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Honiley is a small village in the civil parish of Beausale, Haseley, Honiley and Wroxall, in Warwickshire, England. It is 2.5 miles (4 km) from Kenilworth, and 5.5 miles (9 km) from Coventry on the A4177 road. The 2001 Census recorded a parish population of 62.[1] Honiley was merged with adjoining parishes in 2007 and can now be found under Beausale, Haseley, Honiley and Wroxall.


The Church of England parish church of Saint John the Baptist is a Georgian Baroque building of 1723.[2] It has a nave, apse, and short spire. The interior includes original box pews and a west gallery.[2]

Honiley once had two wells associated with the church. If a man and a woman produced a child out of wedlock the two were to go to village wells (the men to St John's well, the women to Our Lady's well) and bathe. After that they were to crawl to the church to the statue of St John and ask for forgiveness. The village was, for a while at least, a small centre of pilgrimage.[citation needed]

The village has a medieval moat, an hotel and a small business park. A short distance north-east of the village is a vehicle proving ground that was formerly a Royal Air Force station. Opened in May 1941 the station was originally called RAF Ramsey but was renamed RAF Honiley three months later. It ceased to operate in March 1958 and the buildings were demolished in 1960 although new ones have replaced them. Honiley has a VOR station that is a major waypoint for aircraft.[3]

The Origins of the name Honiley (pronounced Hun Lee) Honiley, p., 5^ m. NW. of Warwick. 12 c. Hunilegh; 13 c. Hunileye; 14 c. Honyle^ C. B. M. i. A. S. hunig league (g=y), the honey lea, v. Ley. Honey was an article of great importance to our forefathers, and rents were frequently paid by it. It was their sugar, and the wax was needed for light and religious services. (WARWICKSHIRE PLACE NAMES W. H. DUIGNAN, F.S.A.) [4]


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Coordinates: 52°21′N 1°39′W / 52.350°N 1.650°W / 52.350; -1.650