15 Facts About Southam


Southam is a market town and civil parish in the Stratford-on-Avon district of Warwickshire, England.

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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 developed at the intersection of several roads: the main road between Coventry and Oxford, the main road from Warwick to Northampton via Daventry, and the ancient drovers' road known as Welsh Road.

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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 is part of the area known as Silicon Spa: the area around Leamington Spa which is known for its concentration of companies involved in the video game industry: The computer games company, Codemasters, is based in Southam, and was founded by two locals.

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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 United F C is the town's association football club, and Southam has a bowling club, a cricket club and the six pitch Dallas Burston Polo Club which includes conference and events facilities and the Millstone Hare pub and restaurant.

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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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Southam is between Leamington Spa and Daventry on the A425 road and between Coventry and Banbury on the A423 road.

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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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