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Grendon
  • Old Grendon
Grendon, Warwickshire, All Saints Church.jpg
All Saints Church in Grendon
OS grid referenceSP2799
• London99 mi (159 km) SE
Civil parish
  • Grendon
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townAtherstone
Postcode districtCV9
Dialling code01827
PoliceWarwickshire
FireWarwickshire
AmbulanceWest Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
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Warwickshire

Grendon is a civil parish which includes both Old Grendon and New Grendon in North Warwickshire, England.[1] Population details can be found under Baddesley Ensor.

Governance[edit]

When the New Grendon was built in the 1950s it was part of the Atherstone Rural District. In 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972 the Atherstone Rural District became part of the newly formed district of North Warwickshire. Inside North Warwickshire Grendon is part of the Baddesley and Grendon Ward and is represented by Andy Wright and Bernadette Davies who are both Conservative As the ward is an old mining community it was considered a Labour safe seat until 2012 when Conservatives gained power throughout North Warwickshire. Grendon is covered by the Baddesley Ensor Ward in Warwickshire County Council and is also represented by Andy Wright (CON) and Bernadette Davies (CON).

It is part of the North Warwickshire constituency and was part of the West Midlands European Parliament constituency which was represented by 6 MEPs.

Media[edit]

The local newspapers covering the area are the Tamworth Herald, which has a separate edition for North Warwickshire and the Atherstone Recorder.

The local BBC radio station covering the area is BBC Coventry & Warwickshire. Local commercial stations in the area include Free Coventry & Warwickshire and Capital Mid-Counties.

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

Old Grendon[edit]

Entrance to Ice House
Domed ceiling of Ice House

Old Grendon (sometimes Grendon; 52°35′30″N 1°35′49″W / 52.59171°N 1.59697°W / 52.59171; -1.59697) is a village situated three miles (5 km) west of Atherstone and five miles (8 km) east of Tamworth. It lies on the north-western tip of Warwickshire, divided from Leicestershire by a small stream and by the River Anker. Also, Grendon has since enlarged and is currently at a population of circa 1000.

History[edit]

Grendon is mentioned in the Domesday Book:

"Henry de Ferrers holds Catmore and five and a half hides in Grendon and Turstin holds on him. There is land for 16 ploughs. There are 24 villans and sixteen bordars with eight ploughs. There is a mill rendering 5 shillings and 36 acres (150,000 m2) of meadow, woodland - one and a half leagues long and one league broad. It was and is worth 40 shillings. Siward Barn held it."[2]

Parts of All Saints Church date back to the 12th century, but the tower is a much later addition from 1845. The churchyard has several graves dating back to the 17th century and possibly older, but due to corrosion on some of the graves this is difficult to verify.

Seven men from Grendon were among the 32 killed in the 1882 explosion at Baddesley Pit. Some of these men are buried in the graveyard of All Saints Church in Old Grendon.

Grendon Hall was demolished in 1933. However, there are several structures of age which remain, most notably the bridge over the River Anker, which in its current form dates back to 1633. The old servants' quarters is now a residential property and several old barns and stable buildings have also been converted into residential properties.

Farm lane[edit]

It is rumoured that the houses located on Farm Lane, originally to house farmworkers of Grendon Farm, were built on foundations created from the rubble produced in the demolition of Grendon Hall.

In the woods off Farm Lane can be found a well-preserved underground ice house, which would have been used as a place to store ice (probably dragged from the nearby River Anker during the winter months) to serve the manor house's rudimentary refrigeration needs. This structure is of red brick, with a domed ceiling and is covered by a thin layer of earth. Ice would have been insulated with straw and if the ice was in large enough quantity it would have kept until the following winter.

There are several other mounds of brick and earth in these woods suggesting other structures once existed as well.

New Grendon[edit]

Grendon
The Boot Inn - geograph.org.uk - 7828.jpg
The Boot inn in Grendon
Grendon is located in Warwickshire
Grendon
Grendon
Location within Warwickshire
OS grid referenceSP2799
Civil parish
  • Grendon
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townAtherstone
Postcode districtCV9
Dialling code01827
PoliceWarwickshire
FireWarwickshire
AmbulanceWest Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Warwickshire
52°35′28″N 1°35′46″W / 52.591°N 1.596°W / 52.591; -1.596Coordinates: 52°35′28″N 1°35′46″W / 52.591°N 1.596°W / 52.591; -1.596

New Grendon (or, sometimes, Grendon) is located 2 miles from Atherstone and 3 miles from Tamworth, centred on the A5 (Watling Street). The village has post office, 2 public house's (now closed as of 2019), a Working Mans Club and a newsagents. Population details are included in Baddesley Ensor.

Grendon was spawned from the mine that once existed in Baxterley, Grendon was originally a small hamlet called Suckle green and construction of Grendon didn't start fully until the 1950s. Grendon was named after the older village of Grendon about a mile away. The mine at Baxterley that Grendon was built to serve closed in 1989.

The two former pubs in Grendon, The Black Swan (aka The Mucky Duck) and The Boot Inn have both now closed their doors. The Black Swan closed in 2010 and is now Costa Coffee Drive Thru

The Boot closed its doors for the final time in March 2017 and is currently being redeveloped in to a Co-op convenience store run by Central England Co-operative

References[edit]

  1. ^ OS Explorer Map 232 : Nuneaton & Tamworth: (1:25 000) :ISBN 0 319 46404 0
  2. ^ Domesday Book: A Complete Transliteration. London: Penguin, 2003. ISBN 0-14-143994-7 p.663

Bibliography[edit]

External links[edit]

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