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Location: West Midlands

Population: 139,931 (Mid-year estimate 2015)

Interesting facts: Warwick offers to visitors today the opportunity of exploring not only the architectural gems of our mediaeval history but also those of our more recent past and the modern vibrant life of the county town of Warwickshire.
The town of Warwick was founded on the banks of the River Avon in 914 AD by Ethelfleda, sister of Edward the Elder, as a defence against the Danish invaders, on a site overlooking earlier riverside settlements. It is built on a small hill which controlled not only the river valley but also the river crossing on the road to London and the roads to Stratford, Coventry and the salt way to Droitwich. The Anglo-Saxon town was surrounded partly by a wall and partly by a ditch.
The mediaeval core of the town was prevented from expansion by the open spaces that surround it: the Common and Racecourse, the grounds of the Priory, St Nicholas Meadow, the River Avon, and later, Warwick Castle. Within a relatively small area there are many buildings of historic interest, of which the Castle is the most important.
This is one of the most dramatic and complete mediaeval castles in the country. It has been inhabited continuously since the Middle Ages, and was the home of the Earls of Warwick until recently.
Many of the central streets of the town were destroyed by the Great Fire of 1694. The buildings which were burnt, and many which were not, were re-built in the handsome style of the late 17th and early 18th centuries. St Mary's Church, which dominates the surrounding countryside, had a new nave and tower at the same time.
Several important mediaeval buildings survived the fire and can be seen to this day, notably the town's mediaeval Guildhall, now the Lord Leycester Hospital, as well as a group of timber - framed buildings around Oken's House.
Warwick and its historic buildings have featured in the BBC TV's drama series 'Dangerfield', 'Pride and Prejudice', 'Tom Jones' and Granada Television's 'Moll Flanders'.



Warwick is a member of the Rural Services Network and falls
under the branch of our service called the Rural Assembly.
A list of all the Rural Assembly members can be found here.


Warwick Information

Phone number
01926 410410
Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs)
Coventry and Warwickshire
Frequency of elections
Elections are of whole council
Number of councillors
Political composition
Conservative - 31
Labour - 9
Whitnash Residents Association (Independent) - 3
Liberal Democrats - 2
Green - 1
Kenilworth and Southam - Jeremy Wright (Conservative)
Warwick and Leamington - Christopher White (Conservative)
Decision making structure
Leader and a Cabinet
Population change
Population change
One Year Population Change
+ 0.4% 
Ten Year Population Change
+ 4.0%
Police Authority
Warwickshire Police Authority
Fire Service
Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service
Health Authority
NHS West Midlands
35,483 Hectares
Rural Output Areas
63 rural OAs from 462 OAs in total
Audited by
Central Region (Audit Commission)
Rural Classification (Defra)
Urban with City and Town
Population by Area- (Density)
3.94 people per hectare
Number of Parishes
Information yet to be supplied
Number of Parish Meetings
Number of Parish Councils
Number of Town Councils
Average house price
£260,000 (Median price paid by local authority, year ending Q4-2015 - provided by UK HPI data published by Land Registry © Crown copyright 2016)
Outsourced Services
Information yet to be supplied
Average age of population
39.7 (2011 Census data)
Main Towns
Kenilworth, Leamington Spa, Warwick, Whitnash
Unemployment rate
0.4% (JSA claimants for August 2017)
Current Council Tax
(amount reported is the amount received by the Council - no other services are included)
2014/2015 Council Tax - £146.86
2015/2016 Council Tax - £146.86
2016/2017 Council Tax - £151.86
2017/2018 Council Tax - £156.86

Percentage of households socially rented from council or local authority
9.1% (2011 Census data)
Percentage of population who have reported they are in very good health
50.6% (2011 Census data)
Percentage of population which provides unpaid care
9.8% (2011 Census data)
Employment by Occupation
Percentage of people aged 16 and over who are in Social Major Group 1-3
54.5% (ONS annual population survey - April 15-March 16)
Average annual wage for full time employees
  1. 2014 Workplaced Based Median - £28,214
    2015 Workplaced Based Median - £29,161
  2. 2014 Workplaced Based Mean - £32,327
    2015 Workplaced Based Mean - £33,444
  3. 2014 Resident Based Median - £28,731
    2015 Resident Based Median - £30,348
  4. 2014 Resident Based Mean - £36,034
    2015 Resident Based Mean - £38,879
Percentage of those employed in full time employment
41.9% (2011 Census data)
Cars or vans owned per household
(2011 Census data)
No cars or vans - 18.5%
1 car or van - 41.0%
2 cars or vans - 31.4%
3 cars or vans - 6.7%
4 or more cars and vans - 2.4%
Local Newspapers
Information yet to be supplied
National Park/AONBs
Cotswolds (AONB)

2015 English Indices of Deprivation analysis toolDeprivation

(Produced by Oxfordshire County Council)

The Research & Intelligence Unit of Oxfordshire County Council have produced an interactive tool that present the 2015 English Indices of Deprivation on a map of England to make it easier to explore the data for your areas of interest, and have kindly made this tool available to members of the Rural Services Network.

The analysis works through your web browser, and can be accessed for Warwick here

(All factual information on these pages is updated annually by the RSN)
(Information given via links will however be updated as new information becomes available)




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