Radford Semele

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Coordinates: 52°16′37″N 1°29′46″W / 52.277000°N 1.496000°W / 52.277000; -1.496000

Radford Semele
Radford Semele is located in Warwickshire
Radford Semele
Radford Semele
 Radford Semele shown within Warwickshire
Population 2,034 (2001 census)[1]
OS grid reference SP344644
Civil parish Radford Semele
District Warwick
Shire county Warwickshire
Region West Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district CV31
Police Warwickshire
Fire Warwickshire
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
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Warwickshire

Radford Semele /ˈrædfərd ˈsɛmɨli/ is a village and civil parish in Warwickshire, England, close to the town of Leamington Spa. According to the 2001 UK census, Radford Semele parish had a population of 2,034.[1] It lies to the east of Leamington, on the A425 road between Leamington and Southam. It has a 16th-century pub with a priest hole. The local school is the Radford Semele Church of England School. This is a primary school and most senior pupils go to school in either Southam, Leamington Spa or Warwick which are close by. As well as the parish church of St Nicholas, which burnt down in March 2008, the village also has a second church built in 1874, the Radford Semele Baptist Church.[2]

History[edit]

A poorly preserved Roman Villa was excavated in 1974 at NGR SP 342624 near Pounce Hill Farm, approximately 1.5 km south of the village. See [1] and [2].

The village is named after a family from Saint-Pierre-de-Semilly in Normandy - they were lords of the manor in around 1120.

The old Weedon to Leamington railway line used to run through the village but in the late 1960s the line was closed to passengers. The site of where the old line used to be is now a new cycleway as part of The National Cycle Network.

Pubs[edit]

In the village there is a pub called The White Lion which is situated on Southam Road the main road running through the village. Unfortunately on Thursday 2 February 2006 the pub caught alight and the pub was ruined causing over 2 million pounds worth of damage. As of January 2011 the pub is open for business.

St Nicholas Church[edit]

St Nicholas Church in 2005
St Nicholas Church following fire of 2008

St Nicholas Church, a Grade II listed building, caught fire on 16 March 2008 and all that remained was the tower and shell of the building.[3] The fire was initially not considered suspicious,[4] however since there is evidence that there was a break in on the night of the fire, it is believed to have been arson, following failed attempts at several other churches nearby.[5] The church has since been restored and was reopened on 15 May 2013.[6]

The village also has a Baptist church (Radford Semele Baptist Church) www.rsbc.info [3] which was built in 1874 and is still serving the village to this day.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2001 Census: Key Statistics: Parish Headcounts: Area: Radford Semele CP (Parish)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 13 July 2008. 
  2. ^ http://www.rsbc.info
  3. ^ "Medieval church damaged by fire". BBC News Online (BBC). 16 March 2008. Retrieved 18 March 2008. 
  4. ^ "Warwickshire blaze church will cost millions". icCoventry.co.uk (Coventry Telegraph). 18 March 2008. Retrieved 19 March 2008. 
  5. ^ "Fire church now cleared of debris". BBC News Online (BBC). 25 May 2008. Retrieved 11 November 2008. 
  6. ^ "Arson-hit St Nicholas' Church to reopen after restoration". BBC News Online (BBC). 12 May 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 

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