Ilmington

Ilmington lies in the far South of Warwickshire, approximately 5 miles north-east of the market town of Chipping Campden and 7 miles south of Stratford on Avon and very close to the borders of three other counties - Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Oxfordshire.

Ilmington is a beautiful village mainly built of warm honey coloured local Cotswolds limestone nestling at the foot of the Campden hills, in particular Windmill Hill, surrounded by green fields and classed as part of the Cotswolds area of outstanding natural beauty.

It is totally unspoilt with old stone cottages and a village green, the village shop and the old church where bells still ring out over the orchard as they have done for many years and it used to be a centre of folk dancing.

There is a restored Manor House, the beautiful gardens of which are normally open to the public twice a year. There are two very good Inns, the Howard Arms and the Red Lion.

Visitors to the village can walk around looking at the best features including the Norman church of St. Mary which is set beyond a quiet small pathway. Once through the 16th-century porch and into the church you will find splendid oak pews and other furnishings. These were installed in the 1930's and are the work of master-craftman, Robert Thompson (mouseman), whose descendants still produce stout oak furniture in his original workshop in the small village of Kilburn at the bottom of the steep slopes of the far-off North Yorkshire moors. Thompson's furniture include a unique signature of a carved mouse and there are 11 mice carved upon the Ilmington oak within the church.

Please visit the Ilmington village website if you would like to find out more about this beautiful village