Atherstone

Atherstone is an attractive town in the northern tip of Warwickshire close to the Leicestershire and Staffordshire borders. The town sits on the A5 and is a major administrative centre for the north of Warwickshire and was formerly a major trading hub that was once far more significant than Birmingham.

To the south-east of Atherstone is the large town of Nuneaton and to the north and south is largely open countryside. Heading west of the town is Tamworth and the northern suburbs of Birmingham. Atherstone is made up of the central part of the town and the smaller areas of Mancetter and Witherley on the eastern side of town.

Atherstone is on the A5, the old Roman road Watling Street that runs to Tamworth and onwards through south Staffordshire, and in the opposite direction runs to the south-east to connect with the M1 at Junction 12. The B4111 heads from Atherstone to Nuneaton and the B4116 heads north out of the town through the village of Sheepy Magna and onwards to Twycross. There is a station in Atherstone that provides connections to Tamworth with a journey time of 8 minutes, to Nuneaton in 5 minutes, to Lichfield Trent Valley in 15 minutes, and to Birmingham New Street in 50 minutes following a change at Tamworth.

The settlement of Atherstone dates back to the Roman period – Mancetter was a small town on Watling Street. The town features as a village in the Domesday Book in 1086. In the 12th century there was a church with several friars resident in the town. During the Tudor period Atherstone became a major centre of commerce based on its position on the old Roman road. Atherstone was a centre for weaving, clothworking, haberdashery, and leatherwork – some of these industries continued in the town right up until the 1970s, but during the intervening centuries Atherstone was overtaken by the growth of the cities of Birmingham and Coventry.

The position of Atherstone in the centre of the UK has led to several leading companies setting up headquarters in Atherstone. Aldi, the industrial product manufacturer 3M, and TNT Couriers all have headquarters in Atherstone, and BHS have based their national distribution centre in the town.

The types of property available in Atherstone range from period houses in rural settings in the surrounding countryside and suburban style family homes, to new-build residential properties. There is a major leisure complex in Atherstone, along with cricket, football and rugby clubs.

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