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However, the 1840s brought another period of growth when many buildings were re-fronted or rebuilt in chequered brick work (characteristic of North Warwickshire buildings of the period).
The Bulkington Baptismal register, 1841–1861, records that: 'On Thursday, 15 August 1861, six families comprising 27 members left for Quebec, Canada, in consequence of the continued depression of the Ribbon trade… At the same time 83 houses were vacant in the parish. Nonetheless, ribbon production continued in Bulkington into the middle of the 20th century, though through small factory production rather than as a cottage industry.
Additionally, many of the chequered-pattern brick buildings were replaced by typical 1960s suburban houses.
This involved the creation of a shopping precinct in Leicester Street, which was the traditional heart of the village.In November 2008 the Barbridge Close area, north of St James' Church, was excluded from the conservation area. James' is a Grade II listed building, along with two 19th-century chest tombs in the grounds.Numbers 3 and 4 Church Street, and the wrought iron railings on St James' are also afforded listed status.Bulkington was part of the Nuneaton constituency in the House of Commons.