Griff House - Eliot's childhood home
Guided tour of George Eliot Country
By BBC Coventry & Warwickshire's Faye Claridge
Enjoy a photograph tour of some of George Eliot’s homes and find out about the places she used forinspiration around Nuneaton.
One of North Warwickshire’s most famous offspring is the classics author, George Eliot.
Justifiably proud of this fact, Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council organise a number of guided tours each year, to show places associated with George Eliot’s life to enthusiasts from all over the world.
Arbury Hall gardens
The tours take in a fascinating range of locations, from churches to manor houses and farms, all of which were important to the great writer’s life and works.
Throughout the tour the knowledgeable guides are on-hand to point out passages from George Eliot’s books that describe the areas visited. This is the highlight of each visit as you stand in a building George Eliot knew well and hear it brought to life in one of her novels.
Chilvers Coton Church
George Eliot used a number of different names for the places that inspired her during her childhood around Nuneaton and it is fascinating to see these ‘fictional’ places still standing.
The tours are a unique way of appreciating the unusual heritage of the Nuneaton area and appeal to local tourists as well as book-lovers.
On the trip I took, the 50-strong group included a variety of people that were interested in George Eliot and those that were simply curious to learn more about their area.
Eliot's birthplace, South Farm
There were a number of local people, along with two large book groups (from Stoke-on-Trent and Leicester) and a researcher all the way from Japan.
Only a very limited number of tours are organised by Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council each year.
Explore and enjoy!
last updated: 02/04/2008 at 13:02