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Hotels in Meriden

Situated 13 miles south east of Birmingham, Meriden is a little village that has often been credited with being at the very centre of England. Book a Meriden hotel with us and discover this quiet parish village that is perfectly located to explore the West Midlands, Warwickshire and the nearby city of Coventry.

History

Geographic boundaries come and go and at one time Meriden was a part of Warwickshire but since 1974 it has been incorporated within the metropolitan county of the West Midlands. And while borders may change, names can do to. The village was once known as Alspath but by the 17th century, Meriden became the favoured name.

Centre of attention

Erected on Meriden's village green is a 15th-century sandstone cross whose plaque declares that "by tradition it marks the centre of England." There is some dispute about the veracity of this claim but there's no doubting Meriden's medial location.

Perhaps adding credence to the theory, Meriden is the half-way point on the Heart of England Way, a walk that starts in Cannock Chase, an area of outstanding natural beauty, and ends in Bourton-on-the-Water in the Cotswolds. The walk is nearly 100 miles long and passes through some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK.

Bicycles and motorcycles

There's a permanent monument in the village dedicated to the memory of cyclists who died in the First World War. It was erected in 1921 and ever since, cyclists have travelled to the impressive stone monolith to pay their respects. The Army Cyclist Corps played a critical role in intelligence gathering and delivering information to forces at the Front.

For nearly 40 years Meriden was the home of Triumph motorcycles a world-famous brand that was founded in 1885. The plant saw visits from the rich and famous, including Steve McQueen whose character rode a Triumph TR6 Trophy so memorably in the 1963 movie The Great Escape. The production line ceased operations in 1983 due to receivership. Out of the ashes rose Triumph Motorcycles Ltd but sadly for Meriden, production moved to Hinckley in Leicestershire. Triumph's legacy still remains, however. And on the site of the factory you'll notice roads with names like Daytona Drive and Bonneville Close, the latter of which has a commemorative plaque that features a rider on a classic Triumph motorcycle.

Eating and drinking

There are a handful of places to eat in and one of them, the Meriden Spice Indian Restaurant, comes with a good reputation for its food and service. The Hayloft, a licensed coffee shop, is popular for its all-day breakfast, sandwiches and cakes

Shopping in and around Meriden

Berryfields Farm Shop offers meat, fruit and vegeSEOSITE_LEVEL_DESCRIPTIONs that are sourced locally. They also sell bread, cheeses, biscuits, jams, chutney and much more. The shop was commended by the Good Produce Guide as one of the best places to buy food produce in the country. Solihull, Coventry and Birmingham are all easily accessible and offer a huge range of retailers.

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