Harbury

Harbury Morris dancers
Morris dancers at Harbury carnival

The parish of Harbury and Deppers Bridge has a population of approximately 2,500 residents and is situated about five miles south-east of Leamington Spa and three miles south-west of Southam. Although at Deppers Bridge, the height above sea level is only 260ft, the main village of Harbury stands on a hill of over 400ft.

The village is a thriving and busy community which boasts a Church of England Primary School, Doctor's Surgery, six public houses, a Post Office, two general stores, a chemist, a wine shop and a hairdresser. A number of other successful businesses operate within the centre of the village or on the small Industrial Estate on the site of the former Water Tower. There is a well used Village Hall, an active church community, a part-time Library and a large number of vibrant and successful community groups. Village events such as the Carnival and the Bonfire all contribute to the sense of living in a real community. The Village Hall also hosts an annual Beer Festival – for more information on this go to www.camra.org.uk.

Harbury domestic goddesses
Domesstic goddesses at Harbury carnival

People have been living in Harbury for more than 3,000 years and the village is mentioned in the Doomsday Book of 1086. The village grew substantially in the 19th century due to extensive quarrying in the surrounding area and the construction of the nearby railway. The former GWR line to Birmingham was, at the time, the deepest man-made cutting in the world at more than 100ft deep and is a significant engineering achievement.

Local Public Houses and Places to Eat:

The Old New Inn, Farm Street, Harbury 01926 614023

The Shakespeare, Mill Street 01926 612357

The Crown, Crown Street 01926 614995

The Gamecock, Chapel Street 01926 611963

The Dog, High Street 01926 612283

The Great Western, Deppers Bridge

Notable local places of interest:

Chesterton Windmill: Approximately two miles outside of the village of Harbury, in the Parish of Chesterton.

Harbury Railway Cutting: at its deepest point off Bull Ring Farm Road, Harbury. The deepest man made cutting in the world when constructed and attributed to Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

More details on this charming village can be found on the Harbury Parish Council website.

Photograph credits

Harbury church, T Mancell

Harbury Morris dancers, T Mancell

Harbury domestic goddesses, T Mancell