About the County of Warwickshire
Warwickshire is a county in central England and is bordered by seven others. These are Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire. The county has been referred to as Heart of England, and the medieval cross on the village green at Meriden, between Coventry and Birmingham, has long been regarded as the exact centre of England. Warwickshire is a combination of industrial regions and beautiful landscapes and countryside. In the east of the county the River Avon enters Warwickshire from Northamptonshire and winds across it in a south-easterly direction through a broad, flat valley. This is rich farm country and some of the fields are still divided by hedges in which oak trees grow. Past Stratford-upon-Avon, where William Shakespeare was born, the river flows through many orchards full of pink and white blossoms in springtime, until it crosses into Worcestershire.