Despite a busy agenda in The Midlands, we managed to do a bit of exploring in Warwickshire, more particulary in the historic town of Warwick, famous for its university, magnificent castle, the setting of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” and more so, a neighbouring town of William Shakespeare’s birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon.
I have been to many British towns which are sadly dominated by cloned housing estates and cloned high streets but Warwick impressed me a lot because it has managed to preserve bits of its medieval, Tudor and Victorian architecture.
These wobbly looking structures stacked together used to be the meeting place for the Warwick guilds since their construction in the 14th century. In 1571 Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, acquired the buildings to be made as retirement home for the veterans of the Queen’s Army. They became known as Lord Leycester’s Hospital although it has never been used as a medical establishment.
These images of a chained bear holding on to a staff dot the retaining wall that supports the Hospital. It was the emblem of Robert Dudley.
Timber-framed structures are all over the town of Warwick
This is the first time I am seeing a differently shaped British mailbox. It is in the style of a Doric column made in 1856 by the Birmingham company of Smith & Hawkes.
The timber-framing here was done in a decorative way, I love it! It was built in 1634 and well maintained, indeed!
The Gothic-style church of St. Mary Immaculate opened in 1860. The Lord of the Rings author, J. R. R. Tolkien, got married here in 1916.
West gate walkway through the old town
The ceiling of the West gate tunnel
The historic St John’s House which houses the museum of the Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers
Shops of Warwick
We went inside this shop named “Exquisite Mistakes” curious to find out why the signs are almost screaming “SALE” and “CLOSING DOWN SALE”. Could it be that the owner has realized she has made a mistake in opening it in the first place? Ooppss, naughty me!
It must be so elegantly spicy that it won the “Most Loved Restaurant” award..
What I desperately need at the moment..
Gearing up for Valentine’s Day!
Weird Bits of Warwick
Strange to see a statue of a boxer in the center of Warwick town. He is Randolph Adolphus Turpin, the first boxer to become Middleweight Champion of the World since 1891 by beating Sugar Ray Robinson.
Now don’t laugh. This is actually a street name and I’m glad I don’t live in it…
History of the place goes that in medieval times, this spot which is just outside the town walls, was the practice area for archery games.