Overview of Warwickshire

Armscote

Armscote is a small attractive Cotswold village on the Gloucestershire/Warwickshire borders with an interesting mix of old and new properties. It has a quintessentially English country pub The Fuzzy Duck -fuzzyduckarmscote.com. Armscote lies approximately 3 miles from Shipston-on-Stour and 6 miles from Moreton-in-Marsh, where there is a mainline train station to London Paddington in approximately 92 minutes. A major event in the history of the village was the visit of George Fox, the famous Quaker founder. The barn that historical events took place in was demolished to make way for a stone meeting house which still stands today.

Ascott

This is a peaceful hamlet with many quality properties. There is a Post Office and shop in nearby Long Compton and Whichford is ½ mile away with a public house, pottery and fine church. Banbury lies 10 miles away with a main line station and M40 access.

Broad Marston

Broad Marston is an attractive hamlet situated approximately 8 miles south west of Stratford-upon-Avon on the borders of Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire. It is within easy reach of the market town of Evesham and the Cotswold centres of Broadway and Chipping Campden. There is a mainline train station at nearby Honeybourne (approximately 2 miles) with excellent rail communications to London Paddington.

Burmington

This is a small village set in rolling countryside on the northern edge of the Gloucestershire Cotswolds and the Warwickshire countryside, and is situated about 1¾ miles to the south of Shipston-on-Stour and about 5 miles north-east of Moreton-in-Marsh. There are shops for everyday needs in Shipston-on-Stour where there is a primary school, with the larger centres of Stratford-upon-Avon and Banbury within 12 miles. In the area there is a wide range of schools to meet most requirements and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre is situated at Stratford-upon-Avon, which is one of the region’s cultural centres. There are regular services to London from Moreton-in-Marsh, the fastest reaching Paddington in about 92 minutes.

Darlingscott

This is a small village in the heart of England set in beautiful countryside on the border between Gloucestershire and Warwickshire comprising mostly period cottages and farm buildings. Shipston-on-Stour is approx. 3 miles and Moreton-in-Marsh is approx. 6 miles, where there is a mainline train station from which trains reach London Paddington in approximately 92 minutes.

Great Wolford

Great Wolford lies in the rolling hills of the north Cotswolds with a Village Inn and Parish Church and is conveniently situated between the towns of Moreton-in-Marsh and Shipston-on-Stour, which provide most of everyday needs. Larger centres of Banbury, Stratford-upon-Avon and Oxford are all within easy reach. There is access to the M40 Motorway at Banbury. There are good train services from Moreton-in-Marsh, reaching Paddington in approx. 92 minutes.

The church in Great Wolford was rebuilt in the 19th century on the foundations of its 12th century predecessor and there is a list of vicars' names dating back from 1257 to the present day. There is a group of bell ringers who are more than happy for visitors to go to rehearsals to watch the changes rung.

The Four Shires Stone is a stone monolith situated about 1.5 miles from Great Wolford where Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire used to meet until county boundary changes. It now marks the county boundaries of Warwickshire, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire.

Halford

This is an attractive South Warwickshire village situated on the River Stour, a tributary of the Avon. It is conveniently situated on the A429 giving easy access to Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick and the M40 (Junction 15). It has a church, garage/general store and the Halford Bridge Hotel, a historical local inn.

The old Roman Fosse Way (A429) forms part of the road to Warwick and runs through the parish.

Ilmington

This is a pretty North Cotswold village with some lovely stone built cottages and houses set in attractive lanes situated in the southern tip of Warwickshire. It has a General Stores, two public houses, and primary school. Other local towns areShipston-on-Stour (4 miles), Stratford-upon-Avon (8 miles), Chipping Campden (4 miles), Moreton-in-Marsh (8 miles) and Broadway (12 miles). There is a main line train service to London Paddington in approx. 92 minutes.

Apparently in 1934 the Royal Christmas Message broadcast by King George V of England was relayed worldwide from Ilmington Manor. This was then home of the Flower family.

Little Wolford

This is a small village situated in the rolling hills of the north Cotswolds and is close to the Gloucestershire/Oxfordshire borders. Both Shipston-on-Stour (4 miles) and Moreton-in-Marsh (4½ miles) have facilities for everyday needs. There are good train services to Paddington from Moreton in approx. 92 minutes.

Long Compton

This is an attractive Cotswold stone South Warwickshire village close to the Oxfordshire border situated on the eastern edge of the Cotswold Hills. Within the village there is a 13th Century Anglo-Saxon church (St. Peter and St. Paul) with 16th Century lychgate, Post Office and stores, The Red Lion public house, a bridal shop and primary school. The local towns of Moreton-in-Marsh, Chipping Norton and Shipston-on-Stour provide a good selection of local shops, schools and recreational facilities, with the larger centres of Stratford-upon-Avon, Cheltenham, Oxford and Banbury being accessible. The area is served by a network of main roads including the A3400 (Oxford to Stratford-upon-Avon) which runs through the village. Junction 11 of the M40 motorway is at Banbury. There are main line stations at Banbury, Kingham and Moreton-in-Marsh with services south to Oxford and London.

The village many years ago was well known for witchcraft. Many locals believe that the power of witches continued until well into the 20th-century. The Rollright Stones are situated at the top of the hill above the village.

Middle Tysoe

This is a busy South Warwickshire village with good range of shops and amenities. There is St. Mary’s Church dating from Saxon times. Tysoe is a border Parish adjoining Oxfordshire, made up of three villages, Upper, Middle and Lower Tysoe. Other local centres are Shipston-on-Stour (6 miles), Banbury (9 miles), Moreton-in-Marsh (13 miles) and Warwick (15 miles).

Shipston-on-Stour

Shipston-on-Stour is a thriving market town surrounded by pretty south Warwickshire countryside. It has a broad selection of retail and commercial businesses, which cater for a wide rural catchment area and is well situated for communications, with the M40 junction 10 miles away. There are good train services from Moreton-in-Marsh (7 miles) reaching Paddington in about 92 minutes. Other major centres within easy reach include Oxford, Warwick, Coventry and Birmingham.

The name ‘Shipston-on-Stour’ was known in ancient times as 'Sheep-wash-Town'. The town used to be an important sheep market town and even when the demand for local wool started to diminish the town continued to thrive due to the opening of a branch line in 1836 from the horse-powered tramway which was built a decade before linking Stratford-upon-Avon with Moreton-in-Marsh.

Stourton

Stourton is in an area of outstanding natural beauty at the northern tip of the Cotswolds. There are good shops and amenities in the market towns of Shipston-on-Stour (approx. 4 miles) and Moreton-in-Marsh (approx. 5 miles). Other larger centres within easy reach include Stratford-upon-Avon, Banbury and Oxford. There are good train services to London from Moreton-in-Marsh, the fastest reaching Paddington in about 92 minutes.

Sutton-under-Brailes

Sutton-under-Brailes is predominantly a stone built village in the valley of the River Stour situated in an area of outstanding natural Beauty. Many of the properties are set around the village green. Brailes is the nearest large village (1.5 miles) where there are local shops, garage, junior school and two public houses. Other local towns are Shipston on Stour (5 miles), Banbury (11 miles), Stratford-upon-Avon (15 miles) and Warwick (22 miles). A mainline rail service to London can be found at both Banbury and Moreton in Marsh (8 miles). The M40 which links Oxford with Birmingham has junctions at Banbury and Gaydon (14 miles).

Tredington

This is an attractive South Warwickshire village with a mixture of period stone and brick cottages. It has a pub, church and a junior school. It is within easy reach of Shipston-on-Stour (2 miles) which has a selection of shops, banks, schools and recreational facilities. Mainline train services to London Paddington from both Stratford-upon-Avon (8 miles) and Moreton-in-Marsh (8 miles), the fastest service being about 92 minutes.

The River Stour runs through the village.

The church, St. Gregory’s, apparently has the tallest spire in Warwickshire and also apparently has bullet marks left from the English Civil War.

Tysoe

Tysoe is a busy South Warwickshire village containing several 17th century buildings, and has a good range of shops and amenities. There is a primary school which was extended in 2005 and a church dedicated to St. Mary dating back to the 11th century.

Tysoe is a border parish adjoining Oxfordshire, made up of three villages, Upper, Middle and Lower Tysoe. Other local centres are Shipston-on-Stour (6 miles), Banbury (9 miles), Moreton-in-Marsh (13 miles) and Warwick (15 miles).

The agricultural trade unionist, Joseph Ashby, was born in the village in 1859. His biography was written by his daughter Kathleen Ashby, who was a teacher and historian.

Whichford

Whichford is a picturesque North Cotswold village with a village green and a public house, The Norman Knight, a pottery and a Norman Church (St. Michael’s). Mainline trains can be found at both Moreton-in-Marsh (approx. 8 miles) and Banbury (approx. 10 miles).