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The Newburgh Earldom of Warwick and its Charters: 1088 - 1253
The Dugdale Society launched its latest publication on Monday: The Newburgh Earldom of Warwick and its charters: 1088 – 1253, edited by David Crouch with an introduction and appendix by ...
Embroidery and Elephants
In recent decades, the focus of archivists and conservators has moved beyond the text alone and we have begun to realise the importance and historical value of the book as ...
Ludovic Greville’s Dark Deeds
I volunteer at Warwickshire County Record Office and my current volunteer project, which I have now been working on for about a year, involves CR2028, a collection received in 1980. Bundles ...
Henry Beauchamp, the King From Warwickshire!
I wonder how many people who cross The Solent to holiday on the Isle of Wight, or for that matter how many residents of the Garden Isle, know that the ...
Baddesley Clinton: an Unusual Burial
Baddesley Clinton is a moated manor house in the care of the National Trust with a fascinating history. On a recent visit I was entertained by musicians in Tudor costume ...
The Warwick Gittern
Constructed 1280-1330 with later additions Until 50 or 60 years ago, Warwick was home to one of the best preserved English medieval wooden instruments surviving in modern times. The ‘Warwick Gittern’, whose main ...
Anne Hathaway's Cottage
William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway in 1582 at Temple Grafton Church. He was 18 years old whilst she was 25 and three months’ pregnant, quite common in those days. Her ...
Guy of Warwick: A Very English Hero
Guy of Warwick is one of those figures, like Robin Hood and King Arthur, whose existence is more legend than history. His story has been told and re-told over the ...
Hidden Medieval Houses in West Street, Warwick
Look at some of the houses in West Street, and the brick frontages hint at the type of properties to be found elsewhere in Warwick after the Great Fire. Further ...
Atherstone Bans Tennis!
Transcript Ordinatum est per xii jur’ predictos quod nulli decetero de villata de Atherston’ ludunt ad lusum vocat’ la Teneys sub pena de xld. tociens quociens quod luder’ videntur – Ordered by ...
A Rare Reliquary Lid From Warwickshire
Warwickshire Museum recently acquired this small but stunning object, which was found near Middleton in North Warwickshire by a metal detectorist. It has been dated to the 15th century and ...
Compton Verney Church Granted to St. Mary’s, Warwick
This is a deed announcing the grant of the church of Compton Verney, (referred to as the church of Cutona in the deed), to Saint Mary’s church in Warwick by ...
Property of the Bakers Company
(continued from the Master Bakers of Coventry) The ‘property’ of the Bakers’ Company was handed over to the Corporation of Coventry by Mr Thomas Windridge, c.1908. It consists of: Three books of minutes ...
The Master Bakers of Coventry
On browsing through the minutes of the Coventry & District Master Bakers Association, which are kept in the City Archives, I found many interesting items relating to the bakery trade ...
The Siege of Kenilworth
The Siege of Kenilworth was part of the second Barons` War and lasted from June to December 1266. The 750th anniversary will be celebrated in Kenilworth in September 2016. Historical background In ...
Warwickshire County Record Office’s Oldest Document?
One of the questions most often asked by visitors to Warwickshire County Record Office is ‘how old is our oldest document?’ to which, at least since 1970s, our answer has ...
Harvington Hall and the Throckmortons of Coughton
Harvington Hall in Worcestershire is a fine Elizabethan moated manor house that for many years belonged to the Throckmorton family who are based at Coughton Court in Warwickshire. Sir Robert ...
Old Sir John Spencer of Wormleighton
In 1506, William Cope sold the manor of Wormleighton to his wife’s cousin, John Spencer of Snitterfield beginning a long association between the Spencer family and Wormleighton. John Spencer built a manor ...
Little Virginia in Kenilworth
Near Kenilworth Castle, just off Castle Hill, is a charming group of thatched cottages called ‘Little Virginia’. The name is said to derive from Sir Walter Raleigh’s introduction of potatoes ...
Coventry City Walls and Being 'Sent to Coventry'
Walls surrounded the medieval city of Coventry with 12 gateways and 32 towers made from handsome local red sandstone. The city walls slighted Just before the outbreak of the Civil War in 1642, Charles ...
Historical Street Names: The Butts in Warwick
The name comes from archery: a butt is either the target itself or a mound of earth behind it to safely absorb badly-aimed arrows. Archery was an important part of ...
Brinklow Castle is a motte and bailey castle dating from Norman times, although Chatwin suggests that the Normans could have used a mound already in situ. Situated on the Fosse Way, ...
Joan of Arc, a Banquet, and Richard Beauchamp
The Hundred Years War is a term applied to the intermittent hostilities between England and France during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. One such phase featured Joan of Arc and ...
Henry VIII, a Portrait, and a Visit to Warwick Castle
In 2015, a portrait of King Henry VIII, painted by the studio of Hans Holbein during the lifetime of England’s most iconic king, was sold by Merlin Entertainments at Sothebys ...
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