Architecture in Warwickshire
Warwickshire, a landlocked county in West Midlands, known for its rolling hills and market towns. However, it is most notably know for being the birthplace of William Shakespeare and the major draw for tourists from across the globe. Equally famous is the impressive Warwick Castle known for its history and majestic cliff top views.
History of Warwickshire
Warwickshire came into being as a division of the kingdom of Mercia in the early 11th century. During the Middle Ages Warwickshire was dominated by Coventry, which was at the time one of the most important cities in England due to its textiles trade in the heart of England. Warwickshire played a key part in the English Civil War, with the Battle of Edgehill. During the Industrial Revolution Warwickshire became one of Britain’s foremost industrial counties, with the large industrial cities of Birmingham and Coventry within its boundaries.
Towns in Warwickshire
There are many market towns of Warwickshire, in the north and east, the industrial towns of Atherstone, Bedworth, with Nuneaton, and Rugby (birthplace of Rugby Football) the most famous of them.
Other towns include Stratford-Upon-Avon – home of Shakespeare, Royal Lemington Spa – a beautiful and prosperous town with large natural springs and examples of Regency architecture, Kenilworth – atmospheric castle ruins, Coventry – two extraordinary cathedrals and an unmissable motoring museum. Warwick is the county town and is most famous for its castle and old-school charm.
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