Griff House

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Griff House is the childhood home of George Eliot, on the road to Coventry, south of Nuneaton, where Eliot (as Mary Ann Evans) lived from the age of 1 to 21.[1]

The building, off the Griff Roundabout on the A444 is now the Griff House Beefeater & Nuneaton Premier Travel Inn on Coventry Road, Nuneaton (CV10 7PJ).[2] The Griff Farm buildings, which Mary's father Robert Evans farmed, are now divided by a wall from Griff House. The George Eliot Fellowship in August 2013 made representation to preserve some of the outbuildings.[3][4]

The house was also once home to the cartographer and Fellow of the Royal Society Henry Beighton best known for his map of Warwickshire (1727/8).[5]


  1. ^ Tim Dolin George Eliot (Authors in Context) 2005 Page 7 0191517895 "The rich Midlands countryside around Griff was vitally important to the development of George Eliot's imagination."
  2. ^ "The Griff House Beefeater & Nuneaton Premier Travel Inn - Where to Eat and Drink". Visit Northern Warwickshire. Retrieved 2017-01-21.
  3. ^ Burton, John (2013-08-04). "The George Eliot Fellowship". Retrieved 2017-01-21.
  4. ^ Coventry Telegraph: 27 June 2012 Call to save buildings linked to George Eliot's former home
  5. ^ Alan F. Cook, ‘Beighton, Henry (1686/7–1743)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, May 2009 accessed 5 April 2016

Coordinates: 52°29′47″N 1°28′25″W / 52.49641°N 1.47366°W / 52.49641; -1.47366