Meriden, Wast Midlands

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Meriden
Meriden cross winter.jpg
The traditional centre o Ingland
Meriden is locatit in West Midlands (coonty)
Meriden
Meriden
Location within the Wast Midlands
Population2,734 (2001)
OS grid referenceSP240824
Metropolitan burgh
Metropolitan coonty
Region
KintraIngland
Sovereign stateUnitit Kinrick
EU PairlamentWast Midlands
UK Pairlament
Leet o places
UK
Ingland
Wast Midlands
52°26′16″N 1°38′59″W / 52.4379°N 1.6496°W / 52.4379; -1.6496Coordinates: 52°26′16″N 1°38′59″W / 52.4379°N 1.6496°W / 52.4379; -1.6496

Meriden is a veelage an ceevil pairish in the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull, Wast Midlands, Ingland. It is locatit atween Solihull an the ceety o Coventry, an is approximately 10 km (6.2 mi) frae Birmingham Internaitional Airport.

The ceety o Meriden, Connecticut (near the centre o that state) is namit efter the veelage.

History an amenities[eedit | eedit soorce]

Kirk o St. Lawrence

Till 1974 Meriden wis pairt o Warwickshire. The surroondin kintraside, kent as the Meriden Gap, forms a green belt atween the twa urban auries o Birmingham an Coventry. It gies its name tae the Meriden parliamentary constituency, which covers the Meriden Gap.

The A45 bypass opened in 1958.

In the Unitit Kingdom Census 2001 the population o the Meriden pairish wis 2,734.

It is possibly the steid o an Iron Age field seestem.

The pairish kirk is dedicatit tae Saunt Lawrence an wis apparently foondit bi Lady Godiva. It haes a Norman chancel wi gargoyles on its ruif an a gowden weathercock.

Here the Heart of England Way lang-distance path wends its wey an brings the Staffordshire Heathlands thegither wi the Cotswolds an Forest o Arden.

The 16t century Moat Hoose

Meriden is an aw hame tae a memorial tae aw the cyclists who dee'd in the First Warld War. An annual event, at which thoosans o cyclists pey thair respects tae thair fawen colleagues an commemorate thir daiths, is held in the veelage. The memorial wis unveiled on 21 Mey 1921, in the presence o ower 20,000 cyclists.

Some moatit fermsteads an several timber-framed biggins can be seen in the veelage.

Triumph Motorcycles[eedit | eedit soorce]

Commemorative plaque ootside the umwhile steid o the Triumph factory at Meriden unveiled on 7t October 2005

Frae 1941, Meriden uised tae be hame tae the lairge Triumph Motorcycles production plant, whose Priory Street factory in Coventry wis airlier destroyed bi the Luftwaffe durin Warld War II.

As documentit in the beuk, Forty Summers Ago, the factory wis visitit bi Steve McQueen, Bud Ekins an the rest o the 1964 USA International Six Day Trials team tae collect thair specially prepared Triumphs. Richard Gere, in an interview promotin his 2002 film Chicago, an aa claimed tae hae picked up his Triumph motorcycle frae the factory (misidentifyin it's location), too, albeit in the mid-1970s whilst tourin wi the Grease stage production.[1]

In 1973, Triumph wirkers blockadit the factory frae the new awners, NVT, tae prevent closur. The govrenment loaned the subsequent Meriden Workers Co-Operative money tae buy the factory an later tae mercat the Triumph motorcycles thay produced. Tradin later as Triumph Motorcycles (Meriden) Ltd., the co-operative eventually closed in the early-1983, the factory bein demolished the follaein year.[2] The new company, Triumph Motorcycles Ltd which wis established in 1984, an muivit tae Hinckley, Leicestershire in 1988.

A hoosin estate haes been biggit on the steid o the Triumph motorcycle factory at Meriden. Road names on the estate include Triumph motorcycle model names sic as Bonneville Close an Daytona Drive. A plaque commemoratin the steid's umwhile uise staunds ootside Bonneville Close.

Traditional Centre o Ingland[eedit | eedit soorce]

Plaque on the sandstane cross which marks the traditional centre o Ingland

The veelage haes claimed tae be at the vera centre o England, an a 500-year-auld (some soorces say 200-year-auld) saundstane pillar-shaped monument tae that effect staunds in the veelage green. This medieval veelage cross is a grade II leetit airtifact.[3]

In 2002 the Ordnance Survey defined the Geographical Centre of England tae be on Lindley Hall Farm, approximately 18 kilometres (11 mi) north at Fenny Drayton, Leicestershire.[4]

In 2003 the Ordnance Survey placed Kirk Flatts ferm, approximately 35 kilometres (22 mi) north, at Coton in the Elms, Derbyshire, as the furthest pynt frae the sea in Great Breetain.[5][6]

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