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Southam

Southam is a small town in Warwickshire England with a population of around 6,000 (5,304 in the 1991 census). Around 2000 people live in the local villages that surround it. The town is located roughly 7 miles (11 km) east of Leamington Spa.

The town for many years had a small cement and quarrying industry, but the cement works was closed in the mid 1990s.

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Location Southam is located between (Leamington Spa and Daventry) (on the A425) and between Coventry and Banbury (on the A423). The A426 connects it to Rugby. This has meant that Southam has become a rapidly growing commuter town in recent years.

Facilities Southam has three primary schools, and a secondary school (Southam College) that has around 1000 students from Southam and the local villages. It has a few smaller supermarkets and many pubs within the town itself and the local villages, most of them serve food.

Transport Southam is located a few miles from the M40, and due to it's location has excellent road links. Taxi firms and minicab companies opperate within the area. The closest station is at Leamington Spa.

Geography Southam is located on the river Stowe, which flows from Napton-on-the-Hill. The dominant rock type for the area is blue lias clay.

History Southam can trace it's history back to time of the Anglo-Saxons. Southam is mentionned in Henry VI, part 3 by William Shakespeare in Act V, Scence I (Lines 10 - 16):

Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick Say, Somerville, what says my loving son?
And, by thy guess, how nigh is Clarence now?
Duke of Somerset At Southam I did leave him with his forces,
And do expect him here some two hours hence. [Drum heard]
War. Then Clarence is at hand, I hear his drum.
Som. It is not his, my lord; here Southam lies:
The drum your honour hears marcheth from Warwick.

Southam lies not far from Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of Shakespeare.

Southam was also mentionned in the Domesday Book.



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