The county town of Warwick is famous for its mediaeval castle and Church of St Mary containing the Beauchamp Chapel but its history contains much more that has been often overlooked. In this book local author Graham Sutherland delves deep into Warwick’s lost, forgotten and hidden histories, recounting some remarkable stories. In Secret Warwick we encounter the Tudor benefactor whose legacy still provides funding today, the setting for Mark Twain’s novel A Connecticut Yankee at King Arthur’s Court and the rowdy history of hiring fairs, markets and rioting in the town. There are grim reminders of a leper hospital, the old prison and executions in the town. Three turbulent priests include a reformed slaver, the old greyhound racing track provided entertainment, and a secret garden welcomes visitors down by the river. Warwick was home to two prisoner of war camps in the Second World War – for Italians and Germans – and the church contains the banner of Montgomery of Alamein as well as a memorial to soldiers murdered by the SS in 1940.With tales of remarkable characters, unusual events and tucked away or disappeared historical buildings and locations, Secret Warwick will appeal to all those with an interest in the history of this town in Warwickshire.
About the Author
Graham Sutherland is a retired police inspector, writer and speaker. He is a Blue Badge Tourist Guide for the Heart of England area with a special interest in Warwickshire and the Cotswolds. He is former Beadle and Town Crier for Warwick and is an Ale Taster for Warwick Court Leet. He has written numerous books and booklets on the history of Warwick and Warwickshire, including Secret Warwick for Amberley, as well as his self-published fiction.