Infobox UK place
country = England
population = 2,843 (2001)
region= West Midlands
metropolitan_county= West Midlands
static_image_caption= The approach to St John the Baptish Church
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Berkswell is a
villageand civil parishin the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull, county of West Midlands, England.
It is in the east of the
borough, borders Coventryand is about 7 miles west of Coventry city centre.
History and places of interest
According to the
United Kingdom Census 2001the parish had a populationof 2,843.
civil parishincludes a number of hamlets apart from Berkswell village itself. Berkswell railway stationserves the village, but is actually closer to Balsall Commonthan to Berkswell village.
Berkswell took its name from a 16-feet deep, stone-walled
water welljust outside the churchyardof the 12th century parish churchof Saint John the Baptist. It is said to have been used for baptisms by immersion and can still be seen today.
The village has a
village greenand the stockswere used for punishing petty offenders. It is claimed that these were especially built for a one-legged ex-soldier and his two drinking companions as there are only five leg holes.
The "Bear Inn" dates from the 16th century. The local history society run a small museum in a 17th century cottage near the church.
On Windmill Lane is the protected and restored Berkswell Windmill, a fine example of a tower mill with its original machinery. There are several 16th and 17th century houses in the village.
Local features include
Marsh Lane Nature Reserve. There is also a small Church of England primary schoollocated close to the church on Church Lane.
Famous people from Berkswell include the actor
Jeremy Brett, famous for his TV role as Sherlock Holmes, tennisplayer Maud Watson- the first Ladies Singles Champion in 1884 at The Championships, Wimbledonand Bob Wyatt(R.E.S.), England CricketCaptain for a number of years from 1934. The Beastie Boysfamously stayed in the village for two weeks in 1988, writing the B-side "Jubbsy's Treasure".
* [http://www.virtualmidlands.co.uk/demos/berkswell.htm panoramic 360 view of of Berkswell (Virtual Midlands)]
* [http://www.berkswellchurch.org.uk Church of St. John Baptist website - includes information of the village]
* [http://www.berkswell-history.org The website of the local history group]
* [http://www.westmidlandbirdclub.com/westmidlands/marshlane.htm Marsh Lane Nature Reserve]
* [http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?compid=42650 British History Online - Berkswell Parish (Includes a more detailed account of Berkswell's history and places of interest)]
* [http://www.geograph.org.uk/search.php?i=2621458 www.geograph.co.uk photos of Berkswell and surrounding area]
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