Mystery Building, Possibly in Warwick

A 1900s trip down the River Avon revisited, part 20.

Mystery photo said to be of Warwick
Courtesy of Warwickshire CC, Rugby Library Local Studies Collection. Warwickshire County Record Office reference PH 827/5/48, photographer Rev E.N.Dew

Rather surprisingly the Rev Dew finished his ‘Trip down the River Avon’ talk in Warwick, rather than continuing on down to the river Severn, though perhaps there was a part two from which the photographs have not survived.)

Can you help us?

The final photo in this series is a puzzle: it was labelled simply ‘Warwick’ in the original catalogue. I assumed it was Westgate until I tried to take an ‘after’ picture today and found it impossible to match things up. And when you look closer the fenestration is wrong for Westgate chapel (and where is the archway under the chapel?) It looks like a church tower covered in creeper but is clearly not St Nicholas Church, nor St Mary’s. The wide pavement and lamp-post suggest a substantial town so perhaps it was actually Leamington Spa or even Stratford (where the Rev. Dew came from). The tall post on the right-hand side suggests a flagpole or something similar. I’m stumped!

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. The original photos date from around 1900 and the linked article explains the history of the photographs.

I would be very grateful if someone can solve the mystery for us.

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