Our Parish

We are at the heart of “Shakespeare Country” and it is reputed that William Shakespeare’s parents married in St John the Baptist Church in Aston Cantlow and held their wedding breakfast in the nearby King’s Head hostelry. The home of William Shakespeare’s mother, Mary Arden, is close by in the adjoining parish of Wilmcote. In those days the two parishes were one.

Within the parish are many places of interest including the medieval Guild Hall and the longest aqueduct in England, the Edstone Aqueduct on the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal. Slightly further away are many other historic buildings such as Ragley Hall and Coughton Court that is associated with Guy Fawkes and the Bonfire Night Plotters. Stratford-upon-Avon, with all its historic interest and wide range of shopping to suit all tastes, is only 7 miles away.

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There is a range of comfortable accommodation within the parish or easy reach of it. Located as we are in the heart of the Midlands, the parish enjoys excellent accessibility, being only eight miles to the west of Junction 15 of the M40 motorway at Longbridge/Warwick, seven miles south from Junction 16 of the M40 near Hockley Heath and ten miles south from the M42 motorway junction at Monkspath.