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The Coventry Canal and a series of eleven locks runs through the town, as does the West Coast Main Line railway.Atherstone has its railway station on this line, with an hourly service 7 days a week to both London and Crewe via Stafford and Stoke.Local sheep farmers and cattle graziers supplied wool and leather to local tanners and shoemakers (an industry that continued until the 1970s), while metalworkers, locksmiths and nailers fired their furnaces with local coal and the alemakers supplied thirsty palates on market days.The surviving inventories from 16th century Mancetter provide a fascinating glimpse into Atherstone’s Elizabethan merchants and traders, before the town was economically overshadowed by the bustling cities of Coventry and Birmingham.While it remained an agricultural settlement in medieval times, attempts were made to encourage merchants and traders through the creation of burgage plots, a type of land tenure that provided them with special privileges.A manuscript discovered by Marjorie Morgan among the muniments of Cambridge’s King's College (Ms.The production of felt hats in the town ceased altogether with the closure of the Wilson & Stafford factory in 1999.

Atherstone was once an important hatting town, and became well known for its felt hats. Subscribe to the RSS service for a news feed directly to your desktop.The last gathering of the British Hillclimb and Midland Hill Climb Championship event took place at Loton Park over the weekend, to decide the final c...An important defended Roman settlement named Manduessedum existed at Mancetter near the site of modern-day Atherstone, and the Roman road, the Watling Street (most of which later became part of the A5) ran through the town.It is believed by some historians that the rebel Queen of the Britons, Boudica was defeated at the Battle of Watling Street by the Romans in her final battle near Manduessedum.

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