Bishop’s Itchington is situated on the B4451 in South Warwickshire, close to J12 of the M40 and approximately 7 miles south of Leamington Spa. The population is around 2,000. The village is a thriving community and supports 3 shops, a post office, a doctor’s surgery, a pub, a social club and a fish and chip shop. There is also the Bishop’s Itchington Memorial Hall and the Blue Butterfly Community Cafe which operates from the community centre.

View down Hambridge Road courtesy of Judith Christian-Carter

View down Hambridge Road courtesy of Judith Christian-Carter

The village has a number of different clubs and organisations serving all age groups and includes a football club and sports association. The large playing field, football pitches and tennis courts are well used. The children’s play area was fully refurbished in 2006 and provides excellent facilities.

Just north of the village are Bishop’s Bowl Lakes which were formed from old quarries used for the extraction of limestone in the making of cement which was the local industry during the 19th and first half of the 20th centuries. The lakes are now a very tranquil place, and very popular with fishermen. From the playing field, at the southern end of the village, are fine views over open countryside towards Burton Dassett Hills. The country lanes, field paths and bridleways surrounding the village provide lots of opportunities for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

Bishop's Itchington Band 1920s

Bishop’s Itchington Band 1920s

During the 19th and early 20th centuries many people in the village were employed by the local cement works. These days the majority of people commute to work in the nearby towns of Leamington, Warwick and Coventry. With easy access to the M40, some people travel even further afield to London and Birmingham.

The small market town of Southam is approximately 3 miles away and provides access to banks, supermarkets and filling stations as well as a library, leisure centre and secondary school. Local transport links are good with a regular bus service throughout the day to and from Leamington Spa and Southam.