Fourteen people enjoyed Unlocking Warwick’s Court House Tour on 26th August, the Bank Holiday Saturday. One group was visiting from London, but most of the guests were from the Warwick area, wanting to know more about the history of the county town.
John gave a fascinating account of Warwick’s Saxon origins, its expansion in medieval times and the Tudor period, and the Great Fire in 1694 that destroyed the centre of the town. He explained that the stone Court House was built to replace a fire-damaged former tavern that had been used by the mayor and corporation and by the local magistrates for more than a hundred years.
The ballroom and the Pageant Gardens behind the Court House were being prepared for the annual Horticultural and Allotments Show, which would be open to the public on the following Sunday and Monday.
The next Court House Tours will be part of the national Heritage Open Days weekend when historic buildings throw open their doors with free public entry. There will be 45-minute tours starting at 10.30am on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September.
Book your place on a tour by emailing email@example.com or by calling the Visitor Information Centre on 01926 492212.
You can download the Heritage Open Days Brochure for the Warwick District here: https://issuu.com/wdcprintroom/docs/j27683_hod_booklet_2023_issuu