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15 Facts About Southam
Southam is situated on the River Stowe, which flows from Napton-on-the-Hill and joins Warwickshire's River Itchen at Stoneythorpe, just outside the town.
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Southam was a Royal manor until AD 998, when Ethelred the Unready granted it to Earl Leofwine.
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Southam later received charters to hold three yearly fairs: Medieval fairs were special markets, held only a few times a year, which attracted buyers and sellers from longer distances than the normal weekly market.
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The Battle of Southam is claimed by locals to have been the first battle of the English Civil Wars.
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Southam has become a commuter town due to its road links and location.
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Principal local authorities administering Southam are Warwickshire County Council and Stratford-on-Avon District Council, each responsible for different aspects of local government.
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Southam was the seat of the Southam Rural District from 1894 until 1974, when under the Local Government Act 1972 it was made part of Stratford-on-Avon District.
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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.
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Southam is home to 2028 Squadron Air Training Corps, a Royal Air Force-sponsored youth organisation for 13- to 20-year-olds.
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About 8 miles south of Southam is the M40 motorway, though the town is surprisingly not indicated.
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