Atherstone Today

A place for the community to share and discuss their experiences
Atherstone is a market town in the district of North Warwickshire. It has a population of c.8000 and acts as the administrative centre for the district, which has a total population of c. 60,000. The traditional industry for the town was hatting but this has now finished and small industrial estates within the town offer employment. With the decline of the mining industry previously sited close to the town the area falls under the Coalfield Regeneration schemes.

Places of interest in Atherstone include, Market Place with its 18th century buildings and St Mary’s Church and the rather unique Swan Inn Archway, Long St with the Jacobean-style Station House Designed by J.W.Livock, The Old Swan as Atherstone’s best example of a 16th century timber-framed house, the Old Bank House with the town stocks in it’s walled garden and the old coaching inn, Red Lion, immortalised by George Eliot in her novel Middlemarch and the Three Tuns, where Henry Tudor is believed to have slept on the eve of the Battle of Bosworth in 1845.

The town has a historic centre based around St. Mary’s Church and the Market Square. Tourism is an increasing feature with Atherstone being a popular stopping point on the Coventry Canal. There are still rail links, with recently improved timetables, and the town is situated close to the two urban developments of Tamworth and Nuneaton. Trade in the town has been affected by the out of town retail parks on the outskirts of Tamworth and the Fosse park development on the outskirts of Leicester. The town is within easy travelling distance of the cities of Birmingham, Coventry, Derby, Leicester and Nottingham. Burton upon Trent is also within easy travelling distance.

Atherstone holds 2 main annual cultural events, Dicken’s Night located throughout Long Street held in late autumn and Summer in the Square located in the Market Square held towards the end of August.

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