Historical features of Coleshill

The charming market town of Coleshill lies between the rivers Cole and Blythe and is surrounded by beautiful Warwickshire countryside.  It retains its original character with its steep main street with its splendid Georgian architecture and the many historic coaching inns.

As you approach Coleshill you will notice the amazing tower and spire of Coleshill's Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul, which is a well known local landmark, with its 170 foot steeple. The historic church of the 14th and 15th century is worth a visit, where you can also see a large 12th century carved Norman font inside, alongside medieval table tombs with effigies of Knights, including John de Clinton.  Just outside the south door is the preserved remains of a medieval cross.  

Outside the Old Market Hall on Church Hill (which houses an exhibition of Coleshill past and present), you can still see the original town stocks with a pillory and whipping post, which were used to punbish drunks and bakers who sold underweight loaves.

 

 

Another feature unique to Coleshill is that you can find one of only fourteen red post boxes that bear the Royal Seal of Edward III, placed before his abdication from the throne.  This rare and historic post box is situated just past Packington Lane, which is a beautiful rural road ideal for summer walks.

Historical information :

Coleshill began life in the Iron Age, before the Roman Conquest of 43AD, as a settlement on the south face of Grimstock Hill. Evidence of Hut Circles was found by archaeologists at the end of the 1970's. These excavations showed that throughout the Roman period there was a Romano-Celtic temple on Grimstock Hill. It had developed over the earlier Iron Age huts and had gone through at least three phases of development.  The area was at the junction of two powerful Celtic Tribes - the Coritanii to the east from Leicester, and to the west the Cornovii from Wroxeter.

Coleshill is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as a Royal Manor held by William the Conqueror.  Henry II granted the manor to the de Clinton family, then it passed to the de Montford's who had moated manor houses at Coleshill and Kingshurst. King Henry VII granted the lands to Simon Digby in 1496, following the Battle of Bosworth and the execution of Simon de Montford for helping in the attempt to oust the King.  Simon Digby's descendants (Wingfield-Digby) still hold the title today. 

During the Coaching Trade and the Turnpike Trusts Coleshill became important as a major staging post on the coaching roads from London to Holyhead and from London to Chester to Liverpool. At one point there were over twenty inns in the town. The Coleshill to Lichfield Turnpike dates from 1743.