Castles monuments in Warwickshire
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Castles & Ancient Monuments in Warwickshire

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Warwickshire Ancient Monuments, Castles, Roman Forts, Battlefield Sites, etc

blank tabPOLESWORTH ABBEY & ST EDITHA CHURCHCastles & Historic Monuments
Location: Situated in the centre of Polesworth, accessed through the ancient Abbey gateway or along the riverside footpath. 
Historical sources state that Editha, Princess of Mercia, founded Polesworth Abbey in the 9th century.

Today, the ruins of the Abbey Cloister and the two storey Medieval gateway has recently been restored. The Abbey Church later converted to the Parish Church of St Editha, consists of a nave, dating back to the 12th century, chancel, north aisle, porch and a tower north of the chancel.

Polesworth Abbey is ideally located, just a stones throw from Tamworth castle, and only a 12-minute drive from the centre of Tamworth! Close to the Staffordshire border and many other attractions in the area.
Establishment Facilities for petsSmoking FacilitiesWiFi FacilitiesTel: 01827 892340
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Astley Church & Castle

Location: Situated in the village of Astley just off the B4102

Once a fortified manor house and still surrounded by a moat, Astley Castle was built during the reign of Edward I but dismantled upon the Duke of Suffolk's attainder. It was home to the ill-fated Lady Jane Grey, who was beheaded after being Queen for only nine days. Although it was later rebuilt and then restored, it is no longer open to the public following a fire. Both Astley Castle and the neighbouring Church featured in George Eliot's novel 'Mr Gilfil's Love Story' . The Church, which is where her parents married, was known as 'Knebley Church' and the Castle as 'Knebley Abbey'.

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Canal Blacksmith's Shop

Location: Situated next to the Coventry Canal, outside Hartshill

The former blacksmith's workshop, which is located in a building over 200 years old, was an important part of the canal maintenance yard up until 1948. Amongst the items on display in the restored building, include anvils and tools required to provide various metal parts (including nuts and bolts) to maintain the operation of the canal. One of the Blacksmiths duties was to maintain and wind the yards fine Tower Clock. The clock, which is a local landmark, has since been restored and is now as good as new.

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Hartshill Castle

The Norman's left their mark on North Warwickshire, using the existing road system to build castles to subdue and pacify the local English! The remains of one Norman motte and bailey castle can still be seen in woods below the centre of Hartshill. The village itself was the birthplace of poet Michael Drayton in 1563, who is buried in Westminster Abbey.

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Kenilworth Castle

Kenilworth, CV8 1NE
Tel: 01926 852078    Fax: 01926 851514

An English Heritage Property in Kenilworth. The ruined glory of Elizabethan England. Discover a past, rich with the famous names and events of history. Wander through rooms used lavishly to entertain Queen Elizabeth I and hear of extravagant water pageants and the siege of 1266. Spectacular views from Saint Lowe Tower. Tudor Garden. Audio tour available. Refreshments. Toilets. Free parking.

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Mancetter Roman Site

(no visible remains)

The village of Mancetter near Atherstone, has long been known as the site of a significant and large Roman fortress and nearby villa. Some archaeologists believe that this was home to the fourteenth Roman legion and that Queen Boadicea (Boudicca) met her fate outside the fort in the Anker Valley. Previous excavation by Atherstone Archaeological and Historical Society were abandoned on order of English Heritage when skeletons believed to be Saxon were revealed. Both of the sites are now classified as Ancient Monuments, and development of the site is not permitted.

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Old Market Hall

Location: Situated in the centre of Coleshill, near to the Church of St Peter and St Paul.
Tel: 01675 465 557

Toilets, kitchen, function room for hire, Civic Society lecture/events programme Having undergone extensive restoration by Coleshill Civic Society, the Old Market Hall was opened by the Duke of Gloucester in May 1999. The building has seen a variety of uses including a Victorian reading room, a Magistrates Court, and a weekly market. Today, the building with its magnificent roof trusses and market arches, houses a heritage centre and exhibition area, together with a large function hall. The restored town stocks which stand outside the hall, are unique in Warwickshire as they also combine a pillory and whipping post, and were reputedly last used in 1863.

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Warwick Castle

Warwick, CV34 4QU
Tel: 0871 265 2000     E-mail:

Experience history in every sense. Warwick Castle, with its magnificent towers and ramparts, offers visitors over 1000 years of history. The chilling dungeon contrasts with the elegant splendour of the State Rooms, baronial Great Hall and 'Royal Weekend Party, 1898' attractions. Visitors can experience the sights, smells and sounds of medieval life in 'Kingmaker - a preparation for battle' attraction, or visit the eerie Ghost Tower. In our 'Death or Glory' attraction visitors can feel the weight of a sword and see how the longbow was used to devastating effect. The Mill and Engine House is now open - discover how electricity was created to light up the whole Castle in 1900.

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Wellesbourne Watermill

Kineton Road, Wellesbourne, Warwick, CV35 9HG
Tel: 01789 471523     E-mail:

6 miles east of Stratford off B4086 from Wellesbourne to Kineton. Visitors to this award-winning, historic watermill see the mill's machinery driven by one of the country's largest wooden waterwheels. There are regular demonstrations of how stone-ground flour is milled. Coracles are used on the millpond, a tranquil haven for wildlife. No visit is complete without sampling, in the tearooms, scones and cakes baked with the mill's flour. The grounds and tearooms are accessible by wheelchair but unfortunately the watermill is not.

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