Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Warwickshire Places (4) : Atherstone

Atherstone is a town at the very North of Warwickshire near the borders with Staffordshire and Leicestershire between Nuneaton and Tamworth. Atherstone is also close to the site of the battle of Bosworth, which may have actually taken place in fields near Atherstone and not Bosworth.

Settlement in Atherstone dates back to Roman times with a Roman settlement in the adjoining village of Mancetter, the Roman road Watling Street running through the town. Atherstone was listed in the Domesday Book and was granted a yearly fair by King Henry III in 1246 [1].

Atherstone became an affluent market town surrounded by agricultural lands and in later medieval times a centre for cloth and textile manufacture, being well known for it's hat industry. During the Industrial Revolution Atherstone was linked to the canal network by the Coventry Canal and the rail network by the West Coast Main Line though was eclipsed by the likes of Birmingham and Coventry industrially.
Coventry Canal in Atherstone

Parish church of St Mary

The West Coast Main Line passes through the town

Former Lock Keeper's cottage

Former canal side industry

Trinity Church

[1] "Parishes: Atherstone." A History of the County of Warwick: Volume 4, Hemlingford Hundred. Ed. L F Salzman. London: Victoria County History, 1947. 126-131. British History Online. Web. 23 February 2019. http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/warks/vol4/pp126-131.