Baxterley

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Baxterley
Baxterley Village Pub - geograph.org.uk - 7830.jpg
The Rose Inn
Baxterley is located in Warwickshire
Baxterley
Baxterley
 Baxterley shown within Warwickshire
Population 335 (2001)
OS grid reference SP96993
Civil parish Baxterley
District North Warwickshire
Shire county Warwickshire
Region West Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Atherstone
Postcode district CV9
Dialling code 01827
Police Warwickshire
Fire Warwickshire
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament North Warwickshire
List of places
UK
England
Warwickshire

Coordinates: 52°34′12″N 1°35′28″W / 52.570°N 1.591°W / 52.570; -1.591

Baxterley is a village and civil parish in the North Warwickshire district of Warwickshire in England. According to the 2001 census, it had a population of 335. The village is about two miles west of Atherstone.

History[edit]

Baxterley has been in existence since Saxon times but is not mentioned in the Domesday Book. Baxterley Hall was built by John Glover in 1548, and demolished in 1849. It is thought that the original village site was built up around the church, quite some distance away from the current village and was mainly a centre for agricultural dwellings and working. The opening of the mine resulted in a gradual migration of the labour force some 2 miles or so down the road, so that nowadays there are just a few isolated cottages and houses close to the church and the majority of the village has effectively relocated to its present position.

Mining[edit]

Baddesley and Baxterley Pit was the major employer in the area, from its opening in 1850, to its closure in 1989. It was the site of one of the worst pit disasters in the Midlands, where a coal dust explosion in 1882 lead to the deaths of 32 men, including the owner, William Dugdale of Merevale Hall. There is a memorial to those who lost their lives in the pit in the nave of the church.[1] the mine closed in 1989 and remained derelict for many years until the remaining pit buildings on the Main Road were refurbished and converted into offices.[2]

Demographics[edit]

According to the 2001 census the parish has a population of 395.[3]

Crime[edit]

In 2009 there was an average of 2.2 crimes per 1,000 people for the ward of Baddesley and Grendon, and during the same period there were 5 crimes per head for the borough of North Warwickshire. In 2010 the figure was up to 3.3 crimes per head. The most common type of crime is anti-social behaviour.[4]

Health[edit]

The village lies in the North Warwickshire NHS trust area. The village does not have its own doctor's surgery or pharmacy The nearest GP's surgeries can be found in Baddesley Ensor and Hurley. 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.

Religion[edit]

For the Ward of Baddesley and Grendon 82% Describe themselves as Christian and 18% describe themselves as non-religious with less than 1% of people describing themselves as other.[5]

Baxterley Church[edit]

Baxterley Church, a church in the Polesworth Deanery of the Diocese of Birmingham, it is about 1.7 miles from the village and the nearest village to it is Wood End. It is part of the Kingsbury and Baxterley Group of churches.[6]

Education[edit]

There has never been any educational establishment in the village so most primary school students attend Wood End Primary School and high school students attend school in Atherstone.

Governance[edit]

The village is a Civil Parish in its own Right.

The village was originally part of the Atherstone Rural District. In 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972 it became part of the newly formed district of North Warwickshire. Inside North Warwickshire it is part of the Baddesley Ensor and Grendon ward, both councilors are currently Labour.

It is part of the North Warwickshire constituency and the current MP is Conservative Dan Byles.

Recreation[edit]

There is a Public House known as the Rose Inn. Outside the front of The Rose and next to the village pond is half of the original winding wheel from the mine, mounted on a plinth. The nearest Leisure centre is in Atherstone.

Public Services[edit]

The village does not have any takeaways or restaurants, with the nearest one being in Atherstone. Water and sewage services are provided by Severn Trent Water. The Postal Town is Atherstone. The nearest police and fire stations are in Atherstone.[7]

Transport[edit]

Baxterley lies close to the A5 near Atherstone.

The village has 2 bus stops along Main road served by route 777, and the nearest railway station is Atherstone.

The nearest airport is Birmingham (15 miles).

Baxterley Airfield[edit]

Baxterley airfield is a small grass-strip airfield with a single runway located next to the village. It hosts several air shows throughout the year.[8]

Media[edit]

The local newspaper covering the area is the Atherstone Recorder.

Local radio includes BBC Coventry & Warwickshire, Mercia and Touch FM.

The village is covered by the Central ITV and BBC West Midlands TV regions.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.baddesleypitexplosion.co.uk/index.html
  2. ^ Mine Info
  3. ^ Baddesley and Grendon (Ward) ONS
  4. ^ Crime Statistics For Baxterley
  5. ^ Religious Beliefs
  6. ^ http://www.kingbaxgroup.org.uk
  7. ^ Warwickshire Police Stations
  8. ^ Baxterley Airfield

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