History of Knightcote and Burton Dassett in Warwickshire

Knightcote is a hamlet situated in the county of Warwickshire. It is a rural settlement and has a great community spirit. The origin of the name dates back to 1242 when Ralph de knyghtcote held it for ½ a Knights fee. In 1765 William Yardley held the village. The Yardley’s have been here ever since and today Mrs Yardley occupies the Manor House and its farmland. Knightcote grew as a village due to the good water at the spring, at Springwell farm. The spring is clearly viewed on the roadside as you walk around the village.

Knightcote is situated in the parish of Burton Dassett. The country is described as open and undulating, only rising in the southeast to the hills of Burton Dassett. It is a great area for arable, sheep, beef and milking farmers.


Burton Dassett was mentioned in the Doomsday book as a large Norman settlement and evidence of this can be seen in the church, which is one of the grandest in the Midlands. Also on the hills is the beacon tower, built as a late medieval look out and used in the civil war (1642) to signal neighbouring edge hill.


It is a great place to visit as it is situated right in the middle of the England, with Shakespeare’s Stratford upon Avon and theatres, Warwick Castle and its national trust properties, Banbury and it’s Famous Cross 15minutes away, Birmingham Museums and Nightlife and Bicester Shopping Centre 30 minutes away and to London just over 1 hours drive away, making Lego land and the Harry Potter studio tour well worth considering when you stay with us .