Snitterfield

Snitterfield Village lies on some of the highest points of South Warwickshire, some 4 miles north of Stratford-upon-Avon. This may comes from the "Snyenfeld", 'feld' many a clear stretch of land in the Forest of Arden and 'Snyten' referring to the snipe that frequented the meadows near Sherbourne brook.

Although one of larger villages in the Avon Valley the land around Snitterfield is made up of high-quality farming land, interspersed with wildlife sanctuaries such as the Snitterfield bushes.

St James the Great is the parish church of Snitterfield, and being a grade one listed building, over 900 years old, is a significant landmark in the village. The church itself, having connections with Shakespeare's family as Shakespeare's grandfather lived in the village. Shakespeare's grandfather, Richard, lived in a farmhouse in the village, and while the farmhouse has changed substantially still retains some Tudor features. It was Richard's son John, who was William's father, and it's quite probable that William would have been a visitor to this farmhouse.

There are many buildings in the village that retain their original Tudor features, being half timbered, many of which would have been around in William's time. There was also one particularly large oak tree in the village that could possibly have been a sapling when William Shakespeare was around.

Snitterfield boasts two impressive USGA golf courses within 5 minutes of the village. The Ingon Manor golf club has a 18-hole par 72 championship course. The Stratford Oaks golf club has been open for 20 years, and is centred around some majestic parkland, created by Howard Swann. Both have extensive facilities and offer packages for corporate conferencing, private functions and weddings.

Snitterfield is home to Stratford-upon-Avon gliding club, one of the more well-known local clubs in the area. Offering everything from trial lessons to full gliding courses, Stratford-upon-Avon gliding club offers one of the more unique ways to see South Warwickshire.

Snitterfield is within easy walking distance of Stratford, and the walk offers some stunning views of the welcome hills.

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