Christmas in Southam Workhouse

Cardall's Corner - Dec 2019 - Linda Doyle

The workhouse was the last place anyone wanted to be, whatever time of year, but especially so at Christmas. Whilst the poorest people could survive during ...

2020-06-08T19:04:02+01:00December 6th, 2019|Cardall's Corner, People, Places|0 Comments

Southam’s Workhouse

Cardall's Corner - June 2018 - By Linda Doyle

Today, Southam’s Primary School stands where once stood Southam’s solemn and imposing Victorian workhouse (see photograph from 1910). It was a domineering place built in 1837 on Welsh Road West, then called Workhouse Road. The enclosure of land at Southam in 1761 brought to a head the need to provide for the poor …

2019-05-22T22:56:56+01:00June 4th, 2018|Cardall's Corner, Places|4 Comments

Southam’s Rectory

Cardall's Corner - May 2018 - By Linda Doyle

Over the years Southam town centre has had many changes, but one of the more dramatic was when the old Southam Rectory (see picture) was pulled down in the 1960s to make way for a new library, police station and magistrate’s court. ...

2019-01-05T15:58:29+00:00May 16th, 2018|Cardall's Corner, Places|0 Comments

Henry Lilley Smith

Cardall's Corner - April 2018 - By Pam McConnell

The 13th April this year marks the 200th anniversary of a meeting held at the Craven Arms Inn that established Southam’s Eye and Ear Infirmary in Warwick Road. In the days before the NHS, all medical treatment had to be paid for, and this Infirmary in Southam was the first of its ...

2021-06-14T14:57:22+01:00April 4th, 2018|Cardall's Corner, People, Places|0 Comments

Southam Coat of Arms

CARDALLS CORNER - December 2017 - by Bill Pease

The arms and crest of Southam are familiar but how many of us know their origins and meaning? They were granted by the College of Arms to Southam Rural District Council on 19th May 1959. The red and silver of the shield are the basic colours of the arms of both Warwickshire County Council and [...]

2020-06-03T17:48:31+01:00December 10th, 2017|Cardall's Corner, Places|0 Comments

The Merestone

CARDALLS CORNER - November 2017 - by Helen Morris and Len Gale

In the year 998 Aethelred (the Unready) gave some land which included Southam to Leofwine, the father of Earl Leofric of Coventry whose wife was the famous Lady Godiva. The description of the land still exists written in Old English in a Charter. The boundaries of Southam were carefully marked and remembered through the custom [...]

2020-05-23T19:37:59+01:00November 14th, 2017|Cardall's Corner, Places|0 Comments

Southam’s Four Remaining Public Houses

CARDALL'S CORNER - July 2017 By Linda Doyle

In the late 18th / early 19th Century it is estimated that Southam had 15 pubs operating at the same time. Today, Southam has just four remaining public houses, but each of those four pubs boasts a historical background as long as the arm that raises your pint of beer! During the 17th Century there were [...]

2020-05-23T19:40:23+01:00July 11th, 2017|Cardall's Corner, Places|1 Comment

The Many Fires of Southam

CARDALL’S CORNER - March 2017 By Linda Doyle

The original town centre of Southam has changed for many reasons over the years, but the most abrupt and sweeping changes have been caused by fires. Although not on such a scale as the Great Fire of Warwick in 1694, the reason a fire started and spread in Southam was no different, and the result [...]

2020-05-23T19:42:51+01:00March 6th, 2017|Cardall's Corner, Memories, Places|1 Comment

The Bells of St James

CARDALL’S CORNER - January 2017 By Robert Sherriff

The following article by one of our members who is also a bellringer, gives us an insight into the workings of the bell tower of St James Church and the history of the bells themselves.

There are eight bells in St James Church bell tower and they sit in a double deck steel “H” frame, donated by [...]

2017-02-05T13:58:28+00:00January 11th, 2017|Cardall's Corner, Places|0 Comments

Southam Banking

CARDALL’S CORNER - September 2016 By Linda Doyle

For many years until March 2016, Southam had two banks: Lloyds and HSBC (formerly the Midland), both situated in the town centre. Today, only Lloyds remains, and at the time of writing, the former HSBC building is up for sale.

Banking in Southam is known to go back to 1835, when in September of that year the Leamington [...]

2020-06-03T17:33:49+01:00September 18th, 2016|Cardall's Corner, Places|2 Comments
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