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Kenilworth

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Kenilworth is a town and civil parish in Warwickshire, England, approximately 6mi south-west of the centre of Coventry, 5mi north of Warwick and north-west of London. The town is on Finham Brook, a tributary of the River Sowe, which joins the River Avon about 2mi north-east of the town centre. The 2011 Census recorded a parish population of 22,413. Kenilworth is notable for the extensive ruins of Kenilworth Castle. Other sights include the ruins of Kenilworth Abbey in Abbey Fields park, St Nicholas' Parish Church and Kenilworth Clock.HistoryA settlement existed at Kenilworth by the time of the Domesday Book of 1086, which records it as Chinewrde meaning "farm of a woman named Cynehild".Geoffrey de Clinton (died 1134) initiated the building of an Augustinian priory in 1122, at the same time as he initiated the building of Kenilworth Castle. The priory was raised to the rank of abbey in 1450 and suppressed in the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 1530s. Thereafter the abbey grounds next to the castle, were made common land in exchange for common land that Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester used to enlarge the castle. Only a few walls and a storage barn of the original abbey survive.
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