Weddington is a small parish in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, bounded on the northeast by the Watling Street, and on the west by the River Anker. Population in 2011 was 7,256.  It is surrounded on the west and south by the Anker.

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Earliest references to Weddington Castle/Weddington Hall date from 1566 when it was mentioned in a suit. Only conjectures can be made about its history. It is believed to have been built by Thomas Marquis of Dorset. In 1491, he enclosed the entire manor of Weddington, converted the entire piece of land to pasture, in the process turning 300 acres fallow. Records also tell of ten houses being left to go to ruins and over 60 people chased out of their homes losing their occupation.

After the forfeiture of Thomas`s son, the Duke of Suffolk, the manor was leased by the Crown until 1561 to a Mr Trye, who rebuilt the village, turning it into a farming commune. In 1730 there were four farmhouses and the Castle in the Manor. The Manor of Weddington never was heavily populated; even in 1901 there were hardly a hundred people living there.  Since that time, with the development of Nuneaton, many more small houses have been built.

The Castle was used as a Red Cross Hospital during WW1.

The Castle was demolished in 1928 to make way for a housing estate. The owner at the time was Henry Nigel Pole Shawe who went to live at the Grove. The Grove is one of the last remaining buildings of the Weddington Castle estate. It had been a public house since 1934  with various names over the years the last one being The Fox & Crane and then having stood empty for a number of years it was converted into apartments.

One place of interest is the lovely little church of St James situated in Church Lane. It is believed to have been built in medieval times.

Today Weddington consists of St James Church and church hall, a Primary School, The Anker public house, a number of shops and the Old Edwardians RFC.

For more indepth information please see the Weddington entry on London University's website British History Online

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