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Atherstone

Atherstone is a town in Warwickshire England, with a population of around 12,000. The town is located near the northern most tip of Warwickshire.

Atherstone has a long history going back to Roman times. An important defended Roman settlement named Mancetter existed on the site of modern day Atherstone, and the Roman road, the Watling Street (now known as the A5) ran through the town. It is believed that the rebel Queen of the Britons Boudicca was defeated in battle near Mancetter.

The town previously had a sizeable hat making industry, but this died out during the 1960s.

Atherstone is one of the few towns left in England to maintain the tradition of annual Shrove Tuesday Football or (mob football) played on public highways.

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