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Coordinates: 52°29′12″N 1°22′09″W / 52.486614°N 1.369299°W / 52.486614; -1.369299

Wolvey is located in Warwickshire

 Wolvey shown within Warwickshire
Population 1,741 (2001)
OS grid reference SP4287
Parish Wolvey
District Rugby
Shire county Warwickshire
Region West Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town HINCKLEY
Postcode district LE10
Dialling code 01455
Police Warwickshire
Fire Warwickshire
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament Nuneaton
List of places: UK • England • Warwickshire

Wolvey is a village and parish in Warwickshire, England. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 1,741.

The village is on the B4065 and B4109 roads and is located in an outlying part of the borough of Rugby; the village is, however, more than 10 miles (16 km) north-west from the town of Rugby and is closer to Nuneaton (five miles to the north-west) and Coventry (five miles south-west). It is also close to the source of the River Anker. To the west of Wolvey, in the hamlet of Bramcote, is Gamecock Barracks.

The village dates back to Saxon times. The most important historic event in Wolvey occurred in 1469, during the Wars of the Roses, when Warwick the Kingmaker captured King Edward IV on Wolvey Heath.

Historically knitting, weaving and milling were the most important trades in the village. At one time there were 27 windmills in the area, although none now remain.

Much of the village consists of modern housing, but it also contains some older buildings such as its church of St John the Baptist which dates partly from the 14th century.

Its name most probably came from the Anglo-Saxon wulf-hæg or wulf-hege = "wolf hedge" = "enclosure with a hedge to keep wolves out".


  • Warwickshire Towns & Villages, by Geoff Allen, 2000 ISBN 1-85058-642-X

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