Monks Kirby is dominated by the priory church of St Edith, a site of Christian worship since at least the 10th century AD.
The priory is long since gone but the church remains. The first church at the site is said to have been founded in 917 by Ethelfleda, daughter of Alfred the Great and the good soils, strategic location (near the meeting point of the Fosse Way and Watling Street) and size of the parish suggest it was the dominant village in this part of Warwickshire before the Norman Conquest.
One of the largest villages in this part of Warwickshire from the Anglo-Saxon to the early modern period, by the nineteenth century Monks Kirby had become a small farming community.
In 1266 Henry III granted the monks a fair at Midsummer and a weekly market.
In 1754-68 Lancelot 'Capability' Brown built a large mansion house for the fifth and sixth Earls (perhaps incorporating some elements of an earlier, 16th Century house). At the same time, Brown laid out landscaped garden. The house, which was further substantially developed in the nineteenth century (in a French style and including an ornate Roman Catholic chapel), was demolished in 1952 after receiving water damage resulting from the thawing of frozen pipes
The Feilding Family have been Lords of Newnham Paddox since 1433. In 1622 James I made William Feilding first Earl of Denbigh.
Alexander Stephen Rudolph Feilding is the 12th Earl of Denbigh and the 11th Earl of Desmond and he lives at and manages the family estate, Newnham Paddox House, together with his Wife The Countess of Denbigh and their three children
A traditional and inviting pub where everyone is welcome.
Set in a beautiful location with stunning views of the local church and surrounding area.
The pub serves real ales, refreshing beers, ciders and wines with something to suit everyone's taste.
You can enjoy freshly prepared food 7 days of the week with a great choice of cooked to order steaks, traditional pub classics from lamb shank, delicious burgers, fresh fish and a great selection of vegetarian dishes. The pub caters well for children, offering a varied choice of dishes for them to enjoy.
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