Warwick

Warwick (/ˈwɒrɪk/ WORR-ik) is a market town and county town of Warwickshire, England. It lies adjacent to the River Avon, 11 miles (18 km) south of Coventry and forms a small conurbation with Leamington Spa and Whitnash. Its population was 31,345 in 2011.

Warwick

A view over Warwick, with the Church of St Mary
Warwick
Location within Warwickshire
Population31,345 
OS grid referenceSP2865
Civil parish
  • Warwick
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townWARWICK
Postcode districtCV34, CV35
Dialling code01926
PoliceWarwickshire
FireWarwickshire
AmbulanceWest Midlands
UK Parliament
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UK
England
Warwickshire

52.28°N 1.59°W / 52.28; -1.59

Distance to London – 82 miles

Signs of Neolithic activity precede unbroken habitation to the 6th century AD. It was a Saxon burh in the 9th century; Warwick Castle was built during the Norman conquest of England. Warwick School claims to be the country's oldest boys' school. The earldom of Warwick, created in 1088, controlled the town and built its walls, of which Eastgate and Westgate survive. The castle became a fortress, then a mansion. The Great Fire of Warwick in 1694 destroyed much of the town. Warwick missed industrialisation, but the population has grown almost sixfold since 1801.