Little Virginia, Kenilworth :: Shared Description

The hamlet Little Virginia, situated on Castle Hill, originally consisted of 15 cottages which had fallen into disrepair and in 1973 were declared derelict. An expensive restoration project was mounted by a private contractor, the result being a magnificent hamlet of beautifully appointed period cottages. In 1980 the project was awarded a Diploma of Merit in the Europa Nostra awards scheme, the citation being "an outstanding contribution to conservation in Europe".

It was thought that Little Virginia was the home of masons and builders employed by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, in the 16th century. Robert Dudley was the host to Queen Elizabeth I when she visited Kenilworth in 1575. However, an excavation carried out in 1973 by the Local History Society indicated that the buildings were more likely to be 17th century. One of the cottages has a stone medallion in the wall bearing the monogram 'R'.

From the official guide to Kenilworth. Kenilworth Town Council, 1984
by Robin Stott
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SP2872 : Thatched house behind Castle Hill, Kenilworth by Robin Stott
SP2872 : Timber-framed thatched houses, Castle Hill, Kenilworth by Robin Stott
SP2872 : Cottage, Little Virginia by E Gammie


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Created: Thu, 21 May 2015, Updated: Thu, 21 May 2015

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