Within every crown there is a jewel that shines brighter than all the others, it stands out from all those around it and is what everyone remembers. Warwickshire has many towns that could be considered stand out, whether it is:
- The hell-hole that is Nuneaton
- The car parking nightmare of Leamington Spa
- Stratford-upon- “nobody from here will ever make it big”-Avon
So by a process of elimination I’d go for Warwick, or Rugby (as one of the only places to give it’s name to a sport). Sitting around the side of the crown is one of the lesser jewels, a town nestled betwixt the mighty concrete of Coventry and the land of nom de plus authors.
The mighty town of Bedworth.
As a born and bred Bedworthian, in fact it’s only in the last few years that I have moved away from the town I called home for nearly 30 years. It still feels weird going back to where I call ‘home’ every week, as though I am skulking back in and trying not to be caught as if I’m having an affair with another metrolpolitan area.
What is there to like about Bedworth? For many who have left there is a desire never to return, the bright lights of bigger cities making the town seem old and quiet…which it is. Yet there are many memories and things I like about Bed’uth (the correct pronunciation):
- The schools are named after old rectors of the town, gives a sense of history that may be missing in other towns.
- The Water Tower, a great big Victorian brick building that you can see for miles around. It is a fantastic landmark.
- The Almshouses, as with the Water Tower it is a Victorian landmark that gives the town a central focal point.
- The Bun Day tradition, each year the children of the junior schools attend a service in the Almshouses where they receive a hot cross bun afterwards. This is all done following the instructions of Nicholas Chamberlaine, a rector of the town who left sums of money to build schools and the Almshouses in the town.
- There are loads of pubs for such a small town, or should I say were. Woolpack RIP.
- Terry Aucott sausages, award-winning bangers…he was even on Blue Peter.
- The Miners Welfare park, people not from Bedworth cannot believe we have such a good park on our doorstep.
- The slough, a hidden away nature reserve by the A444.
- The varied churches we have in the town, as we were 5 miles from Coventry the town was the first place non-conformist churches could be built. Off the top of my head we have Church of England, Methodist (1 church and a few chapels), Baptist, Catholic, United Reform, Weslyan Reform, Spiritualist, Zion Baptist.
- Every year we have a Remembrance Service and parade on November 11th, one of the few places to have done so every year.
- Stubbs toyshop, and the Santa every year – which is now closed and turned into a Wetherspoons.