Uncover George Eliot country
“Unconventional”, “unorthodox”, descriptions of one of the leading nineteenth century authors Mary Ann Evans, known as George Eliot and born in Nuneaton; drawing on her early life here in rural Warwickshire her themes and characters are just as relevant today as then.
Many of the places important in Mary Ann’s life and inspiring scenes in her novels such as Middlemarch, Mill on the Floss and Scenes of Clerical Life can still be visited.
The George Eliot Fellowship hosts an annual tour and George Eliot Day, usually in May which offers exclusive access to her homes with expert guides.
2019 will be the bi-centenary of her birth with many events planned so keep an eye on our events calendar. Visit the George Eliot Fellowship website to learn more about: “the most famous, most intelligent, most widely read, and after the Queen, the richest woman in Britain”.
Whenever you visit us here are some of our top tips to uncover George Eliot country:
The Arbury Hall estate is the birthplace of Mary Ann who was the daughter of the estate’s land agent, Robert Evans. This beautiful historic house is open at bank holidays and to groups by appointment. Mary Ann spent hours in the library reading to excite her strong intellect.
Astley Castle has been stunningly restored by the Landmark Trust to make a luxurious holiday rental; Mary Ann visited the castle regularly with her father and re-imagined it as “Knebley Abbey” with “Knebley church” alongside actually Astley Church where her parents married.
St Mary the Virgin, Astley church is where her parents married and later was described as “Knebley Church” in Scenes of Clerical Life. Astley’s vicar was also the inspiration for the character the Reverend Gilfil.
Things To Do
*parking charges apply at certain locations There’s no such thing as a free lunch they say, but who needs lunch anyway when Northern Warwickshire has so much on offer for free? 1 Fancy the long route from Coventry to Birmingham? Get away from the cities while walking...read more
Warwickshire is proud to have hosted a stage in the Ovo Women’s Cycle Tour for 3 years in a row – we certainly have some fine cycling country whatever your level of cycling proficiency. If you like to potter around away from traffic our country parks are ideal. Try...read more
Henry Tudor’s restover before the Battle of Bosworth, an important Roman fort town & Boudica’s last stand, the Elizabethan centre of literary activity, the Sir Robert Peel Museum and George Eliot’s inspiration are just some of the historical places of importance that you visit in North Warwickshire.read more
Burn off some energy at our country parks or stroll along the peaceful Coventry or Fazeley canals? Whether you love books, adventure or animals we have some fantastic places for you to visit in North Warwickshire.read more
Road racers or easy trails? Tee off at the Belfry? Wakeboarding, waterskiing or open water swimming? Or a take a stroll that’ll give you insights into fascinating local history. North Warwickshire can cater for all tastes.read more
Let’s face it, England is famous for rainy days so we have it covered. 1 Have fun inside at the swimming pools in – Atherstone Leisure Complex, Pingles Nuneaton or Lea Marston hotel 2 Nuneaton’s Art Gallery & Museum showcases fine art, local history and galleries on...read more