Welcome to the parish of Harbury and Deppers Bridge, which 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.
The village is a thriving and busy community which boasts a Church of England primary school, doctor’s surgery, three public houses, a Post Office, two general stores, a chemist 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 community-run library and cafe, 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.
Although at Deppers Bridge, the height above sea level is only 260ft, the main village of Harbury stands on a hill of over 400ft, where people have been living for more than 3,000 years. The village is also 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. In the 1960’s the village saw a further period of rapid expansion with the building of a large number of new homes and it is this mix of old and new within the buildings of the village which give it an eclectic and interesting feel.
Amongst the issues facing the village today are the provision of affordable housing and the building of new homes generally, the future of established village businesses, traffic and improving local facilities particularly for the young and the elderly.
In 2003 Harbury won both the Warwickshire and Central Region rounds of the Village of the Year Competition and went on to represent the Central Region in the national competition – one of only six villages in England and Wales to do so. Since then the village has maintained its reputation as being one of the best communities in Warwickshire and continues to bring the concept of community spirit up-to-date into the 21st century.
- Coronavirus Help for Elderly Residents 18 March 2020 - The Parish Council would like to do what it can to help with the possibility of elderly residents being isolated… (more)
Other Recent Notices
- Report Road Faults Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/reportroadfaults (opens in new tab) to report problems with any of the following directly to Warwickshire County Council: Highways… (more)
- Warwickshire Police – Dial 101 for Non-Emergencies Warwickshire Police have a new 'easy to remember' telephone number for reporting incidents – 101. This number is for non-emergencies… (more)
- Allotments Available We currently have a few vacant allotments. They are overgrown and will require some hard work to get them back… (more)
New Things on our Web…
- 06 Aug 20: Our new-look website is launched.
Our web was last updated on 6 August 2020