Nuneaton News So, ex­actly where is Ex­hall, is it Coven­try or Bed­worth?

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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

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