Chronicle of the 20th Century

Key Events in Nuneaton
and district in the last one hundred years

1980-1989

1980
A.J.Connors cardboard box factory closed (Queens Road/Fife Street). At one time it employed 845 people.

Nuneaton Rugby Club celebrated its centenary.

Nuneaton Market Place was block paved.


1981
December - John Haddon found murdered on Bedworth By Pass


1982
Nuneaton twinned with Guadalajara in Spain.


1983

Lew Stevens was elected as Conservative M.P. for Nuneaton.

January 15th - Temperature dropped in Nuneaton to - 22 deg. C


1984
A new mosque erected in Frank Street, Nuneaton.

June 18th - Ritz Cinema closed as a cinema, converted into a Bingo Hall. The last film shown there was "Blood Bath At The House of Death" starring Kenny Everett, Pamela Stephenson and Vincent Price.


1985
Work started on Nuneaton's first multi-storey car park.

20th March - Princess Ann visited Abbey Hosiery Mills and the Intec YTC centre.


1986
March - Statue of George Eliot by the Astley sculptor John Letts erected in the Market Place

November - First Victorian late night shopping night. 30,000 people packed the town and the roads were grid-locked.


1987
26th September - Murder of Nuneaton toddler Dale Kowalczek.


1988
September - The old Nuneaton bus station concrete shelters were demolished and new polycarbonate and steel ones erected.


1989
3rd March - Attleborough by pass opened.