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Harbury
Harbury (Warwickshire)
Harbury

Harbury shown within Warwickshire
Population 2,485 (2001)
OS grid reference SP3760
Parish Harbury
District Stratford-on-Avon
Shire county Warwickshire
Region West Midlands
Constituent country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SOUTHAM
Postcode district CV33
Dialling code 01926
Police Warwickshire
Fire Warwickshire
Ambulance West Midlands
European Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament Stratford-on-Avon
List of places: UKEnglandWarwickshire

Coordinates: 52°14'28?N 1°27'03?W? / ?52.241011, -1.450746

Harbury is a large village and civil parish in the Stratford-on-Avon district of Warwickshire, England. In the 2001 census it had a population of 2,485.

The village is located around 3 miles (5 km) south west of Southam, and around 5 miles (8 km) south east of Leamington Spa, just south of the A425 road. The Chiltern Main Line runs just to the north of Harbury. The cutting in which the line runs was said to be the deepest hand-dug cutting in the world, at the time of its construction in 1852. The village used to have a station called Southam Road & Harbury but this closed long ago.

Harbury Windmill
Harbury Windmill

Harbury has ancient origins. Bronze Age cooking pots have been found in the area, and the name of the village is said to be derived from Hereburgh a woman tribal chief of around 500 BC. The Domesday Book recorded the name as Edburberie where it is listed amongst the lands given to Henry de Ferrers [1] by the King. The land consisted of work for over 5 ploughs and was valued at four pounds.

Harbury has a former windmill which still stands but has no sails. It also contains All Saint's Church which dates partly from the 13th century although with a Victorian brick top. Within the parish of Harbury lies the hamlet of Deppers Bridge. The parish borders with the parishes of Ladbroke, Bishop's Itchington, Bishops Tachbrook, Chesterton and Southam.

The parish has recently seen proposals for development of the land known as the Harbury Estate by the owners, Follett Property Holdings Ltd, who envisage a development of houses and a business estate. There have also been proposals put forward for a new Harbury Station; however it is believed that the current infrastructure of the railway is incapable of facilitating this. The Parish Council and Stratford District Council are reviewing the proposals bit by bit.

Harbury is home to the Chief Executive of J Sainsbury's, Justin King.

Harbury has a Primary School, with around 200 students attending.

Harbury has a small number of shops, including 2 newsagents, a chemist, a grocery shop (Mugleston's Country Fayre) and an estate agent, as well as the Library.

Harbury has five pubs (The Shakespeare, The Crown, The Dog Inn, The Old New Inn and The Gamecock), originally established for local workers.

[edit] References

  1. , Domesday Book: A Complete Transliteration. London: Penguin, 2003. p.663 ISBN 0-14-143994-7

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