Atherstone

Atherstone is a market town in north Warwickshire, which dates from Anglo-Saxon times. Situated on Watling Street, it lies a mile west of the first century Roman fort at Mancetter, and close to a west-east packhorse route which linked Bristol and Lincoln. At the Norman Conquest the land at Atherstone formed part of the estates of the Countess of Mercia, Lady Godiva, but was given by William the Conqueror to his nephew, Hugh, Earl of Chester.
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