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CALDECOTE

 

LOCATION:
Caldecote is four miles south east of Atherstone, and divides Warwickshire from Leicestershire. 

CHURCH:
St Theobald and St Chad 

HISTORY:
The village was called Caldecote in the Domesday Book of 1086 and was owned by the Bishop of Chester.
The Hall was the home of the Purefoy family and was the scene of action during the Civil War.  Colonel Purefoy, was a strong supporter of the Parliamentary cause and the hall was besieged by Royalists in 1642.  The hall was burned to the ground and the only part remaining, the oak hall door, still with bullet holes, now hangs on the porch of the church of St Theobald & St Chad.  The hall was rebuilt in 1880 and has more recently converted into executive flats. 
In 1832 Polly Button was murdered on the footpath between Caldecote and Weddington by Joe Danks, a resident of Caldecote.  Danks was hanged at Warwick. 

LINKS:
Some history of Caldecote Hall can be seen at
Victoria County History from British History Online

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