Chilvers Coton Church, Nuneaton

Chilvers Coton Church. Photograph by Aidan McRae Thomson

Chilvers Coton Church. Photograph by Aidan McRae Thomson

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 and parish are associated with George Eliot, and visitors are shown entries in the registers in connexion with her and her family, also graves of relatives and friends said to be originals of characters in her novels.

Many of the places in Eliot’s novels are based on the village of Chilvers Coton, which she calls Shepperton in Scenes of Clerical Life. Nearby is Arbury Hall, which, in Mr.Gilfil’s Love Story is called Cheverel Hall.

Visting

The village of Chilvers Coton is less than a mile from the centre of Nuneaton and is now absorbed into the town. All Saints is a living church. See website for details.

Opposite the Church is the free school. Built about 1800, it is now a heritage centre.

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