Leek Wootton from the main road

Leek Wootton is a village in Warwickshire, England, roughly one mile from Kenilworth and two miles from Warwick. It lies in the triangle created by Kenilworth, Warwick and Leamington Spa.

GeographyEdit

The civil parish of Leek Wootton and Guy's Cliffe, including the hamlets of Hill Wootton, Chesford, Goodrest, North and Middle Woodloes, has a population of approximately 1,100. The parish church is All Saints'. All Saints' is an Anglican church centred in the middle of the village. The current vicar of the church is Rev. Jim Perryman. The village is adjacent to the A46 dual-carriageway trunk road. The nearest railway station is Warwick town with Warwick Parkway further away. The nearest airport is Birmingham Airport (11.7 miles).[1]

The War Memorial Recreation Ground is to the north-west of the village and is home to The Village Hall and Leek Wootton Sports Club. "The Rec" as it is known locally is also home to a children's playground. The Leek Wootton Sports Club has formed a recreational cricket team with local members and members from neighbouring villages. Every year there is a fair at the Village hall consisting of competitions from miniature gardens to digital art, also there is locally made items sold such as jams and cakes.

There are numerous public footpaths and walks in the village, including the Tink-a-Tank,[2] (so named because people used to use the path to walk to church and think about god and thank him for his blessings), several across the golf courses, a woodland walk between the Coventry Road (B4115), which crosses the A46 and comes out at the north end of the village on the Warwick Road, and a small area of woodland to the north west of the village (accessed from Waller Close and the recreation ground).

To the north of Leek Wootton is the Cattle Brook and just north of Hill Wootton this meets the much larger River Avon, which forms the south-eastern boundary of the Parish.

HistoryEdit

Blacklow HillEdit

 
The 1823 Gaveston monument at Blacklow Hill.

The monument Gaveston's Cross is located on a site south of Leek Wootton. It marks the point where Piers Gaveston, 1st Earl of Cornwall was murdered. In 1308 Edward II travelled to Boulogne to marry Isabella, leaving Piers Gaveston, a Gascon knight to act as regent. Resentment against Edward's rule and Gaveston's position of power grew, some barons began to insist Gaveston be banished. Edward could do little to prevent Gaveston being captured in 1312 under the orders of the Earl of Lancaster and his allies. He was captured first by the Earl of Warwick, whom he was seen to have offended, and handed over to two Welshmen. They took him to Blacklow Hill and murdered him; one ran him through the heart with his sword and the other beheaded him.[citation needed]

Railway bridge collapseEdit

 
Modern bridge

The railway bridge over the road between Leek Wootton and Hill Wootton on the Coventry to Leamington Line collapsed in a railway accident on 11 June 1861 with the driver and fireman being killed.

Local economy and servicesEdit

Leek Wootton is home to The Warwickshire Golf and Country Club, and has the Anchor Inn public house at its centre. The Chesford Grange Hotel also falls within the boundaries of the civil parish, as does the Saxon Mill at Guy's Cliffe.

All Saints' CofE Academy, Leek WoottonEdit

When the Leek Wootton First School was threatened by closure in the early 1990s, the community campaigned to save it and a new school was built at the southern end of the village and All Saints' Church of England (Voluntary Aided) Primary School was opened in 1996 by The Right Reverend Simon Barrington-Ward, Bishop of Coventry. Since 1 September 2014 All Saints’ and Burton Green Primary Schools have been working together as a federation of schools[3]. On 1 March 2018 the All Saints' and Burton Green schools became academies and members of Coventry Diocesan Multi-Academy Trust. On 24 April 2018 The Right Reverend Christopher Cocksworth, Bishop of Coventry, attended both schools to formally welcome them into the trust[4].

The Warwickshire Golf & Country ClubEdit

The Warwickshire Golf and Country Club is an exclusive members only club and is made up by an 18-hole golf course, gym, indoor pools, a spa, and a cafe. The Anchor Inn proves to be popular during weekend nights, as it is the one of the only pubs in walking distance for the locals.[5]. In November 2005 a new health and fitness centre was opened at The Warwickshire, which now operates as The Warwickshire Golf & Country Club (part of the Club Company Group) and the separate golf Club House was reopened in March 2007.[citation needed]

Woodcote House and EstateEdit

 
Woodcote, once the home of the Wise family, former HQ of Warwickshire Police

Woodcote is a 19th-century manor house and estate on the western boundary of the village. During the Second World War it was used as a convalescent home for military personnel, notably American servicemen. It was home to the headquarters of Warwickshire Police from 1949. A new purpose-built headquarters for the Warwickshire Police at Woodcote was proposed, but the planning application was refused by Warwick District Council on 31 October 2007. A revised application was subsequently approved, but the site was not redeveloped. In 2011 it was announced that Woodcote was to be sold, and the headquarters relocated to Leamington Spa.[6]. Following the construction of new control room an Warwick and the inclusion of some of the estate in local housing planning allocation, the site was put up for sale in 2018. [7] On 1 April 2019 Warwickshire Police announced that, due to the collapse of its alliance with Set Mercia Police, Warwickshire Police would be returning to Woodcote and it would become the Service's Headquarters again[8]. This resulted in the sale of the estate being halted.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Distance between Leek Wootton and Birmingham Airport". FreeMapTools. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Application for a Modification Order to ADD a Route to the Map" (PDF). Warwickshire CC. Retrieved 16 May 2012.
  3. ^ "Green Leek Federation". All Saints Church of England Academy. Retrieved 20 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Bishop blesses schools in Burton Green and Leek Wootton to mark academy status". Kenilworth Weekly News. Retrieved 20 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Golf - Two 18 Hole Championship Golf Courses, Warwick and Leamington Spa, Warwickshire". The Warwickshire. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Warwickshire Police to sell Leek Wootton headquarters". BBC News. 20 January 2011. Retrieved 4 April 2011.
  7. ^ "Former Warwickshire Police headquarters site to be marketed for sale". Warwickshire Police. 12 November 2018. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Warwickshire Police to re-establish force headquarters at Leek Wootton". 1 April 2019. Retrieved 20 November 2019.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Leek Wootton at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 52°19′5″N 1°34′35″W / 52.31806°N 1.57639°W / 52.31806; -1.57639