Wolston

For other places with a similar name, see Woolston

Wolston is a village and civil parish in the Rugby borough of Warwickshire, England. The village is located roughly halfway between Rugby and Coventry, and had a population of 2,564 at the 2011 census.[1] It is close to the A45 road and the Roman road the Fosse Way.

Wolston
Main Street, Wolston.jpg
Main Street, Wolston
Wolston is located in Warwickshire
Wolston
Wolston
Location within Warwickshire
Population2,564 (2011)
OS grid referenceSP422748
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townCOVENTRY
Postcode districtCV8
Dialling code024
PoliceWarwickshire
FireWarwickshire
AmbulanceWest Midlands
UK Parliament
Websitehttp://www.wolstonvillage.co.uk
List of places
UK
England
Warwickshire
52°22′N 1°23′W / 52.37°N 1.39°W / 52.37; -1.39Coordinates: 52°22′N 1°23′W / 52.37°N 1.39°W / 52.37; -1.39

The River Avon flows through the village. Near the river are the remains of a Norman motte-and-bailey castle, Brandon Castle. A Benedictine priory, Wolston Priory, was sited to the east of the village and its earthwork remains are now a Scheduled Ancient Monument. The village has two churches: the parish church of St Margaret's[2] and Wolston Baptist Church.

Wolston once had a railway station, Brandon and Wolston railway station on the Rugby-Coventry line, but this was closed in 1960, although one of the platforms can still be seen. Periodic calls are made to re-open the station as the combined population of Wolston and Brandon is almost 3,000. One of the most notable features in the village is the railway viaduct which dates from the 1830s and was part of the original London and Birmingham Railway. The viaduct separates Wolston from the smaller village of Brandon. The two shared a football team "Brandon & Wolston Football Club".[3] They no longer have a senior men's team but they still run a junior club.

The village contains a primary school (Wolston St Margarets Primary C of E School). St Margaret's Primary was originally in School Street, but that building is now used as offices. Wolston also used to have a secondary school called Wolston High School, but it was knocked down and replaced with a community centre. Wolston still has a library, and a small selection of shops and pubs.

Near to Wolston is the community-owned Brandon Wood.

In geology, the village gives its name to the Wolstonian Stage, a British regional subdivision of the Pleistocene Epoch.

Notable peopleEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Welcome - St Margaret's Wolston". www.wolston.org. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  3. ^ Brandon, Bretford & Wolston History Group: A History of Brandon & Wolston Football Club, page 1, Brandon, Bretford & Wolston History Group

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