Idlicote

Idlicote is a small village which lies between tributaries of the river Stour three miles north of Shipston-on-Stour. It is surrounded by picturesque countryside, rolling down to the White Horse Vale east and the Stour valley south of the village. Several miles of public footpaths pass through the village and surrounding farmland, including the Centenary way, a 93 mile route that starts in Kingsbury Water Park and ends in Upper Quinton.

Most of the 35 houses, centred around an attractive duck pond, are built of red brick, Blue Lias or Hornton stone. Outstanding buildings include St. James the Great church which is mentioned in the Domesday Book and consists of a chancel, south chapel, nave with a north porch, and a south aisle; Idlicote House which is mainly late Georgian with substantial Victorian remodelling; and an unusually large dovecote of white stone with red Kenilworth stone dressings, ogee windows and an embattled parapet about a pointed roof which is arguably attributable to the Gothic revival architect, Sanderson Miller.

William Underhill, owner of the Idlicote Estate, famously sold New Place in Stratford-on-Avon to William Shakespeare on 4 May 1597. Fulk, William’s eldest son, was so enraged by the sale that he poisoned his father in July of that year and was subsequently executed at Warwick. Legend has it that every year in early July an apparition of William Underhill roams the grounds of ldlicote House audibly bemoaning his son.