Bedworth Station will perhaps be best remembered as the
station which was being modernised at the time its closure was being announced.
When the local press carried the first news of British Railways' plans to end
passenger services on the line, workmen were rebuilding the platforms. On the
Nuneaton side of the station was a yard which not only handled freight for the
town itself but which also served a near by brickworks. The local pits were the
main source of employment in the area in the 19th century and miner's
excursions were frequently run from Bedworth. On Whit Tuesday in 1883, for
instance, the owners of Charity Colliery ran an excursion for their employees
and friends, the destination being London and the fare four shillings (20 new
pence). Whilst on the subject of fares, on the opening day of the railway the
fare from Bedworth to Coventry was sixpence (2 ½ new pence) first class,
fourpence second class and threepence (thruppence) third class.
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