St Nicholas's Church, Baddesley Ensor
Baddesley Ensor shown within Warwickshire
|Population||1,921 (Census 2001)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||West Midlands|
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.
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.
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.
Local newspapers are the Tamworth Herald, which has a separate edition for North Warwickshire, and the Atherstone Recorder.
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