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Coordinates: 52°11′40″N 1°35′41″W / 52.19434°N 1.59472°W / 52.19434; -1.59472

Wellesbourne
Wellesbourne is located in Warwickshire
Wellesbourne

 Wellesbourne shown within Warwickshire
Population 5,691 (2001)
OS grid reference SP278552
Parish Wellesbourne
District Stratford-on-Avon
Shire county Warwickshire
Region West Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WARWICK
Postcode district CV35
Dialling code 01789
Police Warwickshire
Fire Warwickshire
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament Stratford-on-Avon
List of places: UK • England • Warwickshire

Wellesbourne is a large village and civil parish in the county of Warwickshire, in the West Midlands region of the UK. In the 2001 census the parish, which also includes the village of Walton, had a population of 5,691 (2008 est. 6,400).

With the rapid increase in new housing and industrial developments since the 1990s, Wellesbourne is increasingly referred to as small commuter town servicing its larger neighbours such as Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick, Leamington Spa and Banbury, and a little further afield, the cities of Coventry and Birmingham.

Wellesbourne sits on the A429 road, and is located around seven miles south of Warwick and five miles east of Stratford-upon-Avon. Nearby are the villages of Walton and Kineton.

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History

The name was first recorded in 862 as Wallesburam. It was later referred to as Walesborne in the Domesday Book.

In May 1140 Wellesbourne was hit by a tornado - one of the earliest recorded in the British Isles. It damaged several buildings and killed a woman.[1]

Wellesbourne was once two villages – Wellesbourne Mountford and Wellesbourne Hastings, the two villages being divided by the River Dene. In 1947 the two parishes were merged, and are now considered to be a single village. For these historical reasons Wellesbourne has two village centres, Chestnut Square and the Precinct respectively.

Perhaps the most significant event in Wellesbourne's history was the founding in 1872 of the first trade union for agricultural workers by Joseph Arch – an event once celebrated by an annual parade, which may be revived in 2010. There is a somewhat unusual memorial in the form of a plaque in the village bus shelter.

Features

Just outside the village is one of the sites of Horticulture Research International, formerly the Institute of Horticultural Research and, before that, the National Vegetable Research Station. This is partly operated by the University of Warwick. The former RAF Wellesbourne Mountford near Wellesbourne is now a small civil airfield, also the site of a large market held every Saturday and bank holiday Mondays.

Wellesbourne gained recent publicity when Chedham's Yard, a historic agricultural building featuring a blacksmith's and wainwright's workshops, won BBC TV's Restoration series in 2006; however, work is yet to begin, and with the flooding of the village in mid 2007, the yard has remained untouched. Many people believe this to be a future tourist attraction on the same scale as the Wellesbourne Watermill which is situated on the outskirts of the village.

Churches

There are three churches in Wellesbourne, St. Peter's parish church, the Roman Catholic and Methodist churches. For contact details and service times (for November 2009) visit the Wellesbourne website. Also, St. Peter's has a website at saintpeterswellesbourne.com

Schools

Wellesbourne is home to Wellesbourne Church of England primary school.

Sport at Wellesbourne

Wellesbourne plays a variety of sports:

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Football

Wellesbourne Wanderers FC have won several awards in the last years, and they have a website at http://www.wellesbournewanderersfc.co.uk/.

Cricket

Wellesbourne also has its own cricket club, with a website at http://www.wellesbournecricketclub.co.uk/

References

  1. ^ Lane, F.W. The Elements Rage (David and Charles 1966), pp.50-51

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