Referred to as ‘Sucham’ in the Domesday Book, Southam is a Saxon town which can trace its archaeology back to Roman times. The town and surrounding villages are steeped in history and Southam itself played a significant role in the English Civil Wars.
Southam is famous for the minting of its own currency (Southam tokens) which came about because the locals found the regular English currency too high in value for everyday use. Today you can visit The Olde Mint public house on Coventry Street.
Southam’s oldest ancient structure is the Holy Well. With its natural spring water, the well was once the town’s only source of fresh water and was also used to treat eye ailments. Still flowing freely today, the well can be reached by a pretty way-marked accessible trail along the Stowe valley, about half a mile from the town centre. The Holy Well Walk leaflet is available from the Library and Southam Heritage Collection. More information about the Holy Well and its connection to the legend of St Fremund can be found here.
Historians and crafters alike will find the Southam Embroideries of interest, a series of five large embroidered panels depicting 1,000 years of Southam’s history, which are hanging in Southam’s Grange Hall for all to see. The Southam Heritage Collection contains many interesting artefacts and holds regular exhibitions in the town. Southam Stories is a beautiful and fascinating wooden sculpture located in the centre of Southam which holds a series of clues to the life of the town.
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- Southam Stories
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