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Warwickshire
Warwickshire
(/ˈwɒrɪkʃər, -ʃɪər/ ( listen); abbreviated Warks) is a landlocked county in the West Midlands of England. The county town is Warwick, although the largest town is Nuneaton. The county is famous for being the birthplace of William Shakespeare.[2] The county is divided into five districts of North Warwickshire, Nuneaton
Nuneaton
and Bedworth, Rugby, Warwick
Warwick
and Stratford-on-Avon. The current county boundaries were set in 1974 by the Local Government Act 1972. The historic county boundaries include Coventry
Coventry
and Solihull, as well as much of Birmingham.

Contents

1 Geography

1.1 Arden and Felden 1.2 Historic boundaries 1.3 Green belt

2 Settlements 3 History

3.1 Boundary changes

4 Economy 5 Local government

5.1 County
County
council

6 Education 7 Transport

7.1 Roads 7.2 Rail 7.3 Honeybourne Line 7.4 Air 7.5 Canals and waterways

8 Places of interest 9 Sports teams

9.1 Association football 9.2 Cricket 9.3 Gaelic sports 9.4 Hockey 9.5 Polo

10 Freedom of county 11 People 12 See also 13 References 14 External links

Geography[edit] The county is bordered by Leicestershire
Leicestershire
to the northeast, Staffordshire
Staffordshire
to the northwest, Worcestershire
Worcestershire
and the West Midlands to the west, Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire
to the east and southeast, Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire
to the southwest and Oxfordshire
Oxfordshire
to the south. The northern tip of the county is only 3 miles (5 km) from the Derbyshire
Derbyshire
border. An average-sized English county covering an area of almost 2,000 km2, it runs some 60 miles (97 km) north to south. Equivalently it extends as far north as Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
in Shropshire
Shropshire
and as far south as Banbury
Banbury
in north Oxfordshire. The majority of Warwickshire's population live in the north and centre of the county. The market towns of northern and eastern Warwickshire were industrialised in the 19th century, and include Atherstone, Bedworth, Nuneaton, and Rugby. Of these, Atherstone
Atherstone
has retained most of its original character. Major industries included coal mining, textiles, engineering and cement production, but heavy industry is in decline, being replaced by distribution centres, light to medium industry and services. Of the northern and eastern towns, only Nuneaton
Nuneaton
and Rugby (as the birthplace of rugby football) are well-known outside of Warwickshire. The prosperous towns of central and western Warwickshire
Warwickshire
including Royal Leamington Spa, Warwick, Stratford-upon-Avon, Kenilworth, Alcester
Alcester
and Wellesbourne
Wellesbourne
harbour light to medium industries, services and tourism as major employment sectors. The north of the county, bordering Staffordshire
Staffordshire
and Leicestershire, is mildly undulating countryside and the northernmost village, No Man's Heath, is only 34 miles (55 km) south of the Peak District National Park's southernmost point. The south of the county is largely rural and sparsely populated, and includes a small area of the Cotswolds, at the border with northwest Gloucestershire. The only town in the south of Warwickshire
Warwickshire
is Shipston-on-Stour. The highest point in the county, at 261 m (856 ft), is Ebrington Hill, again on the border with Gloucestershire, grid reference SP187426 at the county's southwest extremity.[3] There are no cities in Warwickshire
Warwickshire
since both Coventry
Coventry
and Birmingham were incorporated into the West Midlands county in 1974 and are now metropolitan authorities in themselves. The largest towns in Warwickshire
Warwickshire
in 2011 were: Nuneaton
Nuneaton
(pop. 81,900), Rugby (70,600), Leamington Spa
Leamington Spa
(49,500), Bedworth
Bedworth
(32,500), Warwick
Warwick
(30,100), Stratford (25,500) and Kenilworth
Kenilworth
(22,400). Arden and Felden[edit] Much of western Warwickshire, including that area now forming part of Coventry, Solihull
Solihull
and Birmingham, was covered by the ancient Forest of Arden (most of which was cut down to provide fuel for industrialisation). Thus the names of a number of places in the central-western part of Warwickshire
Warwickshire
end with the phrase "-in-Arden", such as Henley-in-Arden, Hampton-in-Arden
Hampton-in-Arden
and Tanworth-in-Arden. The remaining area, not part of the forest, was called the Felden – from fielden. Historic boundaries[edit] Areas historically part of Warwickshire
Warwickshire
include Coventry, Solihull, Sutton Coldfield, Erdington, and some of Birmingham
Birmingham
including Aston and Edgbaston. These became part of the metropolitan county of West Midlands (and Sutton Coldfield became part of Birmingham) following local government re-organisation in 1974. In 1986 the West Midlands County
County
Council was abolished and Birmingham, Coventry, and Solihull
Solihull
became effective unitary authorities, however the West Midlands county name has not been altogether abolished, and still exists for ceremonial purposes, and so the town and two cities remain outside Warwickshire. Some organisations, such as Warwickshire
Warwickshire
County
County
Cricket Club, which is based in Edgbaston, in Birmingham, still observe the historic county boundaries. The flag of the historic county was registered in October 2016. It is a design of a bear and ragged staff on a red field, which is long associated with the county.[4][5] Coventry
Coventry
is effectively in the centre of the Warwickshire
Warwickshire
area, and still has strong ties with the county. Coventry
Coventry
and Warwickshire
Warwickshire
are sometimes treated as a single area and share a single Chamber of Commerce and BBC Local Radio Station (BBC Coventry
Coventry
& Warwickshire). Coventry
Coventry
has been a part of Warwickshire
Warwickshire
for only some of its history. In 1451 Coventry
Coventry
was separated from Warwickshire
Warwickshire
and made a county corporate in its own right, called the County
County
of the City of Coventry. In 1842 the county of Coventry
Coventry
was abolished and Coventry
Coventry
was remerged with Warwickshire. In recent times, there have been calls to formally re-introduce Coventry
Coventry
into Warwickshire, although nothing has yet come of this. The county's population would increase by almost a third-of-a-million overnight should this occur, Coventry
Coventry
being the UK's 11th largest city. The town of Tamworth was historically divided between Warwickshire
Warwickshire
and Staffordshire, but since 1888 has been fully in Staffordshire. In 1931, Warwickshire
Warwickshire
gained the town of Shipston-on-Stour
Shipston-on-Stour
from Worcestershire
Worcestershire
and several villages, including Long Marston and Welford-on-Avon, from Gloucestershire. Green belt[edit] Main article: West Midlands Green Belt Warwickshire
Warwickshire
contains a large expanse of green belt area, surrounding the West Midlands and Coventry
Coventry
conurbations, and was first drawn up from the 1950s. All the county's districts contain some portion of the belt. Settlements[edit] Main article: List of places in Warwickshire Further information: List of Warwickshire
Warwickshire
towns by population, List of wards in Warwick
Warwick
district by population, List of wards in Rugby borough by population, List of wards in North Warwickshire
North Warwickshire
by population, List of wards in Nuneaton and Bedworth
Nuneaton and Bedworth
by population, and List of wards in Stratford district by population The following towns and villages in Warwickshire
Warwickshire
have populations of over 5,000.

Alcester Atherstone Bedworth Bidford-on-Avon Bulkington Coleshill Henley-in-Arden Kenilworth Leamington Spa Nuneaton Polesworth Rugby Shipston-on-Stour Southam Stratford-upon-Avon Studley Warwick Wellesbourne Whitnash

History[edit]

Warwickshire
Warwickshire
in 1832

Stratford-upon-Avon

Kenilworth
Kenilworth
Castle

Main article: History of Warwickshire Warwickshire
Warwickshire
came into being as a division of the kingdom of Mercia
Mercia
in the early 11th century. The first reference to Warwickshire
Warwickshire
was in 1001, as Wæringscīr named after Warwick
Warwick
(meaning "dwellings by the weir"). During the Middle Ages
Middle Ages
Warwickshire
Warwickshire
was dominated by Coventry, which was at the time one of the most important cities in England
England
due to its textiles trade in the heart of England. Warwickshire
Warwickshire
played a key part in the English Civil War, with the Battle of Edgehill
Battle of Edgehill
and other skirmishes taking place in the county. During the Industrial Revolution Warwickshire
Warwickshire
became one of Britain's foremost industrial counties, with the large industrial cities of Birmingham
Birmingham
and Coventry within its boundaries. Boundary changes[edit]

1844: The Counties (Detached Parts) Act transferred a township to, and two parishes from, the county. 1888: Those parts of the town of Tamworth lying in Warwickshire
Warwickshire
were ceded to Staffordshire. 1891: Harborne
Harborne
became part of the County
County
Borough of Birmingham
Birmingham
and thus was transferred from Staffordshire
Staffordshire
to Warwickshire
Warwickshire
by the Local Govt. Bd.'s Prov. Orders Conf. (No. 13) Act, 54 & 55 Vic. c. 161 (local act). 1891: The district of Balsall Heath, which had originally constituted the most northerly part of the Parish of King's Norton
King's Norton
in Worcestershire, was added to the County
County
Borough of Birmingham, and therefore Warwickshire, on 1 October 1891. 1909: Quinton was formally removed from Worcestershire
Worcestershire
and incorporated into the County
County
Borough of Birmingham, then in Warwickshire, on 9 November 1909. 1911: The Urban District of Handsworth, in Staffordshire, and the Rural District of Yardley along with the greater part of the Urban District of King's Norton
King's Norton
and Northfield, both in Worcestershire, were absorbed into Birmingham, and thus Warwickshire, as part of the Greater Birmingham
Birmingham
Scheme on 9 November 1911. 1928: Perry Barr
Perry Barr
Urban District was ceded to Birmingham
Birmingham
from Staffordshire. 1931: The boundaries between Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, and Worcestershire
Worcestershire
were adjusted by the Provisional Order Confirmation (Gloucestershire, Warwickshire
Warwickshire
and Worcestershire) Act which transferred 26 parishes between the three counties, largely to eliminate exclaves. The town of Shipston-on-Stour
Shipston-on-Stour
was gained from Worcestershire
Worcestershire
and several villages, including Long Marston and Welford-on-Avon, from Gloucestershire. 1974: Under The Local Government Act 1972, Birmingham, Coventry, Solihull
Solihull
and Sutton Coldfield were ceded to the new West Midlands county, with Sutton Coldfield becoming part of Birmingham.

Economy[edit] This is a chart of trend of regional gross value added of Warwickshire at current basic prices published (pp. 240–253) by Office for National Statistics with figures in millions of British Pounds Sterling.

Year Regional Gross Value Added[1] Agriculture[2] Industry[3] Services[4]

1995 5,063 153 1,717 3,193

2000 7,150 125 2,196 4,829

2003 8,142 159 2,054 5,928

Footnotes:

^ components may not sum to totals due to rounding ^ includes hunting and forestry ^ includes energy and construction ^ includes financial intermediation services indirectly measured

Video game developing company Codemasters
Codemasters
is based in Warwickshire. Local government[edit] Like most English shire counties, Warwickshire
Warwickshire
has a two-tier structure of local government. Warwickshire
Warwickshire
is divided into five districts each with their own district councils. These districts are: North Warwickshire, Nuneaton
Nuneaton
and Bedworth, Rugby, Stratford, and Warwick
Warwick
(see map). The county and district councils are responsible for providing different services. Atherstone
Atherstone
is the headquarters of the North Warwickshire
North Warwickshire
district, Nuneaton
Nuneaton
is headquarters of the Nuneaton and Bedworth
Nuneaton and Bedworth
District and Leamington Spa
Leamington Spa
is the headquarters of the Warwick
Warwick
district. In addition many small towns and villages have their own parish councils although these have only limited powers. Warwickshire
Warwickshire
is policed by the Warwickshire
Warwickshire
Police. The force is governed by the elected Warwickshire Police
Warwickshire Police
and Crime Commissioner. County
County
council[edit] The county also has a county council based in Warwick
Warwick
which is elected every four years. The last election was held on 4 May 2017 and resulted in conservative control, a change from the 2009 result where the Conservative Party controlled the county. The county council operates a cabinet-style council. The county council is made of 62 councillors, who decide upon the budget and appoints the council leader. The council leader selects 2 to 9 councillors and together they form the cabinet. The Leader assigns portfolios on which cabinet members make decisions. Key decisions are made by the whole cabinet while others are made only by the portfolio holders for relevant areas.[6] In the 2017 local elections the Conservative Party took control of the Warwickshire
Warwickshire
County
County
Council. Education[edit] See also: List of schools in Warwickshire In the state sector, children start school in the school year in which they turn five. They stay at primary school for seven years (although this varies even within the county, as some people have previously gone for four years and then spent another four years at a 'middle school') until they are eleven. Warwickshire
Warwickshire
is one of the few local authorities in England
England
to still maintain the grammar school system in two districts: Stratford-on-Avon and Rugby, although Southam
Southam
claims to have a comprehensive school. In the final year of primary school, children are given the opportunity of sitting the 11-plus exam to compete for a place at one of the grammar schools, with two in Stratford and Rugby and one in Alcester; these are: Stratford-upon-Avon
Stratford-upon-Avon
Grammar School for Girls; King Edward VI School, a boys' school; Lawrence Sheriff Grammar School for Boys, in Rugby, as well as, Rugby High School for Girls and Alcester
Alcester
Grammar School (mixed). The exam is sat on three different days and consists of two verbal reasoning and mathematics papers and one extended writing paper. To maintain standards, there is a bank of papers that are used in rotation. In 2006, it was revealed in a local newspaper, the Stratford Herald, that some private 11-plus tutors had copies of the exam papers and that they were using them as practice papers for their pupils. This meant that, in some cases, pupils sitting the exam had seen the paper in advance.[citation needed] Warwickshire
Warwickshire
contains four colleges of further education; North Warwickshire
Warwickshire
& Hinckley College which has main colleges based in Nuneaton
Nuneaton
and the Leicestershire
Leicestershire
town of Hinckley with smaller colleges based around North Warwickshire, King Edward VI Sixth Form College (K.E.G.S) in Nuneaton, Stratford-upon-Avon
Stratford-upon-Avon
College and Warwickshire College, an institution made up of six main separate colleges that have merged (Leamington Centre, Rugby Centre, Moreton Morrell Centre, Pershore College, Henley-in-Arden
Henley-in-Arden
Centre and the Trident Centre in Warwick). There are also five independent schools within the county, namely: Rugby School, Warwick
Warwick
School, Princethorpe College, Kingsley School in Leamington Spa, and the King's High School For Girls, Warwick. King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon
Stratford-upon-Avon
still uses 13th century school buildings and is the likely school of William Shakespeare, Rugby School
Rugby School
was founded in 1567 and Warwick
Warwick
School was founded c. 914 AD, which makes it the oldest surviving boys' school in the country. Rugby School
Rugby School
is one of nine schools that were defined as the "great" English public schools by the Public Schools Act 1868, and is a member of the Rugby Group. Rugby School, Princethorpe College
Princethorpe College
and Warwick School are HMC schools, with the Headmaster from each school attending the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference. In 2011, Warwickshire
Warwickshire
members of the union NUT supported action by staff at Coventry's Tile Hill Wood School, in opposition to the government's programme of Academies.[7][8] There are no universities per se in Warwickshire, though the University of Warwick
Warwick
forms part of the border with Warwickshire
Warwickshire
on the southern edge of the city of Coventry. However, the university has a small campus near Wellesbourne
Wellesbourne
which houses the Warwick Horticultural Research Centre and an Innovation Centre. Transport[edit] Roads[edit] Several major motorways run through Warwickshire. These include:

The M40 motorway, which connects London
London
to Birmingham, runs through the centre of the county, and serves Leamington Spa, Warwick, and Stratford. The M6 motorway, which connects northwestern England
England
and the West Midlands to the M1 motorway
M1 motorway
(and then on to London), runs through the north of Warwickshire, and serves Rugby, Nuneaton and Bedworth
Nuneaton and Bedworth
on its way to Birmingham. The M69 Coventry
Coventry
to Leicester
Leicester
motorway, which serves Nuneaton. Other motorways pass briefly through Warwickshire
Warwickshire
including the M45 (a short spur south of Rugby connecting to the M1), the southern end of the M6 Toll, and the M42, which passes through the county at several points.

Other major trunk routes in Warwickshire
Warwickshire
includes the A45 (Rugby-Coventry- Birmingham
Birmingham
and east into Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire
route). The A46 (connects the M40 to the M6 via Warwick, Kenilworth
Kenilworth
and Coventry), the A452 (Leamington to Birmingham
Birmingham
route) and the A5 runs through Warwickshire
Warwickshire
passing Nuneaton
Nuneaton
between Tamworth and Hinckley (at Atherstone). Rail[edit] See also: Category:Railway stations in Warwickshire Two major railway lines pass through Warwickshire.

The Chiltern Main Line, the former Great Western route from London
London
to Birmingham
Birmingham
passes through the centre of Warwickshire
Warwickshire
on a route similar to the M40 motorway, and has stations at Leamington Spa, Warwick, (and Warwick
Warwick
Parkway), Hatton and Lapworth. Rail services are provided by Chiltern Railways
Chiltern Railways
and West Midlands Trains
West Midlands Trains
( Birmingham
Birmingham
to Leamington only). There are also two branches off the Chiltern line, one from Leamington to Coventry, and another from Hatton near Warwick to Stratford.

The WCML at Rugby

The West Coast Main Line
West Coast Main Line
(WCML) runs through Warwickshire. At Rugby the WCML splits into two parts, one runs west through to Coventry
Coventry
and Birmingham, and the other the Trent Valley Line
Trent Valley Line
runs north-west towards Stafford and the north-west of England. This section has stations at Nuneaton, Atherstone, and Polesworth
Polesworth
(North bound services only). There is one branch off the WCML from Nuneaton
Nuneaton
to Coventry, and there are stations at Bermuda Park, Bedworth
Bedworth
and Coventry
Coventry
Arena on this branch.

Other railway lines in Warwickshire
Warwickshire
include the Birmingham-Nuneaton section of the Birmingham
Birmingham
to Peterborough
Peterborough
Line, which continues east of Nuneaton
Nuneaton
towards Leicester
Leicester
and Peterborough. Nuneaton
Nuneaton
has direct services to Birmingham
Birmingham
and Leicester
Leicester
on this line, and there are two intermediate stations at Water Orton and Coleshill in the extreme north-west of the county. There is also a branch line from Birmingham
Birmingham
to Stratford-upon-Avon. This line used to continue southwards to Cheltenham
Cheltenham
but is now a dead-end branch. There is an intermediate station on this line at Henley-in-Arden
Henley-in-Arden
and at several small villages. Stratford also has direct rail services to London
London
via the branch line to Warwick (mentioned earlier). The only major town in Warwickshire
Warwickshire
currently without a station is Kenilworth. The Leamington to Coventry
Coventry
line passes through the town, but the station was closed in the 1960s as part of the Beeching Axe. Following several delays, a replacement station is due to open there in April 2018, with an hourly service to Coventry
Coventry
and to Leamington to be provided by West Midlands Trains. Honeybourne Line[edit] The Honeybourne Line
Honeybourne Line
is being reopened by the Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire
and Warwickshire
Warwickshire
Railway connecting Cheltenham
Cheltenham
Racecourse to Broadway and Honeybourne on the Cotswold Line
Cotswold Line
(which connects with Hereford, Worcester
Worcester
and Oxford, Reading and London
London
Paddington). There is only a short gap to connect many places to Stratford upon Avon with Honeybourne by reopening the line into Warwickshire. There is a good business case to restore the Stratford- Cotswolds
Cotswolds
link line.[9] Air[edit] Coventry
Coventry
Airport is located in the Warwickshire
Warwickshire
village of Baginton. Canals and waterways[edit]

The Oxford Canal
Oxford Canal
at Napton-on-the-Hill

Canals in Warwickshire
Warwickshire
include:

The Grand Union Canal, which runs through Leamington and Warwick
Warwick
and onwards to Birmingham.

The restored Saltisford Canal
Canal
Arm is close to the centre of Warwick, and is now a short branch of the Grand Union Canal. The arm is the remains of the original terminus of the Warwick
Warwick
and Birmingham
Birmingham
Canal and dates back to 1799. The Saltisford Canal
Canal
Trust have restored most of the surviving canal, which is now the mooring for colourful narrowboats and a waterside park open to the public. Over 800 visiting narrowboats come by water to Warwick
Warwick
each year and moor on the arm.Saltisford Canal
Canal
Trust

The Coventry
Coventry
Canal
Canal
which runs through the north of the county from Coventry
Coventry
through Bedworth, Nuneaton, Atherstone, and Polesworth, and then onwards to Tamworth. The Stratford-upon-Avon
Stratford-upon-Avon
Canal
Canal
which runs from the Grand Union west of Warwick
Warwick
to Stratford. The Ashby-de-la-Zouch Canal
Canal
passes briefly through Warwickshire
Warwickshire
from a junction with the Coventry
Coventry
Canal
Canal
at Bedworth. The Oxford
Oxford
Canal, which runs from near Coventry
Coventry
and then eastwards around Rugby, and then through the rural south of the county towards Oxford.

The River Avon is navigable from just north of Stratford. In 1974, the Higher Avon Navigation Trust made a proposal to extend the navigation to Warwick
Warwick
and Leamington, where a junction with the Grand Union Canal would create a new cruising ring. Warwickshire
Warwickshire
County
County
Council believed the scheme to be a catalyst for economic regeneration in the area, but after gauging public support in 2003, decided not to support the plans. The Stratford and Warwick
Warwick
Waterway Trust is still actively pursuing the proposals.[10] Places of interest[edit]

Arbury Hall Battle of Edgehill The Belfry Brinklow Castle British Motor Museum Burton Dassett Hills Caldecotte Park Charlecote Park Charlecote Water Mill Compton Verney House Compton Wynyates Coombe Abbey Coombe Country Park Coughton Court Coventry
Coventry
Canal Draycote Water Grand Union Canal Guy Fawkes House Hartshill
Hartshill
Hayes County
County
Park Hatton Country World James Gilbert Rugby Football Museum Jephson Gardens Kenilworth
Kenilworth
Castle Kingsbury Water Park Ladywalk Reserve Lunt Roman Fort Lord Leycester Hospital Lowsonford Mary Arden's House Midland Air Museum Oxford
Oxford
Canal Ragley Hall River Avon Rollright Stones Royal Pump Rooms Rugby Art Gallery and Museum Rugby School Ryton Pools Country Park St Nicholas Park University of Warwick Warwick
Warwick
Castle Warwick
Warwick
School Wellesbourne
Wellesbourne
Wartime Museum

Sports teams[edit] Association football[edit] Whilst Warwickshire
Warwickshire
does not have any professional football clubs it does still maintain a reasonable number of teams at the non-league level. As of the 2017-2018 season the highest ranking teams are Nuneaton
Nuneaton
Town
Town
and Leamington FC who play in the National League North, the sixth tier of English football. A level below in the Southern Football League Premier Division are Stratford Town. Other clubs include Rugby Town, Bedworth
Bedworth
United, Southam
Southam
United and Racing Club Warwick. All of these are affiliated to the Birmingham
Birmingham
F.A. Until the Local Government Act 1972, which dramatically reduced the size and population of the county, it boasted league sides Aston Villa, Birmingham
Birmingham
City and Coventry
Coventry
City as well as strong non-league sides Solihull
Solihull
Borough and Sutton Coldfield Town. Cricket[edit] Warwickshire
Warwickshire
County
County
Cricket Club play at Edgbaston
Edgbaston
Cricket Ground, Birmingham
Birmingham
(historically part of Warwickshire). Notable English players for the side have been Eric Hollies, M.J.K. Smith, Bob Willis, Dennis Amiss, Jonathan Trott, Ian Bell, Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali
and Chris Woakes. Overseas players have included Alvin Kallicharran, Rohan Kanhai, Brian Lara, Allan Donald
Allan Donald
and Shaun Pollock. In 2014 the club partly severed its links to the county by renaming its Twenty20
Twenty20
side the Birmingham Bears, much to the chagrin of many supporters.[11] Other grounds in modern-day Warwickshire
Warwickshire
which have hosted first-class cricket matches are:

Griff and Coton Ground, Nuneaton
Nuneaton
– 26 matches (most recently 1980) Arlington Avenue, Leamington Spa
Leamington Spa
– 4 matches (most recently 1910) Swan's Nest Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon
Stratford-upon-Avon
– 3 matches (most recently 2005) Weddington Road, Nuneaton
Nuneaton
– 3 matches (most recently 1914)

Gaelic sports[edit] The Warwickshire
Warwickshire
County
County
Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association
Gaelic Athletic Association
(GAA) (or Warwickshire
Warwickshire
GAA) is one of the county boards outside Ireland
Ireland
and is responsible for Gaelic games
Gaelic games
in Warwickshire. The county board is also responsible for the Warwickshire
Warwickshire
inter-county teams. They play their home games at Páirc na hÉireann. Warwickshire
Warwickshire
Schools GAA Board was originally set up in September 2000. It has grown at a very healthy rate such that by May 2007 WSGAA worked in partnership with 28 primary schools, 15 Secondary schools, 2 HE/FE Colleges and 5 local GAA clubs and in total an estimated 2385 young people. The aims of the WSGAA include competition by their elite team in the All-Ireland underage championships. This initiative is a remarkable departure from the traditional way in which British GAA
British GAA
clubs have been organised. Hockey[edit] Warwickshire
Warwickshire
has more clubs than any other county within the Midlands, and has good representation at all levels of the game, and within the Administrative and Officiating Worlds as well. Old Silhillians Hockey Club is the Home of Warwickshire
Warwickshire
hockey, with many fixtures being played on the site, as well as the County
County
Club Minis being played, Junior Academy Centres being coached, and meetings/ County
County
Officials being based at the Silhillians Sports Ground. There are 3 clubs who include the word "Warwickshire" within their names: Olton & West Warwickshire, Coventry
Coventry
& North Warwickshire, and Rugby & East Warwickshire, though it is not certain where these claims to regional areas within the County
County
came from. Warwickshire
Warwickshire
as a hockey County
County
is recognised by the England
England
Hockey Board as the region normally associated with Greater Warwickshire, since the West Midlands is not a hockey region within the EHB world, and hence includes Solihull
Solihull
and Coventry
Coventry
as well as the standard regions. Polo[edit] The Dallas Burston Polo Club is a six pitch polo club located near Southam. It also boasts a 3,000 seat conference centre and events venue. Freedom of county[edit] In March 2014 the freedom of the county was bestowed on the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, the honour was officially bestowed following a parade through Warwick
Warwick
on 6 June 2014.[12] People[edit] Further information: Category:People from Warwickshire Warwickshire
Warwickshire
is perhaps best known for being the birthplace of William Shakespeare from Stratford-upon-Avon. Even today, road signs at the county boundary describe Warwickshire
Warwickshire
as "Shakespeare's County". The county has also produced other famous figures such as Aleister Crowley (from Royal Leamington Spa), George Eliot
George Eliot
(from Nuneaton), Rupert Brooke (from Rugby), and Michael Drayton
Michael Drayton
(from Hartshill). The poet Philip Larkin
Philip Larkin
lived in Warwick
Warwick
(born in nearby Coventry), and Elizabeth Gaskell
Elizabeth Gaskell
went to school in Barford and Stratford. Folk musician Nick Drake, who record for Island records in the late 60s, early 70s, lived and died in Tanworth-in-Arden. See also[edit]

List of Lord Lieutenants of Warwickshire List of High Sheriffs for Warwickshire Custos Rotulorum of Warwickshire – List of Keepers of the Rolls Warwickshire (UK Parliament constituency) – List of MPs for Warwickshire
Warwickshire
constituency 2007 Atherstone
Atherstone
fire Warwickshire
Warwickshire
College W. W. Quatremain

References[edit]

^ "2011 Census: Key Statistics for local authorities in England
England
and Wales" (XLS). Ons.gov.uk. Retrieved 19 July 2017.  ^ Planet, Lonely (10 May 2016). "Warwickshire: the heart of English history – Lonely Planet". Lonely Planet. Retrieved 18 May 2017.  ^ Muir, Jonny (2011). The UK's County
County
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County
Flags - Warwickshire". British County
County
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County
Council makes decisions". Warwickshire
Warwickshire
County Council. Retrieved 5 May 2010.  ^ " Coventry
Coventry
News: The latest Coventry
Coventry
news updates from". The Coventry Telegraph. Retrieved 19 July 2017.  ^ "Teachers in Warwickshire
Warwickshire
threaten strike action in protest over academy plans". icCoventry.co.uk. 15 April 2011. Archived from the original on 20 April 2013.  ^ Railnews
Railnews
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Cotswolds
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