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Coins were once minted in Southam and The Olde Mint is now a pub in Coventry Street
Southam Town Council is now in recess and no meeting will take place in August. GRANT APPLICATIONS will be considered at the Thursday September 22nd Council Meeting. Forms are available on the Notice Board page of this web site Completed forms should be returned to the Council Office at the Grange Hall by Monday 5th September 2016. Members of the public may attend and speak at the start of the meeting.
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Southam has become a commuter town due to its road links and location. Taxi and minicab firms operate in the area and frequent bus services serve Southam and local villages.
In the stagecoach era Southam became an important stop on the coach road between Coventry and Oxford. Many old coaching inns remain in the town. However, few buildings in Southam date from before 1741, when a large fire devastated the town.
The present parish church of St James was built in the 14th century. In the 15th century the spire was added and the chancel was rebuilt. The nave's clerestory and present roof were added in the 16th century, along with the present west door. St James' is a Grade I listed building.
The dominant rock type for the area is Blue Lias clay. Until recently[when?] there was a cement factory and associated quarry 1 mile (1.6 km) north of the town. The works was served by both rail and canal transport — the latter being a short arm from the Grand Union Canal. Cement production was relocated to Rugby in the late 1990s but quarrying at the site continues.
Southam is a small market town and civil parish in the Stratford-on-Avon district of Warwickshire, England. Southam is on the River Stowe (called 'The Brook' by many locals), which flows from Napton-on-the-Hill and joins Warwickshire's River Itchen at Stoneythorpe, just outside the town. The town is about 7.5 miles (12 km) east of Leamington Spa, about 10 miles (16 km) from Rugby and Daventry, 13 miles (21 km) south of Coventry and 14 miles (23 km) north of Banbury.
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The 2001 census recorded a parish population of 6,509,increasing to 6,567 at the 2011 Census.
There are four churches. St James's parish church is behind Market Hill. Both Our Lady and St Wulstan's Catholic church and the Congregational chapel are on Wood Street, and the new Community Church is on Coventry Street. There is also a small but active Bahá´í group in the town. The footpath from St James church along the protected Stowe valley to the historic Holy Well and on to Stoneythorpe Hall is a popular route for local people, ornithologists and other naturalists.
Southam is a small market town situated in the Stratford-upon-Avon district of Warwickshire where the A423 Coventry to Banbury road converges with the A426 from Rugby and crosses the A425 Daventry to Leamington Spa road.
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Situated on the River Stowe, Southam is centrally located between the towns of Leamington Spa (approx. 7 miles) and Rugby (approx. 10 miles) with good transport links to lots of major centres. The Southam area is full of pretty villages, attractive canal waterways and beautiful Warwickshire countryside. There are many interesting and exciting things to see and do and places to visit.
Southam Rugby Club was formed in 1962. In 1969 the club purchased pitches at Kineton Road and started playing home games. Over three years money was raised to build the club house which was constructed mainly by the players and was opened in 1972. Today the club plays in the Midland League and has three senior teams and a colts team.
In the 1540s John Leland visited the town and described it as "a modest market town of a single street". William Shakespeare mentions Southam in Henry VI, part 3, Act V, Scene I, Lines 10–16:
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Southam has 2028 (Southam) Squadron Air Training Corps, an RAF-sponsored (Royal Air Force) youth organisation for 13- to 20-year-olds. The squadron is based in Millar House, Wattons Lane.
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In addition there are other features important to the identity of the area; open spaces and public areas such as Market Hill, the Library gardens, the Peace Garden, Park Lane Recreation Ground and Merestone Park which are visually important and provide venues for community activities such as the Mop Fair, May Day Fair, open-air services and celebrations as well as the annual Carnival.
The Town and District Council surgery will take place in the Library on Saturday 8th October 2016. 10am to 12noon. No appointment is necessary just call in and say hello. If you wish to discuss something confidential a private room may be available.
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In the medieval era the town minted its own local currency because local people found regular English currency too high in value for everyday use. In the English Civil War Charles I used Southam's mint to make new coins to pay his troops. The building is early 16th century and is now the Old Mint public house.
The nearest railway stations are Leamington Spa, Rugby and Banbury.
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Southam United F.C. is the town's football club, and Southam also has a bowling club, a cricket club and the six pitch Dallas Burston Polo Club which includes conference and events facilities.
Part of the main route from London to the North in the coaching era, with St James Parish Church (c1400s) in the background
Southam has three primary schools and a secondary school (Southam College) that has about 1,400 pupils from Southam and local villages. There is a leisure centre with swimming pool and gym next to the school.
This website has been created to help you discover, explore and enjoy Southam and the surrounding villages and rural areas. This is a community website so please use it to learn about the town and area, to get involved in community activities, and to help promote local businesses, organisations and events.
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RAF Southam, about 0.6 miles (1 km) east of the town, was a World War II airfield. It was opened in 1940 and closed at the end of 1944. It was a training base and a relief landing ground.
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Southam was in the parliamentary constituency of Stratford-on-Avon until the boundary changes approved by Parliament in June 2007 when it became part of the new constituency of Kenilworth and Southam. The constituency was first contested in the United Kingdom general election, 2010.
The town centre and conservation area has, by its very nature, many landmarks in the form of listed buildings such as the Manor House (the subject of a remarkable renovation in 2007/08) the Olde Mint and St James Church (grade one listed and of exceptional interest).