History of St. Mary’s Lands, Warwick

We’re keen to hear from you if you have any information about the history of the area. 

Racecourse Common Entrance
The image provided by a member of FoSML shows the entrance to the race course common at the lower end of Friars Street. The clothes of the people in the image indicate that the date is circa 1935.

St Marys Lands were used to support the war effort. See the attached proposal that was made by FoSML members to classify the lands with Fields in Trust organisation in 2018 as a part of the centenary celebrations.


An old postcard dating from WW1. It shows the Warwick Corporation steam roller in front of the herd’s man’s house. The house was apparently for the herd’s man who supervised the cattle on the common. The steam roller was bought from Aveling & Porter of Rochester Kent in 1892. It’s an Invicta ten-ton roller. The driver is Mr Ernest Anker who worked for the Corporation for around 60 years, driving the steam roller for 20 of them. The other man is unknown but was possibly the steam roller’s flag carrier. The notice on the house refers to the rights of members of the Warwickshire Golf Club to play on the links. The golf links was established on the common in 1886. Part of Crompton Street can be seen behind Mr Anker. (All details of this photo were taken from Rosemary Booth’s book of old postcards of Warwick. Thanks).

Happy Memories of Gog Brook – The Diver

Member Doreen Mathews recalls of the times years ago she spent the Common.

This photo would been taken over 40 years ago with my niece Helen Courtney and my children, Stephen and Alison. We were visiting Warwick and I said I would love to see “The Diver”, Gog Brook where I , with so many Warwick children spent many happy hours. Going back to my childhood, Mum would be working in our bakery shop so we would set out with Mrs Osbourne and a gang of us children with a picnic. Probably paste sandwiches and buns from our bakery. It would be late August time so we picked blackberries and nibbled red haw berries and we would splash about in the Diver. I can still feel the joy now! It was great when I was able to revisit with my own children. When coming back from Stratford, St Marys Church stood out on the horizon and would sink lower until it disappeared. I can still remember but not when, we once went up St Marys Tower. I can remember the steps going round and round. I hope that I may bring the thoughts of happy childhood times in Warwick and St Marys Lands.

Fighting on the Common

An image of a boxing match held on Warwick Common. The year is unknown, but St Marys Church can be seen in the background (2). Caesar’s tower in Warwick Castle can be seen identified by a “6” on the right side. It looked a popular event.