SP2864 : North on Swan Street, Warwick

taken 9 months ago, near to Warwick, Warwickshire, Great Britain

North on Swan Street, Warwick
North on Swan Street, Warwick
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
Friday, 29 December, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 27 January, 2018
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Business, Retail, Services  City, Town centre 
Postcode District (from Tags)
CV34 
Place (from Tags)
Warwick 
Season (from Tags)
Winter 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 2813 6486 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:16.8702N 1:35.3453W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 2815 6481
View Direction
North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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