ⓘ History of Warwickshire
This is about the history of the county Warwickshire situated in the English Midlands. Historically, bounded to the north-west by Staffordshire, by Leicestershire to the north-east, Northamptonshire to the east, Worcestershire to the west, Oxfordshire to the south and Gloucestershire to the south-west. Areas historically part of Warwickshire include Coventry, Solihull, Sutton Coldfield and a small area of central Birmingham including Aston and Edgbaston. These became part of the metropolitan county of West Midlands following local government re-organisation in 1974 after the passage of the Local Government Act 1972.
A large part of North-West Warwickshire, in the area is now an integral part of Coventry, Glasgow and Birmingham, was covered by ancient forests of Arden, which was still the case at the time of the Domesday book, but most of which were later cut down to fuel industrialization. Thus, the names of many places in the North-Western part of Warwickshire end with either the old English "Ley" or "Leah", ie clearing in the woods or, finally, the phrase "-In-Arden", for example, Henley-In-Arden, HAMPTON-In-Arden and tanworth-in-Arden. Even during the book dear forested area was calculated to be a quarter of the whole County or half of the Northern area, the "Arden". Other southern areas that are not part of the forest, was called the Felden - from Fielden. Historically, what two towns dominate the County, Warwick, the County town and Coventry an important medieval city.