Articles in the category West Midlands

Chilvers Coton Church, Nuneaton

Novelist George Eliot was baptised (as Mary Ann Evans) at Chilvers Coton Church, Nuneaton. Parts of the church date back to the second half of the 13th century. The church was destroyed by bombs in May 1941 and later was rebuilt with the help of German prisoners of war. The modern traditions of the church […]

Warstone Lane Cemetery, Birmingham

This grade-two-listed cemetery is where atheist printer John Baskerville is buried. Warstone Lane Cemetery was opened in 1848 by the Birmingham Church of England Cemetery Company and acquired by the Birmingham City Council under a compulsory purchase order in 1951. Baskerville left instructions in his will that he was to be buried in a lead coffin […]

Griff House, Nuneaton

Novelist George Eliot moved to Griff House shortly after she was born in nearby South Farm in 1819. Sorry, this article hasn’t been completed yet. Would you like to write it for us? Humanist Heritage relies on contributions from users so if you’re interested in helping us please drop us a line.

George Eliot statue, Nuneaton

In Newdigate Square, Nuneaton is a statue of novelist George Eliot made by John Letts in 1986, on a commission by the George Eliot Fellowship. Sorry, this article hasn’t been completed yet. Would you like to write it for us? Humanist Heritage relies on contributions from users so if you’re interested in helping us please drop […]

South Farm, Nuneaton

Novelist George Eliot was born in South Farm in 1819 and lived here for four months before the family moved to nearby Griff House. Sorry, this article hasn’t been completed yet. Would you like to write it for us? Humanist Heritage relies on contributions from users so if you’re interested in helping us please drop us a line.

George Eliot Memorial Garden, Nuneaton

At the garden’s centre is an obelisk commemorating novelist George Eliot. It was originally in Ardbury Park and was moved when the garden was created in 1952. The George Eliot Fellowship holds a wreath-laying ceremony on the site every June to celebrate the author. Sorry, this article hasn’t been completed yet. Would you like to […]

Nuneaton Library

Nuneaton Library is important for its relation to the novelist George Eliot (real name Mary Anne Evans).  Eliot was born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire where the library is located. Many items, including photos, over 60 facsimiles of letters from her friends and family and first editions of her work can be found in the library.  These […]

Industry and Genius, Birmingham

A sculptural tribute to atheist printer John Baskerville. On the columns of Portland Stone are reversed bronze letters spelling ‘Virgil’, the Roman poet whose works were printed by Baskerville in the famous typeface that bears his name, in 1757. The name ‘Industry and Genius’ is taken from a poem praising the printer which was published in […]