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Henley-in-Arden is one of the most attractive and historic towns in the Midlands. The town lies in south Warwickshire and is renowned for its historic buildings and the medieval layout. The High Street is a conservation area and features many excellent examples of historic architecture.

The town is 15 miles to the south of Birmingham, 9 miles to the west of Warwick, 9 miles to the north-west of Stratford-upon-Avon, and around 5 miles to the west is the Worcestershire town of Redditch. Beaudesert was historically a separate village just to the east of Henley, though now forms part of the town.

The unspoilt quality of Henley-in-Arden means it has become a favourite for commuters working in the professions in towns such as Warwick, Leamington Spa, Stratford-upon-Avon, and in the city centre of Birmingham. Along with the surrounding villages such as Lowsonford, Wootton Wawen, Bearley, Claverdon, and Aston Cantlow, the town forms a prosperous and attractive commuter belt to the nearby towns of Warwick and Stratford.

Henley-in-Arden railway station lies just to the west of the centre of the town. From the station it is around 40 minutes to the centre of Birmingham and Snow Hill station on Colmore Row. London can be reached by rail in around 2 and a half hours, and Stratford-upon-Avon in 15 minutes. The Warwick Road takes car users directly to the centre of Warwick. Junctions 15 and 16 of the M40 are just to the north and west of the town.

The history of Henley-in-Arden begins with the castle at Beaudesert, of which only the earthworks remain. The town held a popular market in the 12th century and has been a prosperous centre for trade since the 14th century. In 1346 the town was sufficiently wealthy to be able to send 160 able-bodied archers to France to fight in the Hundred Years’ War.

Many of the timber-framed buildings on the High Street including the Guildhall date from the 15th century. Curiously, in the 18th century the town became known for the number of private lunatic asylums. There are smart modern developments set back from the High Street and along the Warwick Road.

The town is home to Warwickshire College and a large sports club hosting football, rugby, hockey, and cricket teams. On the High Street there are many independent boutique shops and restaurants. Popular with day-trippers, there is also a Heritage Centre on the High Street.

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