Nuneaton is the largest town in Warwickshire, with a population in 2011 of 86,552. It was heavily bombed in the Second World War and rebuilt in typically unsympathetic post-war style. Its best-known landmark is Mount Judd (aka the "Nuneaton Nipple"), a 518-foot spoil heap.
"Eaton" means a settlement next to water, and the "nun" was added when a Benedictine nunnery was founded in the 12th century. In the 17th century Nuneaton manufactured silk ribbons, and in the 19th century it became a coal-mining town. That era was captured by George Eliot (penname of Mary Ann Evans, 1819 – 1880); born locally, her novels depict rural provincial life as it becomes challenged by the march of industry, and they refer to the town as "Milby".
Nuneaton is 20 mi (32 km) east of Birmingham.
The town is close to the M6, M1 and M42 motorways, so is easy to reach by road from anywhere in England.
|Routes through Nuneaton|
|Lichfield ← Tamworth ←||NW SE||→ Rugby|
|END ←||SW NE||→ Hinckley → Leicester|