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The Minster and Parish Church of St Mary and the Holy Cross - - 181006.jpg
St Mary & Holy Cross parish church
Alderminster is located in Warwickshire
Location within Warwickshire
Population491 (2011 Census)
OS grid referenceSP2348
Civil parish
  • Alderminster
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townStratford-upon-Avon
Postcode districtCV37
Dialling code01789
AmbulanceWest Midlands
UK Parliament
WebsiteAlderminster Parish Council
List of places
52°08′N 1°40′W / 52.13°N 01.66°W / 52.13; -01.66Coordinates: 52°08′N 1°40′W / 52.13°N 01.66°W / 52.13; -01.66

Alderminster is a village and civil parish on the River Stour about 4 miles (6.4 km) south of Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, England. The village is on the A3400 road between Stratford-upon-Avon and Shipston-on-Stour. The 2011 Census recorded the parish's population as 491.[1]


Alderminster was an exclave of Worcestershire until 1931, when it was transferred to Warwickshire. When rural district councils were created in the 1890s, Alderminster was part of Shipston on Stour Rural District. When the parish was transferred to Warwickshire it became part of Stratford on Avon Rural District.[2]

The first mention of a post office in the village is in July 1849, when a type of postmark known as an undated circle was issued.[3] The post office closed in 1973.

In the Domesday Book (1086) Alderminster is shown as part of the land of St Mary's of Pershore, in Pershore Hundred, Worcestershire. In 1884 the village is shown on a map as consisting only of a few houses. The Minster and Parish Church of St Mary and the Holy Cross is of 12th century origin.[4] The church has been listed Grade II* since 1967.[5]

Alderminster was one of the film locations of MGM's 1963 horror film The Haunting.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Area: Alderminster (Parish): Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Details of boundary changes". A Vision of Britain Through Time. Archived from the original on 3 March 2007.
  3. ^ The Undated Circular Marks of the Midland Counties. The Midland (GB) Postal History Society. 1997. p. 151. ISBN 0-9513311-3-2.
  4. ^ Alderminster Medieval Settlement;
  5. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Mary and the Holy Cross (1382532)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 18 March 2017.

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