Historic of Warwick brought to small screen

By IH Tuesday 15 January 2013 Updated: 16/01 15:42

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THE HISTORY of Warwick is brought to the small screen in new A Walk Around Warwick.

The DVD, made by local company Leofric Films, turns the spotlight on the town's rich history and architecture.

The film, which runs to nearly an hour-and-a-half, takes the viewer on a tour around the streets of the town with local historian Dr Sylvia Pinches, telling the stories behind many of the town’s most buildings and revealing historical secrets along the way – such as the true meaning of the word ‘eavesdropping’, the reason why postboxes are red and how graffiti can be a blessing to historians.

Dr Pinches said: “The history of Warwick is fascinating, and it’s not just about the castle. There’s a thousand years of architecture and history, even though the town was burnt down in 1694.”

Dr Pinches also enthuses about the lighter side of history. Her interest in Warwick stems from her background as a guide at Warwick Castle, where she once portrayed everything from a medieval washer-woman to the castle’s 18th century housekeeper.

One of the featured buildings is the Lord Leycester Hospital, which has functioned as a home for retired soldiers since 1571. The Brothers who live there acted as guides for the film, telling tales of the past such as the time that King James I came to Warwick for a feast so magnificent that it left the town in debt for ten years.

In a segment filmed at St Mary’s Collegiate Church, a guide enthuses about the Beauchamp Chapel, which contains the tomb of the 15th century Earl of Warwick Richard Beauchamp, who was known as the medieval England's great knight, and who presided over the trial of Joan of Arc.

As well as major tourist sites, the film shows lesser known buildings and hidden nooks, such as the Mill Garden, tucked beneath the walls of Warwick Castle and enjoying remarkable views of both the castle and the old ruined Castle Bridge ridge across the Avon.

The DVD was shot over several months during the summer of 2012 - the wettest on record.

“We didn’t always have the best conditions for filming,” said Dr Pinches, “but the beauty of the town still comes through.”

The DVD is available to order from awalkaroundwarwick.co.uk, where it can be streamed in full HD. It is also available in various local shops and bookshops.

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