The Holly Bush, Hurley
Hurley shown within Warwickshire
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Hurley is a village in Warwickshire, England. It is located in the North Warwickshire district of the county, close to the village of Kingsbury and is part of the civil parish of its neighbour. Other nearby places include Wood End, Hurley Common, Coleshill, Water Orton, Curdworth, Atherstone and Tamworth.
Hurley became a village in 1861 with the opening of the Church of the Resurrection.
There were a number of mines in the Hurley area, including Dexter Colliery which opened in 1926. Some of the social housing in the village was built to accommodate workers at the mines. During the early half of the 20th century the majority of people who lived in the village worked in nearby collieries, including Dexter Colliery and Kingsbury Colliery. Both closed during the late 1960s.
According to the 2001 Census the population of the Hurley and Wood End ward was 3,642. Over 99.5% of people (3,550) described themselves as White British with only 89 people from other ethnic groups. The most common distance travelled to work is 5–10 kilometres (3.1–6.2 mi), which is essentially to Tamworth, with the most common form of employment being manufacturing. The village has an almost exact 50:50 split of males and females, with a ratio of 1,822 to 1,820 respectively.
The village is part of the Kingsbury civil parish.
The village was part of the Tamworth Rural District from its creation in 1894, until 1965 when it became part of the Atherstone Rural District. In 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972 Hurley became part of the newly formed district of North Warwickshire. Inside North Warwickshire it is part of the Hurley and Wood End Ward, and because of the mining connection the village often elects Labour councillors.
In 2009 there was an average of 3.6 crimes per 1,000 people for the ward of Hurley and Wood End, and during the same period there were 5 crimes per head for the borough of North Warwickshire. In 2010 the figure was down to 3 crimes per head. The most common type of crime is anti-social behaviour.
There is a small primary school, Hurley Primary School, for children up to the age of 11. The village does not have its own secondary school, so most students attend Kingsbury School in Kingsbury. In terms of further education the area is served by North Warwickshire and Hinckley College at Nuneaton. There is also Tamworth and Lichfield College.
Water and sewage services are provided by Severn Trent Water.
The nearest police and fire stations are in Atherstone.
The village church, the Church of the Resurrection, a wooden 'missionary' church, is part of the Kingsbury and Baxterley Group of Churches, and are Church of England churches. Hurley also falls into the Roman Catholic Parish of St. John The Baptist, with the main collegiate church being St. John's Presbytery in Tamworth.
Hurley is served by a small village store and Post Office on Brick Kiln Lane. There is an Indian takeaway on Knowle Hill. The village also has 2 public houses called the Holly Bush Inn & The Anchor Inn on Hurley Common.
The headquarters of the construction and maintenance firm Promanex Group are located just outside Hurley.
The village lies in the North Warwickshire NHS trust area. The village has a small GP's office on Knowle Hill witch is part of a larger practice in Kingsbury. The George Eliot Hospital at Nuneaton is the area's local hospital. It has an Accident and Emergency Department. Out of hours GP services are also based at George Eliot. There is also Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield.
Local facilities include a village hall, and a small playing field and play area on Brick Kiln Lane. The nearest leisure facilities are based in Kingsbury at the village's school. A little further afield is the Snowdome in Tamworth.
Hurley lies close to the M42 at junction 10.
The village has seven bus stops and is served by routes 766, 767, 115, 118 and 119, linking it to Atherstone,Kingsbury,and Tamworth.There is a Market bus to Atherstone on a Tuesday.
The nearest railway station is Wilnecote railway station.
The nearest airport is Birmingham.
The local newspaper covering the area is the Tamworth Herald, which has a separate edition for North Warwickshire.
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