Clifford Chambers

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Clifford Chambers
Clifford Chambers Church - - 56311.jpg
St Helens, the parish church
Clifford Chambers is located in Warwickshire
Clifford Chambers
Clifford Chambers
Clifford Chambers shown within Warwickshire
Population 432 (2011)
Civil parish
  • Clifford Chambers and Milcote
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district CV37
Dialling code 01789
Police Warwickshire
Fire Warwickshire
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°10′04″N 1°42′46″W / 52.16765°N 1.71264°W / 52.16765; -1.71264Coordinates: 52°10′04″N 1°42′46″W / 52.16765°N 1.71264°W / 52.16765; -1.71264

Clifford Chambers is a village two miles south of Stratford-upon-Avon town centre, in Warwickshire, England. It is on the B4632 road and one mile south of the A3400. It consists of 150 houses and the population of the parish in the 2001 census was 418, increasing to 432 at the 2011 census.[1] Until 2004 the village was in its own parish but it is now part of the parish of Clifford Chambers and Milcote. The village was in Gloucestershire until 1931. The River Stour runs along the north-eastern edge of the village.


It is known that the moated manor house was visited in the 16th century by several well-known poets of the time such as Michael Drayton, Ben Jonson and Shakespeare. This was because the father of the lady of the house was a patron to young poets at the time. The manor was remodelled by Edwin Lutyens in 1918, following a fire and the garden design has been attributed to Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll. Many of the houses were still owned by the occupants of the manor house until after the Second World War.[2] It was the lady of the manor who switched on the village's electricity supply when it was connected to the national grid in 1933.

During the Second World War children from the Roman Catholic school in Edgbaston, Birmingham were evacuated to the village. Shortly after the war deep-texture furnishing fabric was developed by Tibor Reich at Clifford Chambers mill.

The village today[edit]

Since 1996 the village has been the headquarters of the Hosking Houses Trust, a charity for female writers.[3] The Shire Horse centre, one mile from the village, closed soon after the 2001 UK foot and mouth crisis and is now a business park. Another local business is Stratford Garden Centre, lying just half a mile outside the village. The village also has one pub (The New Inn Hotel and Restaurant) and a social club. The Shakespearean and Hollywood actor Sir Ben Kingsley is a former resident of the village.


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