Wolston

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Wolston
Main Street, Wolston - geograph.org.uk - 1182732.jpg
Main Street, Wolston
Wolston is located in Warwickshire
Wolston
Wolston
Wolston shown within Warwickshire
Population 2,564 (2011)
OS grid reference SP422748
District
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town COVENTRY
Postcode district CV8
Dialling code 024
Police Warwickshire
Fire Warwickshire
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
WarwickshireCoordinates: 52°22′N 1°23′W / 52.37°N 1.39°W / 52.37; -1.39

Wolston is a village and civil parish in the Rugby borough of Warwickshire, England. The village is located roughly halfway between Rugby and Coventry, and has a population of about 2,300, being measured at 2,564 at the 2011 census.[1] It is close to the A45 road and the Roman road the Fosse Way.

The River Avon flows through the village. Near the river are the remains of a Norman motte-and-bailey castle, Brandon Castle. A Benedictine priory, Wolston Priory, was sited to the east of the village and its earthwork remains are now a Scheduled Ancient Monument. The village has two churches: the parish church of St Margaret's[2] and Wolston Baptist Church.

Wolston once had a railway station, Brandon and Wolston railway station on the Rugby-Coventry line, but this was closed in 1960, although one of the platforms can still be seen. Periodic calls are made to re-open the station as the combined population of Wolston and Brandon is almost 3,000. One of the most notable features in the village is the railway viaduct which dates from the 1830s and was part of the original London and Birmingham Railway. The viaduct separates Wolston from the smaller village of Brandon.

The village contains a primary school (Wolston St Margarets Primary C of E School). St Margaret's Primary was originally in School Street, but that building is now used as offices. Wolston also used to have a secondary school called Wolston High School, but it was knocked down and replaced with a community centre. Wolston still has a library, and a small selection of shops and pubs.

Near to Wolston is the community-owned Brandon Wood.

In geology, the village gives its name to the Wolstonian Stage, a British regional subdivision of the Pleistocene Epoch.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Welcome - St Margaret's Wolston". www.wolston.org. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 

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