The earliest part of St Michael’s is the 12th-century nave. The church was subsequently enlarged with the additions of the north and south aisles towards the end of the 12th century, and enlarged again with much rebuilding during the 13th century. In the middle of the 13th century a chapel was built with a priest’s chamber above it; it still has its fireplace and remains of its garderobe, or latrine. The church is very close to the site of the Civil War battle of Edgehill and it is thought that many of those who died that day are buried here. There is a rare tombstone of the time in the churchyard, to a Royalist called Captain Gourdin.
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The sparkle of sunlight on a gentle river as it meanders through beautiful countryside; the reflections of sailing boats on a lake; relaxing with a pint in the garden of an old English pub in a picturesque village; brightly coloured narrow boats making their way through a flight of lock gates; the imposing silhouette of an historic castle. These are the scenes that make Warwickshire a delight.
There may be few seriously high hills in this fertile plain, but it is an area full of attractive walking in rolling countryside, blessed with a fascinating history and wonderful places and buildings to visit. This is Shakespeare’s county, and the footprint of the famous Bard appears almost everywhere. He was born and brought up around the beautiful Warwickshire town of Stratford-upon-Avon, and many of his plays draw upon his own experiences in the area.
Warwickshire has a history that embraces the Civil War, castles and large country houses are scattered over the county. Warwick Castle is the home of the Earl of Warwick, Kenilworth Castle was a stronghold for lords and kings of England in the 11th and 12th centuries, and so the list goes on.
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