Information for record number MWA9171:
Bedworth Cemetery, Coventry Road, Bedworth

Summary A late 19th century cemetery laid out to the design of George Taylor of Coventry.
What Is It?  
Type: Cemetery, Nonconformist Chapel, Cemetery Lodge, Walk, Drive
Period: Modern - Modern (1874 AD - 2050 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Nuneaton and Bedworth
District: Nuneaton and Bedworth, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 35 86
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Registered Park or Garden (Grade: II)
Sites & Monuments Record

Source Number  

4 Bedworth Cemetery is situated 250m south-west of the centre of the town of Bedworth. The 3 heactre site is approximately triangular-shaped, and is bounded to the south-east by Coventry Road, from which its is separated by a late 19th century blue-brick wall which was formerly surmounted by late 19th century railings; these were removed in the mid 20th century but brick supporting piers surmounted by stone copings survive. The principal entrance to the Cemetery is from Coventry Road at a point 130m south of the parish church. The entrance is flanked by blue-brick quadrant walls surmounted by late 20th century low wrought-iron railings, and is marked by late 20th century blue-brick piers which support a pair of late 20th century wrought-iron gates. A substantial late 19th century gabled brick lodge stood to the north-west of the entrance. Designed by George Taylor and built by Charles Hayward, the lodge was demolished in the late 20th century when the police station was constructed and the north-east boundary of the Cemetery realigned slightly to the south-west of its original line. A further entrance from Coventry Road is situated 130m south-west of the principal entrance. A pair of mid 20th century metal gates are supported by two low blue-brick piers surmounted by stone saddle copings. At the north-east corner of the site a pair of 19th century cast-iron gates with spiked rails are supported by late 20th century red-brick piers surmounted by ball finials; the Church Entrance leads directly from the Cemetery to the graveyard associated with the parish church. A late 19th century entrance at the north-west corner of the site giving access on to Church Walk has been blocked, the blue-brick dwarf wall and late 19th century iron railings being continued across the former entrance. Bedworth Cemetery is laid out with a series of curvilinear drives and Walks which enclose approximately triangular- and elliptical-shaped areas of burial ground. A broad promenade parallel to the western boundary of the site, and serpentine walks parallel to the northern boundary and linking the south-east entrance and the Church Entrance to the north-east, connect the curvilinear Walks. A wide tarmac drive leads west from the principal or north-east entrance. To the north the drive is flanked by ornamental shrubbery, while to the south it is bordered by an area of lawns and a geometric flower bed for seasonal planting. The lawn forms the setting for a war memorial in the form of a tall stepped spire ornamented with crocketted finials. One branch of the drive sweeps north-west for 65m, passing to the west of a late 20th century service yard which replaces the late 19th century glasshouses and service areas lost when the police station was built. A late 20th century area for the interment of cremated remains has been developed to the north-east of this drive. The western promenade comprises a wide tarmac Walk flanked by grass verges planted with ornamental shrubs, and an informal avenue of mixed ornamental trees and conifers. To the north-west the promenade is bordered by a late 20th century area for the interment of cremated remains, while to the south-west and south-east of the Walk early 20th century funerary monuments are set on the grass verges. The site of the Nonconformist chapel 100m south-west of the principal or north-east entrance is today a level lawn surrounded to the east, south, and west by mixed evergreen shrubbery. The chapel was designed by George Taylor in 1873 and formed part of the initial scheme for the site; it was constructed in brick rather than iron as initially proposed by Taylor. To the north of the site of the chapel is a group of significant late 19th century monuments, including a black and red granite pedestal enclosed within chains supported on cast-iron bollards commemorating the Smith family (1878), an obelisk in memory of the Bunney family (1883), and the Garrett spire monument (1889).
3 Lovie reported a good 19th century planting, mixed conifer and ornamental deciduous with path system intact. site appears to date from early 1870s and has survived well. war memorial (1921)

Source No: 1
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Register of Parks and Gardens of special historic interest in England
Author/originator: English Heritage
Date: 1994
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Source No: 2
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Warwickshire Register Review Data Tables (North Warwickshire, Nuneaton & Bedworth, Rugby)
Author/originator: Lovie, Jonathan
Date: 1997
Page Number:
Source No: 3
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Warwickshire Register Review Report & Recommendations
Author/originator: Lovie, Jonathan
Date: 1997
Page Number:
Source No: 4
Source Type: Statuatory List
Title: National Heritage List for England
Author/originator: Historic England
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none Registered Park or Garden Parks and gardens that are considered to be of historic importance are placed on a register. The register comprises a variety of town gardens, public parks and country estates. The main purpose of the register is to help ensure that the features and qualities that make the parks and gardens special are safeguarded if changes are being considered which could affect them.

The gardens on the register are divided into three grades in order to give some guidance about their significance, in a similar way to Listed Buildings. The majority of parks and gardens on the Register are of sufficient interest as to be designated as grade II. Some, however, are recognised as being of exceptional historic interest and are awarded a star giving them grade II* status. A small number are of international importance, and are classified as grade I.
period Modern The Modern Period, about 1915 AD to the present (the 20th and 21st centuries AD)

In recent years archaeologists have realised the importance of recording modern sites. They do this so that in the future people will be able to look at the remains to help them understand the events to which they are related.
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period modern About 1915 AD to the present (the 20th and 21st centuries AD)

In recent years archaeologists have realised the importance of recording modern sites. They do this so that in the future people will be able to look at the remains to help them understand the events to which they are related.
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monument FLOWER BED * A plot of earth used for the raising of flowers and shrubs. back
monument YARD * A paved area, generally found at the back of a house. back
monument SERPENTINE WALK * A winding walk, common in early 18th century Rococo gardens and parks. back
monument SITE * Unclassifiable site with minimal information. Specify site type wherever possible. back
monument LODGE * A small building, often inhabited by a gatekeeper, gamekeeper or similar. Use specific type where known. back
monument STONE * Use only where stone is natural or where there is no indication of function. back
monument PARK * An enclosed piece of land, generally large in area, used for hunting, the cultivation of trees, for grazing sheep and cattle or visual enjoyment. Use more specific type where known. back
monument BOUNDARY * The limit to an area as defined on a map or by a marker of some form, eg. BOUNDARY WALL. Use specific type where known. back
monument GLASSHOUSE * A building made chiefly of glass, used to grow plants and fruit in. Use more specific type where possible. back
monument PARISH CHURCH * The foremost church within a parish. back
monument CHURCH * A building used for public Christian worship. Use more specific type where known. back
monument DRIVE * A road/carriage way giving access from the main road to the house, stables. back
monument BOLLARD * A wooden, stone or iron post for securing things to or for preventing vehicular access to pedestrianized areas. back
monument CEMETERY LODGE * A small house or cottage at the entrance to a cemetery, usually occupied by a caretaker or gardener, etc. back
monument OBELISK * A tall, tapering pillar with a pyramidal top, generally square on plan. Used in England from the late 16th century as a public, funerary or garden monument. back
monument PATH * A way made for pedestrians, especially one merely made by walking (often not specially constructed). back
monument ROAD * A way between different places, used by horses, travellers on foot and vehicles. back
monument WALK * A place or path for walking in a park or garden. Use more specific type where possible. back
monument PEDESTAL * A concrete, cylindrical pedestal on which a spigot mortar was mounted. The pedestal is often the only evidence for a Spigot Mortar emplacement to survive. back
monument WELL * A shaft or pit dug in the ground over a supply of spring-water. back
monument PIER * A structure of iron or wood, open below, running out into the sea and used as a promenade and landing stage. back
monument WAR MEMORIAL * A structure, building or site commemorating soldiers and civilians killed in war. back
monument CEMETERY * An area of ground, set apart for the burial of the dead. back
monument RAILINGS * A fence or barrier made of metal or wooden rails. back
monument NONCONFORMIST CHAPEL * A place of worship for members of Protestant sects dissenting from the established Church. back
monument CHAPEL * A freestanding building, or a room or recess serving as a place of Christian worship in a church or other building. Use more specific type where known. back
monument BURIAL * An interment of human or animal remains. Use specific type where known. If component use with wider site type. Use FUNERARY SITE for optimum retrieval in searches. back
monument GARDEN * An enclosed piece of ground devoted to the cultivation of flowers, fruit or vegetables and/or recreational purposes. Use more specific type where known. back
monument POLICE STATION * The office or headquarters of a local police force, or of a police district. back
monument GATE * A movable stucture which enables or prevents entrance to be gained. Usually situated in a wall or similar barrier and supported by gate posts. back
monument LAWN * A flat, and usually level area of mown and cultivated grass, attached to a house. back
monument SHRUBBERY * A plantation of shrubs. back
monument WALL * An enclosing structure composed of bricks, stones or similar materials, laid in courses. Use specific type where known. back
monument TOWN * An assemblage of public and private buildings, larger than a village and having more complete and independent local government. back
monument PROMENADE * A place for strolling, public walks, etc. Usually associated with coastal resorts. back

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