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Warwickshire
Image:EnglandWarwickshire.png
Geography
Status: Ceremonial & Non-metropolitan county
Region: West Midlands
Area:
- Total
- Admin. council
Ranked 31st
1,975 km²
Ranked 28th
Admin HQ: Warwick
ISO 3166-2: GB-WAR
ONS code: 44
NUTS 3: UKG13
Demographics
Population:
- Total (2005 est.)
- Density
- Admin. Council
Ranked 39th
533,900
270 / km²
Ranked 23rd
Ethnicity: 95.6% White
2.8% S.Asian
Politics
Arms of Warwickshire County Council
Warwickshire County Council
http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/
Executive: Conservative (council NOC)
MPs:
Districts
Image:Warwickshire Numbered.png


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  1. North Warwickshire
  2. Nuneaton and Bedworth
  3. Rugby
  4. Stratford-on-Avon
  5. Warwick
A detailed map
A detailed map
Stratford-upon-Avon
Stratford-upon-Avon

Warwickshire (pronounced /ˈwɒɹɪkˌʃə/ or /ˈwɒɹɪkˌʃɪə/) is a landlocked non-metropolitan county in central England. The county town is Warwick, although the largest town is Nuneaton in the far north of the county. The shape of the administrative area Warwickshire differs considerably from that of the historic county. Commonly used abbreviations for the county are Warks or Warwicks. North Warwickshire is a local government district and borough in Warwickshire, England. ... Nuneaton and Bedworth is a local government district with borough status in Warwickshire, England, consisting of the towns Nuneaton, Bedworth, Bulkington and their surrounding countryside. ... Rugby is a local government district and borough in eastern Warwickshire, England. ... Stratford-on-Avon is a local government district of southern Warwickshire in England. ... Warwick is a local government district of central Warwickshire in England. ... By G-Man. ... By G-Man. ... Stratford-upon-Avon, 2004-07-17. ... Stratford-upon-Avon, 2004-07-17. ... Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 1407 KB)Kenilworth Castle as seen from the gatehouse. ... Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 1407 KB)Kenilworth Castle as seen from the gatehouse. ... The castle, as seen from the gatehouse Kenilworth Castle is in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England. ... This chart shows concisely the most common way in which the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) is applied to represent the English language. ... A shire county or non-metropolitan county in England, is a county level entity which is not a metropolitan county. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Unified  -  by Athelstan 927 AD  Area  -  Total 130... A county town is the capital of a county in the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland. ... Warwick (pronounced or War-ick (silent w in middle)) is the historic county town of Warwickshire in England and has a population of 25,434 (2001 census). ... The historic counties of England are ancient subdivisions of England. ...


Warwickshire is perhaps best known for being the birthplace of William Shakespeare from Stratford-upon-Avon. The county has also produced other literary figures such as George Eliot (from near Nuneaton), Rupert Brooke (from Rugby), and Michael Drayton from Hartshill. Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Stratford-upon-Avon Stratford-upon-Avon is a town in Warwickshire, England. ... Mary Ann Evans (22 November 1819 – 22 December 1880), better known by her pen name George Eliot, was an English novelist. ... Nuneaton is the largest town in the English county of Warwickshire, and the borough of Nuneaton and Bedworth. ... A statue of Rupert Brooke in Rugby Rupert Chawner Brooke (August 3, 1887 – April 23, 1915) was an English poet known for his idealistic War Sonnets written during the First World War (especially The Soldier), as well as for his poetry written outside of war, especially The Old Vicarage, Grantchester... Rugby is a market town in the county of Warwickshire in the West Midlands of England, on the River Avon. ... Drayton, 1628 Michael Drayton (1563 – December 23, 1631) was an English poet who came to prominence in the Elizabethan era. ... Hartshill is a small Village in the Borough of North Warwickshire. ...

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Geography

Warwickshire is bounded to the northwest by the West Midlands metropolitan county, and Staffordshire, by Leicestershire to the northeast, Northamptonshire to the east, Worcestershire to the west, Oxfordshire to the south, Gloucestershire to the southwest. The County of West Midlands is a metropolitan county in western central England with a population of around 2,600,000 people. ... The six metropolitan counties shown within England The metropolitan counties are a type of county-level subnational entity in current use in England. ... Staffordshire (abbreviated Staffs) is a landlocked county in the West Midlands region of England. ... Leicestershire ( IPA: (RP), IPA: (locally)), abbreviation Leics. ... Northamptonshire (abbreviated Northants or Nhants) is a landlocked county in central England with a population of 629,676 (2001 census). ... Worcestershire (pronounced ; abbreviated Worcs) is a county located in the West Midlands region of central England. ... Oxfordshire (abbreviated Oxon, from the Latinised form Oxonia) is a county in the South East of England, bordering on Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, and Warwickshire. ... Gloucestershire (pronounced ; GLOSS-ter-sher) is a county in South West England. ...


The majority of Warwickshire's population live in the north and centre of the county. The market towns of northern and eastern Warwickshire were industrialised in the 19th century, and include Atherstone, Bedworth, Nuneaton, and Rugby. Major industries included coal mining, textiles, engineering, and cement production, but heavy industry is in decline, being replaced by distribution centres, light to medium industry, and services. Of the northern and eastern towns, only Nuneaton and Rugby (as the birthplace of Rugby football) are well-known outside of Warwickshire. The prosperous towns of central and western Warwickshire include Leamington Spa, Stratford-upon-Avon, Kenilworth, Alcester, and Warwick harbour light to medium industries, services, and tourism as major employers. Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... Atherstone is a town in Warwickshire, England. ... Bedworth is a market town in the Nuneaton and Bedworth district of Warwickshire, England. ... Nuneaton is the largest town in the English county of Warwickshire, and the borough of Nuneaton and Bedworth. ... Rugby is a market town in the county of Warwickshire in the West Midlands of England, on the River Avon. ... Daw Mill Colliery, Warwickshire, England UK Coal plc (LSE: UKC) is the largest coal mining company in Britain. ... This article is about the type of fabric. ... Engineering is the design, analysis, and/or construction of works for practical purposes. ... In the most general sense of the word, cement is a binder, a substance which sets and hardens independently, and can bind other materials together. ... Leamington Spa, properly Royal Leamington Spa but commonly just Leamington, (pronounced Lemmington — IPA: ) is a spa town in central Warwickshire, in England. ... Stratford-upon-Avon Stratford-upon-Avon is a town in Warwickshire, England. ... Statistics Population: 22,582 (2001) Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: SP295715 Administration District: Warwick Shire county: Warwickshire Region: West Midlands Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: Warwickshire Services Police force: Warwickshire Police Ambulance service: West Midlands Post office and telephone Post town: Kenilworth Postal district: CV8... For other places named Alcester see Alcester (disambiguation). ... Warwick (pronounced or War-ick (silent w in middle)) is the historic county town of Warwickshire in England and has a population of 25,434 (2001 census). ...


The south of the county is largely rural and sparsely populated, and includes a small area of the Cotswolds. The only town in the south of Warwickshire is Shipston-on-Stour. The highest point in the county, at 261 m (856 ft), is Ebrington Hill on the border with Gloucestershire, GR SP187426 at its southwest extremity. The Cotswolds is the name given to a range of hills in central England, sometimes called the Heart of England, a hilly area reaching over 300 m or 1000 feet. ... Map sources for Shipston-on-Stour at grid reference SP2540 Shipston-on-Stour is a town in the Stratford-on-Avon district of the southern part of Warwickshire, England. ... Gloucestershire (pronounced ; GLOSS-ter-sher) is a county in South West England. ...


The north of the county, bordering Staffordshire and Leicestershire, is mildly undulating countryside and the northernmost village, No Man's Heath, is only 47 km (29 miles) south of the Peak District National Park's southernmost point.


There are no cities in Warwickshire since both Coventry and Birmingham were incorporated into the West Midlands county in 1974. The largest towns in Warwickshire as of 2004 are: Nuneaton (pop. 77,500), Rugby (62,700), Leamington Spa (45,300), and Bedworth (32,500). Stratford, Warwick, and Kenilworth all house populations in excess of 20,000 inhabitants, while the smaller towns of Atherstone, Alcester, Coleshill, Southam, Bulkington, Polesworth, Kingsbury, Henley-in-Arden, the village of Studley, Shipston and Whitnash have populations between 5,000 and 12,000. For other places with the same name, see Coventry (disambiguation). ... Birmingham (pron. ... Atherstone is a town in Warwickshire, England. ... For other places named Alcester see Alcester (disambiguation). ... Coleshill is the name of more than one place. ... Southam is a small market town in the Stratford-on-Avon district of Warwickshire, England. ... Bulkington is a large village in the Nuneaton and Bedworth borough of Warwickshire, England which has a population of around 8,000. ... Location within the British Isles Polesworth is a large village and civil parish in the North Warwickshire district of Warwickshire, England. ... Map sources for Kingsbury, Warwickshire at grid reference SP2196 Kingbury is a small village in the North Warwickshire district of Warwickshire, England. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Location within the British Isles Studley is a large village and civil parish in the Stratford district of Warwickshire, England. ... Map sources for Shipston-on-Stour at grid reference SP2540 Shipston-on-Stour is a town in the Stratford-on-Avon district of the southern part of Warwickshire, England. ... { { GBmap|Whitnash - Warwickshire|SP3263 } } Whitnash est une petite ville dedans [ [ Warwickshire ] ], [ [ lAngleterre ] ]. Il est pr�s [ [ station thermale royale de Leamington ] ], et est vu par beaucoup en tant quefficacement �tant une banlieue de Leamington. ...


Historically much of western Warwickshire, including the area now forming part of Birmingham and the West Midlands, was covered by the ancient Forest of Arden (although most of this was cut down to provide fuel for industrialisation in the 17th to 19th centuries). For this reason, the names of a number of places in the northwestern part of Warwickshire end with the phrase "-in-Arden". Arden is a district in Warwickshire, England, near Stratford-upon-Avon. ...


Historic boundaries

Areas historically part of Warwickshire include Coventry, Solihull, and most of Birmingham. These became part of the metropolitan county of West Midlands following local government re-organisation in 1974. For other places with the same name, see Coventry (disambiguation). ... Solihull (IPA: , or , or some combination of the two; occasionally ) is a large town in the West Midlands in England with a population of 94,753. ... Birmingham (pron. ... The six metropolitan counties shown within England The metropolitan counties are a type of county-level subnational entity in current use in England. ... The County of West Midlands is a metropolitan county in western central England with a population of around 2,600,000 people. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ...


In 1986 the West Midlands County Council was abolished and Birmingham, Coventry, and Solihull became effective unitary authorities, however the West Midlands county has not been formally abolished, and still exists for ceremonial purposes, and so these cities still remain outside Warwickshire. Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... The West Midlands County Council (WMCC) was the former upper-tier administrative body for the West Midlands county, a metropolitan county in England. ... A unitary authority is a type of local authority, which has a single tier and is responsible for all local government functions within its area. ... The Ceremonial counties of England are areas of England that are appointed a Lord-Lieutenant, and are defined by the government with reference to the metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties of England. ...


Some organisations, such as Warwickshire County Cricket Club, which is based in Edgbaston, in Birmingham, still observe the historic county boundaries. Warwickshire County Cricket Club is one of the 18 major county clubs which make up the English domestic cricket structure, representing the historic county of Warwickshire. ... Edgbaston constituency shown within Birmingham Edgbaston is an area and ward in the city of Birmingham in England. ... The historic counties of England are ancient subdivisions of England. ...


Coventry is effectively in the centre of the Warwickshire area, and still has strong ties with the county. Coventry and Warwickshire are sometimes treated as a single area and share a single NHS trust and Chamber of Commerce as well as other institutions. National Health Service Trusts (NHS Trusts) provide many services of the United Kingdom National Health Service in England and Wales. ... Chambers of commerce are business advocacy groups which are usually not associated with government. ...


Coventry has been a part of Warwickshire for only some of its history. In 1451 Coventry was separated from Warwickshire and made a county corporate in its own right, called the County of the City of Coventry. In 1842 the county of Coventry was abolished and Coventry was remerged with Warwickshire. In recent times, there have been calls to formally re-introduce Coventry into Warwickshire, although nothing has yet come of this. The county's population would explode by almost a third-of-a-million overnight should this occur, Coventry being the UK's 11th largest city. // Events February 3 - Murad II, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire dies and is succeeded by his son Mehmed II. April 11 - Celje acquires market-town status and town rights by orders from the Celje count Frederic II. June 30 - French troops under the Comte de Dunois invade Guyenne and capture... A county corporate or corporate county was a form of local government in England and Wales. ... The County of the City of Coventry was a former English county, which existed between 1451 and 1842. ... 1842 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ...


The town of Tamworth was historically divided between Warwickshire and Staffordshire, but since 1888 has been fully in Staffordshire. Tamworth town centre Tamworth is a historic town and local government district in Staffordshire, England, located 27 km (17 miles) north-east of Birmingham and 198 km (123 miles) north-west of London. ... Staffordshire (abbreviated Staffs) is a landlocked county in the West Midlands region of England. ... Year 1888 (MDCCCLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (click on link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ...


In 1931, Warwickshire gained the town of Shipston-on-Stour from Worcestershire and several villages, including Long Marston and Welford-on-Avon, from Gloucestershire. Year 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1931 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Map sources for Shipston-on-Stour at grid reference SP2540 Shipston-on-Stour is a town in the Stratford-on-Avon district of the southern part of Warwickshire, England. ... Worcestershire (pronounced ; abbreviated Worcs) is a county located in the West Midlands region of central England. ... Long Marston is a village in Warwickshire, England. ... ‹ The template below (Expand) is being considered for deletion. ... Gloucestershire (pronounced ; GLOSS-ter-sher) is a county in South West England. ...


Main settlements

This is a list of the main settlements in Warwickshire, including towns, or villages with a population of over 5,000. For a complete list see List of places in Warwickshire. This is a list of cities, towns and villages in the ceremonial county of Warwickshire, England. ...

For other places named Alcester see Alcester (disambiguation). ... Atherstone is a town in Warwickshire, England. ... Bedworth is a market town in the Nuneaton and Bedworth district of Warwickshire, England. ... Bulkington is a large village in the Nuneaton and Bedworth borough of Warwickshire, England which has a population of around 8,000. ... Map sources for Coleshill at grid reference SP1989 Coleshill is a market town in the North Warwickshire district of Warwickshire, England, taking its name from the River Cole. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Statistics Population: 22,582 (2001) Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: SP295715 Administration District: Warwick Shire county: Warwickshire Region: West Midlands Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: Warwickshire Services Police force: Warwickshire Police Ambulance service: West Midlands Post office and telephone Post town: Kenilworth Postal district: CV8... Map sources for Kingsbury, Warwickshire at grid reference SP2196 Kingbury is a small village in the North Warwickshire district of Warwickshire, England. ... Leamington Spa, properly Royal Leamington Spa but commonly just Leamington, (pronounced Lemmington — IPA: ) is a spa town in central Warwickshire, in England. ... Nuneaton is the largest town in the English county of Warwickshire, and the borough of Nuneaton and Bedworth. ... Location within the British Isles Polesworth is a large village and civil parish in the North Warwickshire district of Warwickshire, England. ... Rugby is a market town in the county of Warwickshire in the West Midlands of England, on the River Avon. ... Map sources for Shipston-on-Stour at grid reference SP2540 Shipston-on-Stour is a town in the Stratford-on-Avon district of the southern part of Warwickshire, England. ... Southam is a small market town in the Stratford-on-Avon district of Warwickshire, England. ... Stratford-upon-Avon Stratford-upon-Avon is a town in Warwickshire, England. ... Location within the British Isles Studley is a large village and civil parish in the Stratford district of Warwickshire, England. ... Warwick (pronounced or War-ick (silent w in middle)) is the historic county town of Warwickshire in England and has a population of 25,434 (2001 census). ... Wellesbourne is a large village and civil parish in the county of Warwickshire, in the West Midlands region of the UK. In the 2001 census the parish, which also includes the village of Walton, had a population of 5,691. ... { { GBmap|Whitnash - Warwickshire|SP3263 } } Whitnash est une petite ville dedans [ [ Warwickshire ] ], [ [ lAngleterre ] ]. Il est pr�s [ [ station thermale royale de Leamington ] ], et est vu par beaucoup en tant quefficacement �tant une banlieue de Leamington. ...

History

Main article: History of Warwickshire. In the 8th and 9th century, what is now Warwickshire was a part of the kingdom of Mercia. ...


Warwickshire came into being as a division of the kingdom of Mercia in the early 11th century, the first reference to Warwickshire was in 1001, as Waeinewiscscr named after Warwick (meaning "dwellings by the weir"). The Kingdom of Mercia at its greatest extent (7th to 9th centuries) is shown in green, with the original core area (6th century) given a darker tint. ... As a means of recording the passage of time, the 11th century was that century which lasted from 1001 to 1100. ... Events Grand Prince Stephen I of Hungary is named the first King of Hungary by Pope Silvester II. Canonisation of Edward the Martyr, king of England. ... The bridge and weir mechanism at Sturminster Newton on the River Stour, Dorset. ...


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 The Middle Ages formed the middle period in a traditional schematic division of European history into three ages: the classical civilization of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and modern times, beginning with the Renaissance. ... For other places with the same name, see Coventry (disambiguation). ...


Warwickshire played a key part in the English Civil War, with the Battle of Edgehill and other skirmishes taking place in the county. The English Civil War consisted of a series of armed conflicts and political machinations that took place between Parliamentarians (known as Roundheads) and Royalists (known as Cavaliers) between 1642 and 1651. ... The Battle of Edgehill (or Edge Hill) was the first pitched battle of the First English Civil War. ...


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. A Watt steam engine. ... Birmingham (pron. ... For other places with the same name, see Coventry (disambiguation). ...


1974 boundary changes removed Birmingham and Coventry from Warwickshire, leaving the present day county with a rather odd shape, which looks as if a large chunk has been bitten out of it. 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ...


Boundary changes

  • 1844: The Counties (Detached Parts) Act transferred a township to, and two parishes from, the county.
  • 1888: Those parts of the town of Tamworth lying in Warwickshire were ceded to Staffordshire.
  • 1891: Harborne became part of the county borough of Birmingham and thus transferred from Staffordshire to Warwickshire by the Local Govt. Bd.'s Prov. Orders Conf. (No. 13) Act, 54 & 55 Vic. c. 161 (local act).
  • 1909: Quinton was formally removed from Worcestershire and incorporated into the county borough of Birmingham, then in Warwickshire, on 9 November.
  • 1911: The Staffordshire town of Handsworth and the Worcestershire towns of Northfield, Kings Norton and Yardley became part of Birmingham and thus Warwickshire.
  • 1928: Perry Barr was ceded to Birmingham, from Staffordshire
  • 1931: The boundaries between Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, and Worcestershire were adjusted by the Provisional Order Confirmation (Gloucestershire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire) Act which transferred 26 parishes between the three counties, largely to eliminate exclaves. The town of Shipston-on-Stour was gained from Worcestershire and several villages, including Long Marston and Welford-on-Avon, from Gloucestershire.
  • 1974: Under The Local Government Act 1972, Birmingham, Coventry, Solihull and Sutton Coldfield were ceded to the new West Midlands county, the latter town also becoming part of Birmingham.

Jan. ... The Counties (Detached Parts) Act 1844 (7 & 8 Vict. ... Year 1888 (MDCCCLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (click on link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Tamworth town centre Tamworth is a historic town and local government district in Staffordshire, England, located 27 km (17 miles) north-east of Birmingham and 198 km (123 miles) north-west of London. ... Staffordshire (abbreviated Staffs) is a landlocked county in the West Midlands region of England. ... Year 1891 (MDCCCXCI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Harborne is an area 3 miles southwest from Birmingham city centre, England. ... Birmingham (pron. ... Year 1909 (MCMIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Quinton is a suburb on the western edge of Birmingham, England. ... Year 1911 (MCMXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Handsworth is an inner city suburb of Birmingham in the West Midlands, England. ... Worcestershire (pronounced ; abbreviated Worcs) is a county located in the West Midlands region of central England. ... Northfield constituency shown within Birmingham Northfield is an area in south-west Birmingham, England. ... Kings Norton is an area of Birmingham, England. ... Categories: Stub | Birmingham, England ... Year 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Perry Barr constituency shown within Birmingham Perry Barr is an area in north Birmingham, England . ... Year 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1931 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Until 1844 many of the counties in England and Wales had exclaves or detached parts, entirely surrounded by other counties. ... Map sources for Shipston-on-Stour at grid reference SP2540 Shipston-on-Stour is a town in the Stratford-on-Avon district of the southern part of Warwickshire, England. ... Long Marston is a village in Warwickshire, England. ... ‹ The template below (Expand) is being considered for deletion. ... Gloucestershire (pronounced ; GLOSS-ter-sher) is a county in South West England. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... The Local Government Act 1972 (1972 c. ... For other places with the same name, see Coventry (disambiguation). ... Solihull (IPA: , or , or some combination of the two; occasionally ) is a large town in the West Midlands in England with a population of 94,753. ... Holy Trinity Church on Trinity Hill north of Sutton town centre. ... The County of West Midlands is a metropolitan county in western central England with a population of around 2,600,000 people. ...

Economy

This is a chart of trend of regional gross value added of Warwickshire at current basic prices published (pp.240-253) by Office for National Statistics with figures in millions of British Pounds Sterling.

Year Regional Gross Value Added[1] Agriculture[2] Industry[3] Services[4]
1995 5,063 153 1,717 3,193
2000 7,150 125 2,196 4,829
2003 8,142 159 2,054 5,928

Footnotes:

  1. ^  components may not sum to totals due to rounding
  2. ^  includes hunting and forestry
  3. ^  includes energy and construction
  4. ^  includes financial intermediation services indirectly measured

Local government

Like most English shire counties, Warwickshire has a two-tier structure of Local government. The county has a county council based in Warwick, and is also divided into five districts each with their own district councils. These districts are : North Warwickshire, Nuneaton and Bedworth, Rugby, Stratford, and Warwick (see map). The county and district councils are responsible for providing different services. There is no single system of local government in the United Kingdom. ... In the British Isles, a county council is a council that governs a county. ... Warwick (pronounced or War-ick (silent w in middle)) is the historic county town of Warwickshire in England and has a population of 25,434 (2001 census). ... Non-metropolitan districts or commonly Shire districts are a type of local government district in England. ... North Warwickshire is a local government district and borough in Warwickshire, England. ... Nuneaton and Bedworth is a local government district with borough status in Warwickshire, England, consisting of the towns Nuneaton, Bedworth, Bulkington and their surrounding countryside. ... Rugby is a local government district and borough in eastern Warwickshire, England. ... Stratford-on-Avon is a local government district of southern Warwickshire in England. ... Warwick is a local government district of central Warwickshire in England. ...


Atherstone is the headquarters of the North Warwickshire district, whereas Leamington Spa is the headquarters of the Warwick district. Atherstone is a town in Warwickshire, England. ... Leamington Spa, properly Royal Leamington Spa but commonly just Leamington, (pronounced Lemmington — IPA: ) is a spa town in central Warwickshire, in England. ...


In addition many small towns and villages have their own parish councils although these have only limited powers. A civil parish (usually just parish) in England is a subnational entity forming the lowest unit of local government, lower than districts or counties. ...


Warwickshire is policed by the Warwickshire Police Warwickshire Police is the police force which polices Warwickshire in England. ...


Education

In the state sector, children start school in the school year (1st September to 31st August) in which they turn five. They stay at primary school for seven years until they are eleven. Warwickshire is one of the few local authorities in England to still maintain the Grammar school system. In the final year of primary school, children are given the opportunity of sitting the eleven plus exam in order to compete for a place at one of the Grammar schools (including Stratford-upon-Avon Grammar School for Girls; King Edward VI School, a boys school; and Alcester Grammar School (mixed)). The exam is sat on three different days and consists of two verbal reasoning and mathematics papers and one extended writing paper. In order to maintain standards, there is a bank of papers that are used in rotation. In 2006, it was revealed in a local newspaper, the Stratford Herald, that some private eleven plus tutors had copies of the exam papers and that they were using them as practice papers for their pupils. This meant that, in some cases, pupils sitting the exam had seen the paper in advance. Stratford-upon-Avon Grammar School for Girls is a fully selective girls grammar school in England situated close to Stratford-upon-Avon, the 1568 birthplace of William Shakespeare. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Those students who do not gain a place at a grammar school can attend one of the numerous high schools. Students must stay at school until they are sixteen, when they take GCSE exams, or alternative qualifications. They can then leave school, stay in the school, if it has a sixth form, or go to college.


There are some prestigious public and other independent schools in the county, including Rugby School, Princethorpe College, Warwick School and The King's High School For Girls in Warwick. A view of Rugby School from The Close, the playing field where according to legend Rugby was invented Rugby School, located in the town of Rugby, Warwickshire, is one of the oldest public schools in England and is one of the major co-educational boarding schools in the country. ... Princethorpe College is a Catholic independent day school located in Princethorpe, near Rugby, Warwickshire (UK). ... The Myton Road frontage of Warwick School, dating from 1879 Warwick School is an independent school for boys in Warwick, England, and is reputed to be the third-oldest surviving school in the country after Kings School, Canterbury and St. ... // The Kings High School For Girls (also called simply Kings High or KHS) is an independent school for girls in picturesque Smith Street, Warwick, England. ...


Transport

Roads

Several major motorways run through Warwickshire. these include: Motorway symbol in UK, France and Ireland. ...

  • The M40 motorway which connects London to Birmingham, runs through the centre of the county, and serves Leamington Spa, Warwick, and Stratford.
  • The M6 motorway, which connects the north west of England and the midlands to the M1 motorway (and then on to London). Runs through the north of Warwickshire, and serves Rugby, Nuneaton, and Bedworth on its way to Birmingham.
  • The M69 Coventry to Leicester motorway which serves Nuneaton.
  • Other motorways pass briefly through Warwickshire including the M45 (a short spur south of Rugby connecting to the M1), the southern end of the M6 Toll, and the M42 which passes through the county at several points.

Other major trunk routes in Warwickshire includes the A45 (Rugby-Coventry-Birmingham and east into Northamptonshire route). The A46 (connects the M40 to the M6 via Warwick, Kenilworth and Coventry) and the A452 (Leamington to Birmingham route). The M40 in Warwickshire The M40 motorway is the second motorway in the British transport network to connect London to Birmingham. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Birmingham (pron. ... This article concerns the M6 motorway in England. ... The M1 motorway heading south towards junction 37 at Barnsley, South Yorkshire. ... The M69 is a small motorway in England, linking Leicester and Coventry, and replaced the A46 road. ... The M45 is a short stretch of motorway in central England. ... The M6 Toll (previously called the Birmingham North Relief Road, or BNRR) is the United Kingdoms first toll-paying motorway, other than the Severn Bridges on the M4 and M48 motorways. ... For other uses of the term M42, please see M42. ... The A45 is a major road in England. ... The A46 is a trunk road in England. ... The A452 is a road in England, which runs from Leamington Spa, Warwickshire to Brownhills in Staffordshire. ...


Rail

Two major railway lines pass through Warwickshire.

  • The Chiltern Main Line, the former Great Western route from London to Birmingham passes through the centre of Warwickshire on a route similar to the M40 motorway, and has stations at Leamington Spa, Warwick, (and Warwick Parkway) and Hatton. Rail services are provided by Chiltern Railways and Central Trains (Birmingham to Leamington only). There are also two branches off the Chiltern line, one from Leamington to Coventry, and another from Hatton near Warwick to Stratford.
The WCML at Rugby
The WCML at Rugby
  • The West Coast Main Line (WCML) runs through Warwickshire. At Rugby the WCML splits into two parts, one runs west through to Coventry and Birmingham, and the other the "Trent Valley Line" runs north-west towards Stafford and the north-west of England. This section has stations at Nuneaton, Atherstone, and Polesworth (North bound services only). There is one branch off the WCML from Nuneaton to Coventry, and there is a station at Bedworth on this branch.

Other railway lines in Warwickshire include the Birmingham-Nuneaton section of the Birmingham to Peterborough Line, which continues east of Nuneaton towards Leicester and Peterborough. Nuneaton has direct services to Birmingham and Leicester on this line, and there is one intermediate station at Water Orton near Coleshill in the extreme north-west of the county. The Chiltern Main Line is a name for the railway line between London Marylebone and Birmingham Snow Hill stations. ... The original Bristol Temple Meads station, first terminus of the GWR, is the building to the left of this picture The Great Western Railway (GWR) was a British railway company, linking South West England, the West Country and South Wales with London. ... Warwick Parkway railway station serves the outer area of Warwick in Warwickshire, England. ... Hatton, Warwickshire Hatton is a village about 4 miles north of Warwick. ... Chiltern Railways is a train operating company in England. ... Central Trains rolling stock at Liverpool Lime Street railway station Central Trains is a train operating company in the United Kingdom, running local and cross-country Citylink trains in central England. ... An old style Virgin express on the West Coast Main Line, seen here approaching Rugby station. ... An old style Virgin express on the West Coast Main Line, seen here approaching Rugby station. ... The WCML running alongside the M1 motorway at Watford Gap in Northamptonshire A Virgin Pendolino and freight train on the WCML The West Coast Main Line (WCML) is one of the most important intercity railway lines in the United Kingdom, part of the British railway system. ... This article is about the town of Stafford, England. ... Nuneaton is the largest town in the English county of Warwickshire, and the borough of Nuneaton and Bedworth. ... Atherstone is a town in Warwickshire, England. ... Location within the British Isles Polesworth is a large village and civil parish in the North Warwickshire district of Warwickshire, England. ... Nuneaton is the largest town in the English county of Warwickshire, and the borough of Nuneaton and Bedworth. ... For other places with the same name, see Coventry (disambiguation). ... Bedworth is a market town in the Nuneaton and Bedworth district of Warwickshire, England. ... The Birmingham to Peterborough Line is an important railway line in the United Kingdom, linking the Midlands to East Anglia. ... Leicester city centre, looking towards the Clock Tower Leicester (pronounced ) is the largest city and unitary authority in the English East Midlands. ... Peterborough /ˡpiːtəˌbʌɹə/ is a cathedral city and unitary authority in the East of England, with an estimated population of 161,000 as of 2006. ... Water Orton is a village on the River Tame, West Midlands in the North Warwickshire district of Warwickshire, England. ... Map sources for Coleshill at grid reference SP1989 Coleshill is a market town in the North Warwickshire district of Warwickshire, England, taking its name from the River Cole. ...


There is also a branch line from Birmingham to Stratford-upon-Avon. This line used to continue southwards to Cheltenham but is now a dead-end branch. There are several stations on this line at Henley-in-Arden and at several small villages. Stratford also has direct rail services to London via the branch line to Warwick (mentioned earlier). Stratford-upon-Avon Stratford-upon-Avon is a town in Warwickshire, England. ... For the parliamentary constituency, see Cheltenham (UK Parliament constituency). ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ...


The only major town in Warwickshire not to have a station is Kenilworth. Although the Leamington to Coventry line passes through the town, its station was closed in the 1960s as part of the Beeching Axe. There is a concerted campaign to re-open the station, although currently there are no local services operating on the line, as it is used only by Virgin cross-country services. Statistics Population: 22,582 (2001) Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: SP295715 Administration District: Warwick Shire county: Warwickshire Region: West Midlands Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: Warwickshire Services Police force: Warwickshire Police Ambulance service: West Midlands Post office and telephone Post town: Kenilworth Postal district: CV8... Many railway lines were closed as a result of the Beeching Axe The Beeching Axe is an informal name for the British Governments attempt in the 1960s to reduce the cost of running the British railway system. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...


Canals and waterways

Canals in Warwickshire, include: The Canal du Midi, Toulouse, France Canals are man-made channels for water. ...

  • The Grand Union Canal, which runs through Leamington and Warwick and onwards to Birmingham.
  • The Oxford Canal, which runs from near Coventry and then eastwards around Rugby, and then through the rural south of the county towards Oxford.
  • The Coventry Canal which runs through the north of the county from Coventry through Bedworth, Nuneaton, Atherstone, and Polesworth, and then onwards to Tamworth.
  • The Stratford-upon-Avon Canal which runs from the Grand Union west of Warwick to Stratford.
  • The Ashby-de-la-Zouch Canal passes briefly through Warwickshire from a junction with the Coventry Canal at Bedworth.

The River Avon is navigable from just north of Stratford. It has been proposed recently to extend the navigation to Warwick, but this was rejected by local residents. The canal at Braunston The Grand Union Canal is a canal in England and part of the British canal system. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Coventry Canal near Fradley Coventry Canal viewed from Foleshill Rd The Coventry Canal is a narrow canal in the Midlands of England. ... For other places with the same name, see Coventry (disambiguation). ... Bedworth is a market town in the Nuneaton and Bedworth district of Warwickshire, England. ... Nuneaton is the largest town in the English county of Warwickshire, and the borough of Nuneaton and Bedworth. ... Atherstone is a town in Warwickshire, England. ... Location within the British Isles Polesworth is a large village and civil parish in the North Warwickshire district of Warwickshire, England. ... Tamworth town centre Tamworth is a historic town and local government district in Staffordshire, England, located 27 km (17 miles) north-east of Birmingham and 198 km (123 miles) north-west of London. ... Categories: Stub | Canals in the United Kingdom | Warwickshire ... The Ashby-de-la-Zouch Canal is a 22 mile (35 km) long canal in England which travels between Bedworth in Warwickshire and the Leicestershire village of Snarestone. ... Bedworth is a market town in the Nuneaton and Bedworth district of Warwickshire, England. ... The River Avon or Avon is a river in or adjoining the counties of Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire in the midlands of England. ...


Places of interest

Download high resolution version (1000x708, 243 KB)The Oxford Canal, as seen from Napton-on-the-Hill in eastern Warwickshire. ... Download high resolution version (1000x708, 243 KB)The Oxford Canal, as seen from Napton-on-the-Hill in eastern Warwickshire. ... Napton-on-the-Hill often referred to as just Napton is a small village in the county of Warwickshire England, with a population of 976 (2001 census). ... Arbury Hall is a country house near Nuneaton in Warwickshire, England, and is the ancestral home of the Newdegate family. ... The De Vere Belfry is a prestigious golf resort in Wishaw, Warwickshire, near Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, England. ... A view of the hills Burton Dassett Hills Country Park is a country park in south-eastern Warwickshire, England. ... Compton Verney House (grid reference SP312529) is an 18th century country mansion at Compton Verney in Warwickshire which has been converted into an art gallery. ... Compton Wynyates, Warwickshire, circa 1925 Compton Wynyates is a country house in Warwickshire, England. ... Coombe Abbey is a historic mansion house and country park in Warwickshire, England. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Coventry Canal near Fradley Coventry Canal viewed from Foleshill Rd The Coventry Canal is a narrow canal in the Midlands of England. ... Draycote Reservoir is a drinking water storage facility near the village Dunchurch in Warwickshire, England, owned and operated by Severn Trent Water. ... The canal at Braunston The Grand Union Canal is a canal in England and part of the British canal system. ... The James Gilbert Rugby Football Museum is a rugby football museum in the town centre of Rugby in Warwickshire, near Rugby School. ... The castle, as seen from the gatehouse Kenilworth Castle is in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England. ... Kingsbury Water Park is a country park in north Warwickshire, England. ... Ladywalk Reserve is a nature reserve on the River Tame, in north Warwickshire, owned by Powergen, but leased to and operated by the West Midland Bird Club. ... The Lunt Roman Fort was a Roman fort, of unknown name, in the Roman province of Britannia. ... The Lord Leycester hospital, viewed from the east. ... Panorama of Ragley Hall Ragley Hall (grid reference SP073555) is located south of Alcester, Warwickshire, eight miles west of Stratford-upon-Avon. ... The River Avon or Avon is a river in or adjoining the counties of Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire in the midlands of England. ... The Rollright Stones is the name of a complex of megalithic monuments in England, divided between the counties of Oxfordshire and Warwickshire, near the village of Long Compton. ... The Rugby Art Gallery and Museum is a combined art gallery and museum located in central Rugby, Warwickshire. ... A view of Rugby School from The Close, the playing field where according to legend Rugby was invented Rugby School, located in the town of Rugby, Warwickshire, is one of the oldest public schools in England and is one of the major co-educational boarding schools in the country. ... One of the pools and one of the car parks at Ryton Pool Ryton Pools, by one of the pools Photo of one of the pools from the top of a high bank on one side of the pool A shale path in the park Ryton Pools Country Park is... The east front of Warwick Castle as painted by Canaletto in 1752. ... The University of Warwick coat of arms The University of Warwick is one of the leading universities in the United Kingdom. ...

External links

  • Warwick Chamber of Trade - An invaluable reference to the unspoilt town of Warwick
  • Warwickshire County Council

See also

  • Gallery of Warwickshire images

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