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The hamlet of Guys Cliffe sits just north of Warwick town centre, on the bank of the River Avon. It is made up of a Saxon mill, church and a half ruined manor house. The hamlet is steeped in history, mystery and murder. The ideal place to visit if you are of a gothic disposition.
From its humble beginnings as a secluded place of worship in the 5th century, the legends of Sir Guy of Warwick secured its place in folklore. Guy is supposed to have retired to a hermitage on this site.
In 1308, the nearby Blacklow Hill was the site of an infamous murder. Piers Gaveston, 1st Earl of Cornwall was stabbed in the heart and beheaded by agents of the Earl of Lancaster.
The chantry was established in 1423 as the Chapel of St Mary Magdelene. Today, the rock-carved stables and storehouses still remain. The current, ruined house dates from 1751. It was started by Samuel Greatheed, a West India merchant and Member of Parliament for Coventry.
During the First and Second World Wars, the house was used as a hospital and later a school for evacuated children. Today it is owned by the Freemasons and its ongoing preservation is in the hands of the Friends of Guy’s Cliffe society.
The estate was broken up in 1947 and is the collection of gothic, ruined buildings that are fascinating to walk around.
And not to mention creepy. The abandoned buildings and ruined architecture have been the setting for horror films and TV shows for years. Walking among the walls at night is a thrilling experience to be sure.
Visitors will discover that the Saxon mill has become a pub and restaurant. So, once you’ve explored the ruins of Guys Cliffe, you can recharge with a hearty pint and lunch.