Around Priors Hardwick

Around and about Priors Hardwick and The Butchers Arms
Priors Hardwick War Memorial

Priors Hardwick War Memorial

Image is copyright David Stowell and used under CC BY-SA 2.0 licence.

Priors Hardwick is a village and civil parish in the Stratford-on-Avon District of Warwickshire in the heart of England.

Together with the neighbouring village of Priors Marston, it was originally a manor belonging to the Priors of Coventry and one of 24 vills granted to Earl Leofric to found a monastery at Coventry, the grant being confirmed by Edward the Confessor in 1024.

In Medieval times, Priors Hardwick was more important than Priors Marston, but the population of the village fell by the 16th century, many leaving in favour of farming sheep pastures. The present village has grown on a slightly different alignment and contains largely 18th century buildings, although a few medieval features – such as 17th-century doorways and windows – have remained, including the Butchers Arms’ own mullioned window.

To the south of the village lie Banbury, Oxford, Broughton Castle and Woodstock – the home of Blenheim Palace, while the charming towns and villages of the Cotswolds such as Moreton-in-Marsh and Stow-on-the-Wold, all lie to the west where you will also find the the British Motor Museum, the National Herb Centre, and historic Stratford-upon-Avon with all its Shakespearean connections.

A short trip north will bring you in reach of the National Agricultural Centre at Stoneleigh, Rugby, Birmingham, the NEC, Birmingham International Airport and Garden Organic at Ryton.

Althorp and the Silverstone Circuit are located to the east of Priors Hardwick.

Those with sporting interests are well catered for, with eventing at Aston le Walls, the Upton and Purston horse trials, racecourses at Stratford and Warwick, point to point meetings at Mollington, polo matches at the Dallas Burstson Polo Ground, not to mention golfing at Hellidon Lakes, and Rugby Union at Northampton Saints. We are also close to Cropredy for the annual Fairport Convention reunion and within driving distance of the historic castles of Warwick and Kenilworth.