Ashow is a village hidden away down a cul-de-sac near Stoneleigh Abbey. The charming timber-framed cottages have been altered since 1900, which caused me some problems in identifying them. Many of the low thatched rooves have been raised and tiled.
The Long Row
One row is called – very appropriately – ‘The Long Row’. This was rebuilt in the 1970s using old materials on the footprint of the old cottages. The other row of cottages has had the end wall rebuilt (hiding or replacing the timber frame).
The footbridge over the Avon at Ashow (which still survives) is reached down a footpath leading out of the village through the churchyard. The Avon here is large and placid, with weeds growing in it. The banks are overgrown and trees have grown up. The footpath goes south towards Blackdown and Leamington.
A trip down the River Avon revisited
This is part of a series of ‘before and after’ photographs based on the Rev. E.N. Dew’s lantern slides for a talk about the Warwickshire Avon.