Nuneaton News So, exactly where is Exhall, is it Coventry or Bedworth?
LYING on the border, depending on who you ask, you might be told that Exhall is in one of two places.
Some will say it is definitely in Bedworth whereas others may claim it’s in Coventry. But where exactly is it? Nowadays, Exhall falls under the borough of Nuneaton and Bedworth and the county of Warwickshire and, like Bedworth, it falls under the parliamentary constituency of North Warwickshire, but it hasn’t always been that way.
Once upon a time, Exhall was a parish in the Foleshill district and considered part of Coventry.
In 1928, boundaries were moved around and Exhall was moved to Bedworth.
The remaining 373 acres were then included in Bedworth civil parish and Urban District. Foleshill Union, which comprised Foleshill and ten (later eleven) other parishes, was created in 1836, and later became the area of Foleshill Rural District.
The Rural District was extinguished in 1932.
Parts of Exhall were amalgamated with Foleshill in 1885 whilst with the Coventry Extension Act of 1931 part of it was included in the City and County Borough of Coventry before it was transferred in 1932 to the parish of Bedworth.
Vince Taylor, of the Bedworth Society, has explained how Exhall’s location can sometimes be a contentious issue.
He said: “Where the confusion really lies comes by the Bayton Road industrial estate because their address is Coventry.
“This can be rather confusing because Bayton Road is actually Bedworth and it happened with the Olympic Torches because they were made there.
“People kept saying they were made in Coventry and people in Bedworth found that frustrating. “It’s quite confusing.” Although it’s a confusing issue, Mr Taylor says that at the end of the day it doesn’t matter too much if people think it’s in Bedworth or Coventry.
He added: “It’s a funny one, Exhall is in Bedworth but most of the time it doesn’t matter.”
For more information on the Bedworth Society, which has a lot of information on the history of Exhall, go to www.bedworth-society.co.uk