Warwickshire is a historic and administrative county in the West Midlands with a population of over 570,000 people. There are five districts that make up Warwickshire; Warwick, Stratford-on-Avon, Nuneaton and Bedworth, Rugby, and North Warwickshire.
The county was first recognised as such in the early 11th century as a division of the kingdom of Mercia. Coventry was the key city in the county during the Middle Ages for its leading contributions to the country’s textile industry. By the time of the Industrial Revolution, Warwickshire played an important role in fueling Britain’s march towards modernity.
The automotive industry is today keeping the flame of industry lit in Warwickshire, with BMW, Jaguar, and Aston Martin having headquarters, plants, and production centres located throughout the county. Another major player in driving the local economy is tourism, generating over £1 billion in revenue and employing over 20,000 people.
Education is a pillar of Warwickshire. Numerous grammar schools and colleges established in the county, some of which have great historical significance, such as King Edward VI School, where William Shakespeare was likely to have attended, and Warwick School, the oldest surviving boys’ school in the UK.