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The History of Baginton

Over Two Millennia - The 19th Century


In the nineteenth century Baginton was typical of many South Warwickshire villages.  It derived its income mainly from agriculture. Where perhaps it differed, was having a large and imposing hall. Baginton Hall had been home to the Bromley family for several centuries. The family had included a former Speaker and Secretary of State and hosted a visit by Queen Anne.

Lucy Price was the last of the Bromleys and her death in1822 meant that continuity came to an end. However the Hall continued with to a succession of tenants. These included the younger brother of the Prime Minister Robert Peel. The brother and members of his family are buried in the churchyard.

In 1889 Baginton Hall was destroyed by an enormous fire. Thus by the end of the century the Hall had gone and with it the focal point of the community. The village had also lost what had once been its main employer. Only the Church and Corn Mill remained to give evidence of what was a distinguished and ancient community. To replace it, the only significant new building that took place during the century was the School Hall (now the old School House) built in 1873 and the Row built for Agricultural Labourers in 1877.

With the hall ceasing as a major employer and with the growing industrialisation of Coventry where wages tended to be higher, it is unsurprising that over the course of the century the population declined from 300 at the time of the first census in 1801 to just 174 people 100 years later.

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