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You can find out about the county town of Warwick and some of its historic treasures in a virtual tour led by Beat Kümin - one of our early modernists - as part of the 'Being a Historian' session during Welcome Week 2021 (listen / watch between 7:18 and 17:09).

There is a visitors map of Warwick on the Visit Warwick website.

You can of course take yourself on the tour and actually visit Warwick. The suggested route is below:

Start at Warwick Castle and then continue via the East Gate (Victorian postbox) and Jury St / Hight St.

Stop at the early modern Warwick Arms Hotel.


The Warwick Arms Hotel in High Street, Warwick. 1900s
IMAGE LOCATION: (Warwickshire County Record Office)
Reference: PH, 352/187/40, img: 3164
Reproduced from the Our Warwickshire website.

After the Warwick Arms, visit St Mary's church featuring the medieval Beauchamp chantry chapel.

St M

Other places worth visiting are the Lord Leycester Hospital incorporating the Guild Hall, Thomas Oken's House, which is now a tea shop, almshouses and the Quaker Meeting House.

The Lord Leycester Hospital

To find out more there are some suggested readings below:

Duffy, Eamon. The Stripping of the Altars: Traditional Religion in England c.1400-c.1580. 2nd edn, Yale, 2005

Kümin, Beat. and Ann Tlusty (eds). The World of the Tavern in Early Modern Europe. London: Routledge, 2002.

Nicholls, Angela. Almshouses in Early Modern England: Charitable Housing in the Mixed Economy of Welfare 1550 – 1725.Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2017.

Schobesberger, Nikolaus, et al. “European Postal Networks.” in Noah Moxham and Joad Raymond (eds.), News Networks in Early Modern Europe. Brill, Leiden/ Boston, 2016, pp. 19–63.