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The History of Baginton

Over Two Millennia - The 20th Century


In many ways the beginning of the twentieth century marked the low point in the history of the village and it might soon have become just another suburb of Coventry, its much larger neighbour, located just 3 miles away.

However, it did survive. Although agriculture continued its decline into the new century, improved transport links allowed people to seek jobs elsewhere, but to continue living within the village, thus preserving its identity.

Transport improved as the century progressed in 1913 there was just one bicycle within the village, but between the two wars a bus service was introduced with private car ownership beginning in the 1930s. With villagers no longer moving away to find employment it became worthwhile for new services to be provided. The Oak was opened as the first Public House in 1926, with the Post Office following close behind in 1929. Most importantly for the future was the opening of Baginton airport in 1935. With the employment that this created the village soon became a net importer of workers from elsewhere. This quickly created a market for new housing and the decline over much of the 19th century was reversed.

Baginton Oak Tree
The iconic 'Baginton Oak' is represented on the Parish Council chain of Office.

The sale of the Bromley estate in the 1920s led to much of the land being bought up by property developers and ensured that a steady supply of new housing came on the market over the remainder of the century. In addition it provided employment in building, quarrying and industrial development.

The second half of the century Baginton started to lose many of the services that were fast disappearing from most small rural communities. The school closed in 1976. The last rector at Baginton Church left in 1960 and the village policeman left soon after. Baginton currently continues as a community proud of its past and secure in its future.  It has ceased to be the isolated rural community of former centuries but it has remained an identifiable community and looks set to remain so in the 21st century.

From 1981 Baginton parish was part of the combined benefice of Stoneleigh with Ashow in the Deanery of Kenilworth then, from 2002 was combined with Ryton and Bubbenhall in the Rugby Deanery and the patron of the combined benefice is now the Bishop of Coventry and Lord Leigh jointly.

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