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Wolvey is a village and parish in Warwickshiremarker, Englandmarker. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 1,741.

The village is on the B4065 and B4109 roads and is located in an outlying part of the borough of Rugbymarker; the village is, however, more than 10 miles (16 km) north-west from the town of Rugbymarker and is closer to Nuneatonmarker (five miles to the north-west) and Coventrymarker (five miles south-west). It is also close to the source of the River Ankermarker. To the west of Wolvey, in the hamlet of Bramcote, is Gamecock Barracks.

The village dates back to Saxon times. The most important historic event in Wolvey occurred in 1469, during the Wars of the Roses, when Warwick the Kingmaker captured King Edward IV on Wolvey Heath.

Historically knitting, weaving and milling were the most important trades in the village. At one time there were 27 windmills in the area, although none now remain.

Much of the village consists of modern housing, but it also contains some older buildings such as its church of St John the Baptist which dates partly from the 14th century.

Its name most probably came from the Anglo-Saxon wulf-hæg or wulf-hege = "wolf hedge" = "enclosure with a hedge to keep wolves out".

References

  • Warwickshire Towns & Villages, by Geoff Allen, 2000 ISBN 1-85058-642-X



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