester, and 97 miles NW. of London, 6112 ac., pop. 8465; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks, 3 newspapers. Market-day, Saturday. Nuneaton is said to have derived its name from a nunnery founded about the middle of the 12th century, portions of which still remain. Ribbons were formerly a staple mfr. here, but the trade has declined, and a large industry now exists in the preparation of woven worsted goods. There are also factories for cotton, elastic, &C., while wool and skin dressing, iron working, edge-tool making, and malting are active industries; and brick fields, coal mines, and ironstone mines are in the neighbourhood. Nuneaton has an endowed grammar school founded in the time of Edward VI., and an endowed free school founded in 1712.

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