small kingdom of the Hwicce lay between
the kingdoms of Mercia to the north and that of the West Saxons (Wessex)
to the south.
|Areas of Outstanding
stretch over six counties, with a portion of their western end lying
in Warwickshire. They became the country's largest AONB on its creation
in 1966. The area is distinctive due to the underlying limestone rock
which has created a unique landscape and habitat for plants and animals.
The Scottish engineer James
Watt died at his home Heathfield
Hall in Handsworth in Birmingham in 1819 and is buried nearby.
In 1886 the physician Edward Bach
was born in the village of Moseley near Birmingham. After studying
medicine at University College Hospital in London he set up a practice
in Harley Street but became disillusioned with medicine's concentration
on the disease rather than the person suffering it. This disillusion
led him to leave London and to search for new methods of healing he
believed could be found in nature. This search culminated in the Bach
Flower Remedies, a method of treating people's
emotional state and not the illness, using extracts of flowers. The
use of these remedies has since spread around the world.
John R. Hicks was born in Warwick in 1904. In 1972
he was the first Englishman to be awarded the Nobel
Prize for Economics which he shared with the American Kenneth
politician (and half-brother of the Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain)
Austen Chamberlain was born as Joseph Austen Chamberlain
in Birmingham in 1863. He shared the Nobel
Prize for Peace with Charles G. Dawes in 1925 for their
negotiating of the Locarno Pact.
Prime Minister from 1742-43, was born as Spencer Compton at Compton
Wynyates House in Compton Wynyates in 1673.
as Arthur Neville Chamberlain in Edgbaston in Birmingham in 1869,
became Prime Minister from 1937-40. In the interests of peace Chamberlain
followed a controversial policy of appeasement towards Adolf Hitler,
signing the Munich Agreement in 1938 after the invasion of Czechoslovakia.
When the policy failed he declared war on Germany a year later, but
criticism of his leadership and early military defeats led him to
stand down in 1940 in favour of Winston Churchill. Chamberlain died
6 months later.
I believe it is peace for our time.
(Speech from 10 Downing Street, September 1938)
Consorts and Heirs
House of York
was born at Warwick
Castle in 1456. In 1472 she married the future Richard
III at Westminster Abbey and became Queen on his coronation
in 1483. She died in 1485 before his short reign ended violently
on the battlefield at Bosworth later that year.
Warwick Castle in 1794
Shakespeare, was born
in 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon.
After spending many years in London he returned to his birthplace
dying there in 1616. He is buried in the town.
Shakespeare -The Early Years
Shakespeare - The Later Years
room in which Shakespeare was born
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Library - The Plays
Lord, what fools these mortals be!
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1595-96)
When sorrows come, they come not single
But in battalions.
Who can control his fate?
Is mortals' chiefest enemy.
Come what come may,
Time and hour runs through the roughest day.
What's past is prologue.
The Tempest (1611)
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O, no! it is an ever-fixèd mark,
That looks on tempests and is never shaken.
Love alters not with his brief hours and
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error, and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
author of Middlemarch George
Eliot was born as Mary Ann Evans in 1819 at Arbury near Nuneaton.
In every parting there is an image of death.
Scenes of Clerical Life (1858)
Brooke was born in Rugby in 1887. He joined the Royal Navy at
the outbreak of the First
World War and died on a hospital ship moored off the Greek island
in 1915, where he is buried.
First World War
Fish say, they have their stream and pond;
But is there anything beyond?
Larkin was born in Coventry in 1922.
Philip Larkin Society
Forster author of Howards End and A Passage to India,
died in Coventry in 1970.
Forster later in life
and Meaning - The E.M. Forster website
She felt that those who prepared for all
the emergencies of life beforehand may equip themselves at the expense
Howards End (1910)
If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my
friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country.
What I Believe - Two Cheers for Democracy (1951)
Priestley died at Alveston in 1984. He is buried at Hubbersholme
J.B. Priestley Society