Ettington shown within Warwickshire
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||STRATFORD UPON AVON|
|EU Parliament||West Midlands|
Ettington is a village in Warwickshire, England. It is located some 5.5 miles (9 km) south-east of Stratford upon Avon and 0.6 miles (1 km) west of the Fosse Way (B4455). According to the 2001 UK Census, the parish has a population of 953, most of whom live in the village.
The name Ettington is derived from the Old English language words Ea meaning water and Don meaning ascending ground or meadow, thus ascending ground or meadow near a river. The river in question could either be the River Stour or the River Dene, both of which run nearby.
Throughout history the village has had several names, including Eatenden, Upper & Lower Eatington, and Eatington. The latter is still used sometimes by locals as well as by Microsoft Auto Route.
It is likely there was a Roman encampment close to the site of the current village, and there was definitely an Anglo Saxon settlement. One of the oldest buildings still in existence is a Quaker meeting house that dates back to 1684. The manor house, which can trace its origins back to the Domesday Book, is now the Ettington Park Hotel owned by the Shirley Family and leased to Hand Picked Hotels, and was featured in MGM's 1963 horror film The Haunting. Ettington Park Hotel is itself renowned as being haunted, and was investigated for the first ever time by Midlands' Ghost Hunt Company 'Eerie Evenings' on 31 October 2009.
Ettington railway station was opened on 1 July 1873 and was situated on the Broom to Fenny Compton line. The station was closed in 1963 due to the Beeching Axe, and the line itself was closed two years later.
The famous composer and organist William Croft was born in Ettington and was baptised in the parish church of the Holy Trinity and St. Thomas of Canterbury. There is a Church of England primary school in the village.
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