Baddesley Ensor

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Baddesley Ensor
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St Nicholas's Church, Baddesley Ensor
Baddesley Ensor is located in Warwickshire
Baddesley Ensor
Baddesley Ensor
 Baddesley Ensor shown within Warwickshire
Population 1,921 (Census 2001)
OS grid reference SP2798
Shire county Warwickshire
Region West Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Police Warwickshire
Fire Warwickshire
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
List of places
UK
England
Warwickshire

Coordinates: 52°34′N 1°36′W / 52.57°N 01.60°W / 52.57; -01.60

Baddesley Ensor is a village and civil parish in the district of North Warwickshire in Warwickshire, England, about three miles west of Atherstone. It runs into the village of Grendon, which forms a parish itself.

History[edit]

There were mining activities in the area for centuries before the two main shafts, which formed Baddesley Colliery, were sunk in 1850. Although called Baddesley Colliery it was actually just over the border in Baxterley. From then on until 1989 when the pit closed most Baddesley men worked in some capacity at the mine.

The worst disaster at the mine occurred on 2 May 1882. There was a fire followed by an explosion and 23 men lost their lives in attempting to rescue nine nightshift workers trapped by the fire.

A memorial to all the men who worked in the mines, in the form of a pit head winding wheel was erected on the common on the site of the old Maypole pit. Since the closure of the mine the village is now mainly residential.

Landmarks[edit]

Baddesley Ensor is known for its common. There are beautiful views to be seen looking over towards Birmingham and also Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire. Other landmarks are the old wheel used for mining, the old pit and a bomb hole.

Transport[edit]

The A5 (Watling Street) runs near to the village and the M42 is nearby.

The village is served by bus routes 48, 764,[1] and the nearest railway station is Atherstone.[2]

The nearest airports are Birmingham (10 miles) and East Midlands (20 miles).[3]

Media[edit]

Local newspapers are the Tamworth Herald, which has a separate edition for North Warwickshire, and the Atherstone Recorder.

The BBC radio station covering the area is BBC Coventry & Warwickshire. Local commercial stations in the area include Mercia and Touch FM.

The village is covered by the Central ITV and BBC West Midlands TV regions broadcast from the nearby Sutton Coldfield transmitting station.

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