Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Warwickshire Places (9) : Budbrooke

Budbrooke is a small village and parish near to Warwick. Budebroc was mentioned in the Domesday Book, and the parish church of St Michael has a Norman origin, dating from the 12th century. The village was hit hard by the Black Death with most of the villagers dying, even the church was left to fall into ruin.

The centre of the parish moved to Grove Park, home of the Dormer family. The nearby village of Hampton-on-the Hill became the main settlement in the parish. St Michael's church was restored after the establishment of Budbrooke barracks and became the batallion church of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment.

The barracks closed in 1960 with the modern housing estate of Hampton Magna built on the site. This modern village is now the largest settlement in the parish. Budbrooke is served by Warwick Parkway railway station, the Grand Union Canal also passes through the parish.