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Warwick, England

Warwick is the historic county town of Warwickshire England and has a population of around 18,500. The town is famous for Warwick Castle which attracts huge numbers of tourists from around the world. The town also has a historic town centre.

Due to population growth, Warwick has effectively merged with its larger neighbouring town Leamington Spa.

Warwick is near the M40 motorway and the A46 main road, the town also has good rail links between London and Birmingham with train services being run by Chiltern railways. The Grand Union Canal and the River Avon also flow through the town.

History

The town of Warwick was founded on the banks of the River Avon in the year 914 AD by Ethelfleda, sister of Mercian king Edward the Elder, When Warwick castle was first built as a defence against Danish invaders.

In Medieval times Warwick was one of the largest an most prosperous towns in central England. And in the 11th century it became the shire town of the newly created county of Warwickshire, after the collapse of the kingdom of Mercia.

In 1694 a great fire destroyed much of the town.

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