North Warwickshire

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Borough of North Warwickshire
Atherstone, the administrative centre of the borough and one of the two towns
Atherstone, the administrative centre of the borough and one of the two towns
Shown within Warwickshire
Shown within Warwickshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionWest Midlands
Administrative countyWarwickshire
Admin. HQAtherstone
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district
 • Leadership:Alternative - Section 31
 • MPs:Craig Tracey
Marcus Jones
 • LeaderDavid Humphreys
 • ExecutiveConservative
 • Total109.8 sq mi (284.3 km2)
 • Rank137th
 (2011 census)
 • Total62,014[1]
 • RankRanked 297th
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code44UB (ONS)
E07000218 (GSS)
Ethnicity97.8% White (95.9% White British)
1.1% Asian
0.7% Mixed
0.2% Black
0.1% Other [2]
Coleshill, the second town of the borough

North Warwickshire is a local government district with borough status in the ceremonial county of Warwickshire, West Midlands, England. Outlying settlements in the borough include the two towns of Atherstone (where the council is based) and Coleshill. Notable villages in the borough include Dordon, Polesworth, Kingsbury, Water Orton and Shustoke.

The North Warwickshire district was created on 1 April 1974 by a merger of the Atherstone Rural District and parts of the Meriden Rural District (the rest of which was merged into the West Midlands county).[3]

North Warwickshire is a mostly rural area with several small market towns and a number of former mining villages. The area historically had a large coal mining industry, but this has now all died out. The last coal mine in the area, Daw Mill at Arley, closed in 2013.[4] The district is relatively remote from the rest of Warwickshire, as the county is almost split in two by the West Midlands Boroughs of Solihull and Coventry.

The borough borders the neighboring Warwickshire district of Nuneaton and Bedworth to the south-south-east, Staffordshire to the west and northwest, Leicestershire to the north and northeast, the cities of Birmingham and Coventry to the southwest and southeast.

The borough's landscape is primarily of the mildly undulating agricultural variety, with the North Warwickshire plateau rising to 177 m (581 ft) above sea-level at Bentley Common, 2.5 miles southwest of Atherstone. The most significant bodies of water within North Warwickshire are Kingsbury Water Park, Shustoke Reservoir, the River Blythe and the mid-section of the Coventry Canal.

The boundaries of North Warwickshire are similar to those of the North Warwickshire parliamentary constituency. However the constituency also includes the town of Bedworth, but does not include the villages of Hartshill and Arley. The local MP is Craig Tracey.

In 2007 the Conservatives took overall control of the Borough Council for the first time since the creation of the council within its current boundaries. The Council was retaken by Labour in 2011, then returned to Conservative control in 2015.

Parishes and settlements[edit]

Settlements in North Warwickshire include:

For a list of wards in North Warwickshire by population see here

Local election results 1973-2020[edit]

Current composition of the council as of November 2020.

As of November 2020, the party composition was as follows:[5]

Party Number of councillors
Conservative 20
Labour and Co-operative Party 14
Independent 1
The main offices of North Warwickshire Borough Council in Atherstone

Historically, local election results have fallen like this:[citation needed]

Election year Conservative Labour Liberal Democrats Ratepayers Independent Note
2019 21 14 0 0 0
2015 22 13 0 0 0
2011 17 18 0 0 0
2007 21 14 0 0 0
2003 15 16 4 0 0 Boundary Changes in effect
1999 9 22 2 0 1
1995 4 29 0 0 1
1973 8 19 0 2 4


The Borough is a very marginal seat between the Conservatives and Labour. Within the Borough, Polesworth East, Dordon, and Wood End are considered Labour safe seats, and Fillongley, Water Orton, Newton Regis and Curdworth are considered safe Conservative seats.[who?]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Release Edition Reference Tables. (17 December 2012). Retrieved on 17 July 2013.
  2. ^[bare URL spreadsheet file]
  3. ^ "Warwickshire Civic Heraldry". Civic heraldry. Retrieved 19 August 2021.
  4. ^ "Daw Mill: Hundreds of jobs go at fire-hit mine". BBC News. 7 March 2013. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  5. ^ Councillors by political party, North Warwickshire Borough Council. Retrieved 27 September 2020.

Coordinates: 52°34′34″N 1°32′43″W / 52.5760°N 1.5454°W / 52.5760; -1.5454