SP2865 : Refurbishment, Northgate Street houses, Warwick

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

Refurbishment, Northgate Street houses, Warwick
Refurbishment, Northgate Street houses, Warwick
This much-admired street was an element of the 18th-century rebuilding after the Great Fire of Warwick, 1694. The houses on the north side were home to the County Council's Education Department. They seem to have moved out and 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 2815 6506 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:16.9780N 1:35.3267W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 28140 65037
View Direction
North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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