a walk along the High Street one might start at the junction with
Kenilworth Road where history faces you from all sides. On the
one corner stand the Berrow Homes, fine old buildings in their
own right, but standing now on what was the village green, replete
with stocks, in centuries past.
the Knowle Indian Brassarie, 1690 High Street, occupies what was,
from 1835 to 1934, a Congregational chapel. This having then moved
to new premises on Station Road, and being now known as the United
the very corner of the junction stands Brocade. From 1912 until
the 1930s this was Knowle Police Station, but most residents remember
it as Maddocks Newsagents, a much respected servant of the village
until its closure over a decade ago.
opposite that stands the Red Lion, one of four public houses that
served both the village and travellers on what was once the Warwick
Turnpike, became the A41 and remains a busy through route today.
The Red Lion dates from the 17th century and some evidence of
its true age remains even now. Nearby, alas, the second of these
four inns is now no more. The fine timbered frontage of the White
Swan went when it was demolished in 1939. The National Westminster
Bank now stands in its place.
few doors down from the junction, the highly successful Bread
Collection took over from Curtis' Bakery which operated in the
building serving the village for a century until a few years ago.
are a number of original cottages that date from the 16th/17th
centuries to be seen operating as business premises now as one
walks the full the length of the High Street. A good example is
another Indian Restaurant, the Ellora, which with its attached
neighbour, Oxfam, have seen about 400 years of change.
the far end of the High Street, then, stand the other two old
public houses. At the junction with Lodge Road The Rising Sun,
now the Wilson Arms. Back up the hill from there the coaching
inn called the Mermaid was the place to stay on the High Street
from the early days of horse drawn travel. Like its near neighbour,
it takes its present name from a former Lord of the Manor, in
this case Henry Greswolde Lewis.