Warwickshire is such a large county that to choose half a dozen of our favourite Churches is really difficult. We have driven to so many over the years. Most would never be seen by the traveller passing through. One of the joys of our job is that we get to explore and find these gems, whilst chauffeuring couples to their weddings. The routes that we devise often take us through those "leafy Warwickshire lanes" that so many miss when travelling on the bustling motorways. We are so lucky!
St James Church - Old Milverton - Royal Leamington Spa
St James Church is situated at the end of a very quiet lane in the tiny village of Old Milverton. As a chauffeur we spend an hour or so waiting outside the Church and become acutely aware of the geographical qualities of the area. At the rear of the Church the lane narrows to a footpath that leads to the ancient remains of Guys Cliffe and the Saxon Mill Hotel in Warwick. The area is a hidden gem sandwiched between Royal Leamington Spa and Warwick that we have only found by being lucky enough to drive our lovely wedding cars to such places.
All Saints Church - Allesley - Coventry
All Saints spire can be seen from some distance and is often spotted by the Bride as we approach for her wedding. The church is built from a lovely "warm" local sandstone which lights up the building with a warm glow even on the coldest of days. Allesley old village is a wonderful oasis of history set only a few miles from Coventry City centre. it is always a pleasure for us to be given the opportunity to provide for a wedding in the village.
St Nicholas Church - Kenilworth
The tree lined drive towards the church is a perfect way for a Bride to arrive for her wedding. On fine days we usually lower the hood and drive slowly up to the Church entrance - very relaxing for the sometimes nervous bride! No problems with traffic here as we are privileged to be the only cars allowed to use the whole length of drive. On departure for the reception venue we usually contrive to drive along the nearby High Street which still retains some fine old buildings. The road takes us towards Kenilworth Castle which affords an historic backdrop for a photo opportunity should the couple so wish.
St Lawrence Church -Lighthorne
Another wonderful setting at the end of a cul de sac in the pretty village of Lighthorne, which is just off the Fosse Way near to Gaydon and Moreton Morrell. A truly lovely country setting which is typical of rural Warwickshire. As a motoring enthusiast it is to be noted that the village is quite close to the Aston Martin factory so cars out on test are sometimes seen in the local lanes!
St John Baptist - Church - Berkswell
Not strictly a Warks. or Coventry Church as it is in the area of West Midlands. It is situated very close to Coventry and warrants inclusion. We rarely venture into the churches, as our duty on a wedding day is with the cars. I have peered into St John Baptist and can thoroughly recommend a visit. The church is 12th Century Norman with earlier 8th Century Saxon origins. A vaulted Saxon crypt still survives. The 16th Century Tudor porch houses the first village school in the room above. Much of the recent wooden carvings are by Robert Thompson (the mouseman).
St Peter's Church - Dunchurch - Rugby
St Peter's has been much changed and renovated over the years but does have a saxon origin of which some evidence still remains. It is situated very close to the house that was used by the gunpowder plotters of Guy Fawkes fame. The centre of the village has been designated a conservation area and has many 15th century half timbered and thatched buildings. Weddings are often held at the Church prior to a reception at nearby Dunchurch Park Hotel (one of our favourites in Warwickshire). To extend the journey for the Bride and Groom we usually take a leisurely detour around the village, allowing for a few minutes relaxation before arrival at the hotel.