Tuesday, 16 November 2021

Warwickshire Places (18) : Bedworth

Bedworth is a market town in the North of Warwickshire. Bedworth has Saxon origins and was listed in the Domesday Book as Bedeword. Bedworth was a small settlement until the early-modern period, local coal mines helping spark a boom in the town. In 1939 Bedworth had twenty coal mines but the last closed in 1991. Bedworth also grew due to ribbon weaving and textile manufacturers moving from Coventry. 

Both industries have now gone and Bedworth inhabitants mostly work elsewhere especially in nearby Coventry and Nuneaton. The parish church of All Saints has 14th century origins though was rebuilt by the Victorians.

The Coventry Canal, which flows through the town, opened in 1789. The railway arrived in Bedworth in 1850.