The centre of Warwick :: Shared Description

Warwick is among the smallest of Britain's county towns. Had it not been for the Great Fire of Warwick in 1694, the centre of the town today might look like Stratford-upon-Avon or Henley-in-Arden with their abundant black-and-white timber-framed buildings. The fire began in a baker's shop (as did the Great Fire of London) and spread rapidly. It caused damage estimated at £90,000 and made 250 families homeless. In the Georgian period the centre of the town was rebuilt in brick and stone; some street lines were altered. Old Square, for example, was laid out to provide a better approach and setting for St Mary's Church. Further changes were brought about by the extension of Warwick Castle gardens.

Much of St Mary's Church had been destroyed in the Great Fire. Completed around 1394 it succeeded a Norman foundation which in all likelihood replaced a Saxon church. After the fire St Mary's was rebuilt in stone quarried from the churchyard although the planned tower, showing early signs of failure, was rebuilt to the west in a harder sandstone from nearby Shrewley. The siting creates a focal point in the views down Northgate Street and up Church Street. The church was completed by 1706, a light and lofty Georgian interpretation of the mediaeval style. The tower at 53 metres high (174 feet) is both a landmark and a fine viewpoint.
by Robin Stott
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SP2864 : Flagstaff, St Mary's Church tower by Robin Stott
SP2864 : Colonnade below Westgate House, Warwick by Robin Stott
SP2865 : Former County Gaol and the corner of Northgate Street and Barrack Street, Warwick by Robin Stott
SP2864 : Nos 4 and 6 Gerrard Street, Warwick by Robin Stott
SP2864 : Setting up stalls for a market, Swan Street, Warwick by Robin Stott
SP2864 : Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick by David P Howard
SP2864 : The Mop Fair is arriving, Market Place, Warwick by Robin Stott
SP2864 : Freak Out Extreme Machine, Market Place, Warwick by Robin Stott
SP2864 : High Street resurfaced for the Olympic Torch Relay by Robin Stott
SP2864 : North end of Swan Street by Robin Stott
SP2764 : Townscape falls apart  Warwick bus station, Market Street / Puckerings Lane by Robin Stott
SP2864 : Top of Church Street, Warwick by Robin Stott
SP2864 : New speed table at the crossroads by Robin Stott
SP2864 : Rear of Eastgate Mews seen from Jury Street, Warwick by Robin Stott
SP2865 : Erosion of a Warwick Sandstone wall, Northgate, Warwick by Robin Stott
SP2764 : Flats going up on Bowling Green Street, Warwick by Robin Stott
SP2865 : Postbox in the wall of the former post office, Smith Street, Warwick by Robin Stott
SP2864 : Looking down Church Street to the Court House by Robin Stott
SP2865 : No.8 The Butts, Warwick by Robin Stott
SP2864 : St Mary's Church tower, detail by Robin Stott
SP2865 : Northgate Street unwrapped, Warwick by Robin Stott
SP2865 : New street nameplate, New Bridge, Warwick by Robin Stott
SP2864 : A little further north on Swan Street, Warwick by Robin Stott
SP2865 : A-boards in Smith Street, Warwick by Robin Stott
SP2865 : Two commemorative plaques, Landor House, Smith Street, Warwick by Robin Stott

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Created: Mon, 13 Jun 2011, Updated: Fri, 9 Dec 2016

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