Princethorpe

Princethorpe is a village and civil parish in the Rugby district of Warwickshire, which in in 2001 had a population of 382. Located roughly halfway between Rugby and Leamington Spa at the crossroads of the A423, B4453 and B4455 (Fosse Way) roads it contains a pub called the Three Horse Shoes and on the Leamington Road is situated Our Lady’s Primary School with around 100 children between the ages of 4 and 11.

Just outside the village is Princethorpe College, the Roman Catholic Secondary school which is home to Our Lady of the Angels’ Chapel. The college incorporates buildings of the former St. Mary’s Priory, which was founded by French Benedictine nuns from Montargis who sought asylum from the French Revolution. Our Lady of the Angels’ Chapel was designed and built by Pugin. There is also an independent catholic retreat centre close to the college. The area surrounding the college is heavily wooded. There is a small, well-stocked pond among the trees called Little Switzerland.

Princethorpe was originally in the parish of Wolston but was made, for convenience, a separate parish with Stretton by an Act of Parliament in the reign of William III. The Parish was to be known as the Parish of All Saints with the Vicar, Francis Hunt, residing in Stretton.

Princethorpe College