SP2865 : Priory Park and the back of the Butts

near to Warwick, Warwickshire, Great Britain

Priory Park and the back of the Butts
Priory Park and the back of the Butts
The shadow of St Mary's Church tower, with its dramatic pinnacles, falls across county education buildings. The houses with red brick backs are at the top of the Butts. The band of tall trees across the picture are on the highest ground of Priory Park; the roofs of Warwick Hospital show just above the trees. On the left is Warwick police station, now a part-time station if it is not actually closed.
The centre of Warwick :: SP2864
Had it not been for the Great Fire of Warwick in 1694, the centre of the town today might look like Stratford-upon-Avon or Henley-in-Arden, with their abundant black-and-white timber-framed buildings. The fire began in a baker's shop (as did the Great Fire of London) and spread rapidly. It caused damage estimated at 90,000 and made 250 families homeless. In the Georgian period the centre of the town was rebuilt in brick and stone; some street lines were altered. Old Square, for example, was laid out to provide a better approach and setting for St Mary's Church. Further changes were brought about by the extension of Warwick Castle gardens.

Much of St Mary's Church had been destroyed in the Great Fire. Completed around 1394 it succeeded a Norman foundation which in all likelihood replaced a Saxon church. After the fire St Mary's was rebuilt in stone quarried from the churchyard although the planned tower, showing early signs of failure, was rebuilt to the west in a harder sandstone from nearby Shrewley. The siting creates a focal point in the views down Northgate Street and up Church Street. The church was completed by 1706, a light and lofty Georgian interpretation of the mediaeval style. The tower at 53 metres high (174 feet) is both a landmark and a fine viewpoint.
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2011
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Date Taken
Saturday, 15 October, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 13 March, 2012
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Housing, Dwellings  Public buildings and spaces  Park and Public Gardens  City, Town centre 
Place (from Tags)
Warwick  Priory Park 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 2827 6523 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:17.0693N 1:35.2203W
Photographer Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 2817 6497
View Direction
North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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