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A book that has been read and does not look new, but is in excellent condition. No obvious damage to the book cover, with the dust jacket (if applicable) included for hard covers. No missing or damaged pages, no creases or tears, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins. Some identifying marks on the inside cover, but this is minimal. Very little wear and tear. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections. See all condition definitions- opens in a new window or tab
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Joyce Powell




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Author(s)Joyce Powell
PublisherOdibourne Press
Date of Publication01/03/1987
GenreRegional History

Publication Data
Place of PublicationWarwickshire
Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ImprintOdibourne Press

Width140 mm
Height220 mm

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In about the year 1770 William Cleeve, surgeon, of Coventry bought from his nephew, Richard Cleeve, "an old messuage and other buildings in the High Street of Kenilworth". Judging from early photographs, the "old messuage" seems to have been a typical, modest brick house of about 1700. It had a handsome, pedimented central doorway with case­ment windows on each side, three first floor windows and dormer windows in the hipped roof. The west side fronted on to the path to the church. On the east side, next to the still existing Sion House, was another smaller house probably also of an early eighteenth century date. This property (we will call it No. 11, as the present No. 11 is on its site), belonged to the Earl of Clarendon. The "other buildings" must have filled the gap of about twenty feet between the two houses. One wonders now what they were; a barn at right angles to the street, a single storey 'lean-to', a brewhouse perhaps? William Cleeve swept away all these minor structures in preparation for his new building.

It was an important site in the ancient street. At this point, as in so many old towns, the road broadens into what had once been a wide market place. This area, with traces of its long burgage plots still remaining today, must originally have been laid out by the owners of the land, the Canons of Kenilworth's Augustinian Abbey. There is a persistent tradition that a Market Cross, or, some say, a wooden market-house, stood at the lower end of the street, but it had probably vanished before William Cleeve's time. The Abbey too had long gone. Two centuries had elapsed since Kenilworth's dual manors, Castle and Abbey, had come together under the lordship of the Earl of Leicester, but they had not lost their separate identities. Now known as the Augmentation and the Duchy, each elected its own headborough, constable, and other administrative officials. To this day, with the High Street a backwater and Castle End (the present Warwick Road) teeming with shops and traffic, they have still not grown into one town and are for ever separated by the Abbey Fields.

The High Street was the main artery of the Augmentation. In 1770, however, most of its buildings were simple and unpretentious. A good deal of timber framing remained. The Red Lion Inn must have been typical. It was on the right-hand side just above the Vicarage. It ceased to be an inn at some time between 1840 and 1850. Actually much of the original timber framing is still there behind the present bay-windowed Victorian facade. Until the 1960s the central archway (now filled in) led through to some five or six very poor cottages and was known as Lion Yard. They were no doubt outbuildings belonging to the Inn, later converted to cottages. They are now demolished. Here and there were some more modern houses. These, neat and well mannered, in pink Kenilworth brick, mostly date from fairly early in the eighteenth century.


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