Warwick: An ancient town in central England
This evening, I am posting information on the historic, central England town of Warwick (pronounced 'Worrick'). Population is about 32,000 and location approximately one hundred miles N.W. of London.
- A market town and county town (administrative centre) for Warwickshire.
- Situated on banks of the River Avon.
- Close to Royal Leamington Spa.
- Evidence of unbroken habitation from the 6th century onwards.It was a Saxon burh in the 9th century. (A burh was a defended settlement, principally in response to Viking attacks.)
- The famous castle was built during the Norman conquest of England (11th/12th centuries). Today, this castle is one of England's top visitor attractions.The castle evolved from a military fortress to a residential mansion.
- In 1694 an extensive fire destroyed most of the town.As a consequence, many of the buildings now existing post date the fire.
- The Industrial Revolution by-passed Warwick notwithstanding which the population has grown around sixfold since 1801.
- The town is home to a prestigious university and a race course (horse racing).
River Avon flowing past Warwick Castle
Part of Warwick Castle
Warwick can be reached by road, bus or train. There is an airport at Birmingham, about thirty five miles to the N.W.