St Martin, Barcheston
Nestled in a remote corner of Warwickshire, this church dates from the 12th century, and was once at the heart of first tapestry weaving enterprise in England. Its 15th century leaning tower is a well known landmark and clearly visible to those walking the Shakespeare Way which passes through this tiny village. Inside see the stunning tomb dedicated to William Willington, a wealthy and ruthless wool producer, his first wife Anne and their seven daughters.
Keys are available at The Old Rectory or Manor Lodge, both adjacent to the church. Services are held here twice a month and details can be found at www.swarks7.org.uk
Discover the South Warwickshire 7
Information leaflet and map for walks between this group of churches
A total of 146 miles, this long-distance path runs between Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon and Shakespeare’s Globe, London. Using existing footpaths, bridleways and a few minor roads, this path has been planned to follow, as closely as possible, a route that Shakespeare may have taken on some of his journeys back and forth between his home at Stratford-upon-Avon and the city where he spent most of his productive years.
The church of St Martin's in Barcheston has links to the earliest tapestry weaving in England.