Coughton

Coughton lies north west of Alcester and the village is dominated by Coughton Court which is open to the public. The house which stand in 25 acres of grounds containing some of the most breath-taking gardens in the country, has been the home of the Throckmorton family since 1409 and much further back through their Spiney and De Cocton ancestors.

Bessie Throckmorton, maid of honour to Elizabeth I secretly married Sir Walter Raleigh in 1592, and this led to their both being sent to the Tower. The family were closely linked to some of the conspirators of the Gunpowder Plot. Coughton is usually pronounced 'Co-ton', the 'Cough' rhyming with 'though'. Kings Coughton, a short distance away, is in the parish of Alcester. Sambourne, a hamlet, was one of the earliest centres for needle making in the seventeenth century.

To see more about this village vist the Coughton Court website.