This page contains links to miscellaneous documents and information which relate to the history of Weddington Castle. They have been used as source information for the Castle History, and in some instances these documents are not publicly available (such as the Deeds of Sale documents).
Click on the links below to access the documents.
Auction Catalogue of Castle Contents in 1843
Newspaper notice of Castle sale in 1843 following Lionel Place's death
Newspaper notice of Castle sale and 62 acre estate in 1851 (second column)
Auction Catalogue of Sale of the Castle by the Place Family 1861
Notice of sale of contents from 1865 by Cookes & Sons (March 25 1865, Leamington Spa Courier)
Notice of cancellation of annual picnic in the Castle grounds due to ban on dancing! 1866
Article on a woman arrested for fortune telling in Weddington
Details of Auction of Castle Contents by F. H. Kay 1874
Newspaper report on a nearly nude sleep-walker at the Castle! (Sheffield Daily Telegraph 1878) - FULL PAGE
Newspaper report on a nearly nude sleep-walker at the Castle! (Sheffield Daily Telegraph 1878) - DETAIL
Article on 'Mystery Guest' (possibly Mrs Shawe?) seen at the Castle from Midweek Mag published in 1987
Poaching incident on the Weddington Castle estate! (Leicester Chronicle - Saturday 15 February 1890)
BBC audio item on Weddington Castle as a Red Cross Hospital: Weddington, Nuneaton: Voluntary Aided Hospital (MP3 file. 6th November 2014)
Article on St James Church, Weddington from Leamington Spa Courier - Saturday 2 May 1891, which refers to a possible Van Dyck painting there that was once in the Castle.
Article from 1903 on the Atherstone fox hunt (regularly attended and hosted by the Shawes of Weddington Castle). Column 5, half way down.
Interesting article from Tamworth Herald, Saturday 30 January 1915, with a recollection of H C Shawe on local cock-fighting!
Fascinating account of presentations made to nursing staff of the Weddington Castle Red Cross Hospital after the end of WW1. (Tamworth Herald - Saturday 14 June 1919) (in the fifth column along).
Newspaper report from 1926, showing that pilfering on the derelict Weddington estate was rife before it was demolished.
Wills of the Owners of Weddington Castle
Deeds relating to Sale of Weddington Estate Lands
Message from Webmaster on 10th Anniversary of Weddington Castle website in 2015
Ghosts of Weddington
The Murder of Polly Button by John Danks 1927
Archaeological Evaluation at St James's Church Weddington, Warwickshire. January 2000 (970KB)*
'The Sword, the Snake and the Curse at Pyreway Field' - a fictional novel by local historian and geologist Alan F Cook set in Weddington. Available to purchase from Amazon.co.uk. All royalties from this book go to Birmingham Children's Hospital.
'The 12th Face of Ruth's Destiny' - a fictional novel by local historian and geologist Alan F Cook set in Weddington. Available to purchase from Amazon.co.uk. All royalties from this book go to Birmingham Children's Hospital.
History of Attleborough Aerodrome
Castle Plans by the architect Robert Lugar, 1811 (2MB)**
Kelly's Directory of Warwickshire, 1896 - Weddington reference (PDF)
A History of the County of Warwick: Volume 4, 1947 - Weddington reference
A History of the County of Warwick: Volume 4, 1947 - Nuneaton reference
Miscellaneous references to Weddington Castle in historical documents
1938 programme of a production by the Nuneaton Amateur Operatic Society called "Princess Charming" at the Hippodrome (please note - this PDF is around 6MB in size)
The Parts of a Manor House by Sidney H. Heath
Letter dated 14/09/2012 from Nuneaton Museum acknowledging donation of various historical items relating to Weddington Castle and old Nuneaton (donation reference: NUMMG 2012.23.1-16 )
Eight page guide by the Local History Group to accompany a history Walk of Weddington and relics of the Castle in 2021 (PDF)
and finally...this article from 'The Cornishman' of 2nd August 1894, advising of the number of eggs laid by partridges at Weddington Hall, just didn't fit anywhere else!