SP2865 : View from the front to the back of 18th-century Northgate Street, Warwick

taken 4 years ago, near to Warwick, Warwickshire, Great Britain

View from the front to the back of 18th-century Northgate Street, Warwick
View from the front to the back of 18th-century Northgate Street, Warwick
Much of the north side of the street was occupied by the County Council's Education Department. They seem to have moved out. The builders have moved in.
The centre of Warwick :: SP2864
Warwick is among the smallest of Britain's county towns. 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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Date Taken
Wednesday, 17 June, 2015   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 12 March, 2016
Geographical Context
Lowlands  City, Town centre  Construction, Development 
Place (from Tags)
Warwick 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 2816 6505 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:16.9725N 1:35.3179W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 28148 65046
View Direction
East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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Postcode Area CV34  Mixed Use  Conversion  Eighteenth Century House 

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