River Itchen bridge, Long Itchington
|Population||2,013 (2011 Census)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
Long Itchington is a large village and civil parish in Warwickshire, England, which at the 2011 Census had a population of 2,013. The village is named after the River Itchen which flows to the south and west of the village. Long Itchington is around two miles north of Southam on the A423 road, just north of the Grand Union Canal.
The focal point at the centre of the village is a village green with a pond. Long Itchington is mostly made up of 20th century developments, but includes several historic buildings, including a half-timbered Tudor house on the main road at which Queen Elizabeth I is said to have stayed in 1572 and 1575. The old Manor House in the square dates from the 15th century.
The village church of Holy Trinity originates from the 1100s, with later additions. It is a grade II* listed building. St Wulfstan, is said to have been born in Long Itchington in around 1012. He became Bishop of Worcester in 1062. Another notable born in the village is the journalist Tom Hilditch. The village has long had an involvement in the cement industry. Just south of the village was a cement works and quarry. The cement works is now closed, but quarrying at the site still continues. Opposite the old cement works a little way from the main village is a small model village, which was originally built to house the cement workers.
The village was once served by the former Weedon to Leamington Spa railway line. The village station, Southam and Long Itchington railway station was to the south of the village on the road towards Southam, and closed to passengers in 1958, although the line to the cement works continued in operation for goods trains until 1985. Part of the old railway line has been converted into a cycleway as part of the National Cycle Network. In October 2018, a war memorial was erected to commemorate the 54 men of the village who were killed in the First World War. The parish includes the hamlet of Bascote.
The village contains seven pubs, a diner, a small shop, a Co-op small supermarket, a church, a Congregational chapel, a nursery, a primary school, a hairdressers, a park with skate ramp and a community centre.
Tudor house in Long Itchington, Queen Elizabeth I is believed to have stayed here
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