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6th May 2014

Wootton Wawen

Wotton Wawen a brief history

Wootton Wawen – a brief history …

The Forest of Arden has stretched across Warwickshire since the Middle Stone Age and the parish of Wootton Wawen lies on its south western edge.

The Chapelry of Ullenhall and the historic town of Henley-in-Arden once used to be a part of the parish but have long since become independent.

The weir at Wotton Wawen

The name …

The name is derived from ‘Wudutun’ or ‘Uuidutuun,’ meaning a village by a wood, and ‘Wagen,’ the thane who originally gave his name to the settlement.

In the Domesday Book of 1086 it is listed as ‘Wotone’ with Wagen’s name also present.

Being a bit of a misnomer, over the years the name has had a number of different spellings including, ‘Wagenes-Witone’ and ‘Wavens Wotton.’

However, the name Wootton Wawen is the one that has featured most prominently particularly in recent centuries.

An old picture of Wootton Hall

Points of interest …

The first church in the settlement was wooden and thought to be burnt by Viking invaders around.

The Domesday Book records, ‘in Wotton (Wawen)  7 hides. Land for 9 ploughs. 23 villagers with a priest and 22 smallholders who have 6 ploughs, 2 mills at 11s and 8 sticks of eels. Woodland 2 leagues long and one league wide. Value £4. Waga held it freely.’

Charles II passed through the village disguised as a man-servant while escaping from England after the Battle of Worcester.

During the Second World War the Russian composer Nikolai Medtner and his wife lived just outside the village and it was during this time that he wrote his Piano Concerto No. 3.

In the book, A Celtish Childhood, the author Bill Watkins records his childhood adventures in and around the village during the 1950’s.

To read a more detailed history click here.

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12th March 2014

Mark White

My cycling club uses Yew Tree Farm as a place to stop and have refreshments at The Cowshed Cafe. Great place with a really friendly atmosphere and plenty of places to explore. The food and drink is top quality as well by the way.

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11th March 2014

A Stunning Rural Location …

A Stunning Rural Location

A Stunning Rural Location …

Yew Tree Farm Shopping Village is located in Wootton Wawen in the heart of Warwickshire in a stunning rural location in between the historic towns of Stratford-Upon-Avon and Henely-in-Arden.

With the Wotton Wawen Aqueduct, (SP1562) running through the heart of the village the navigation canal boat stop is a very busy location throughout the year with people on boating holidays.

The A3400 also passes straight through this stunning rural setting making the Yew Tree Site a very popular stop-off for cyclists and walkers alike.

The Bulls Head Pub lies at the other end of the village and offers a perfect setting and meeting point to enjoy socialising and fine food with friends and family.

Saxon Sanctuary in its rural location

The Saxon Sanctuary …

This is Warwickshire’s oldest church complete with ancient graveyard and stunning stained glass windows.

It’s ancient tower dates back to the 900’s if not earlier.

Open to the public all year round it’s history is fascinating making it well worth a visit.

A full exhibition is available for free inside the church.

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The Canal at Wootton Wawen

Wootton Wawen itself …

The strangely named rural village has a fascinating and quirky history to it.

With rivers changing course, roads and ponds appearing and disappearing and the Saxon monastery being succeeded by the Norman Priory it’s an ancient soap opera all of its own.

A full presentation around the history is available at The Saxon Sanctuary in the centre of the village.

More …

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