Kearsley's Traveller's Entertaining Guide Through Great Britain (1803):
Warwick is the capital of the county and an ancient and neat town seated upon a rocky eminence above the river Avon ,and crowned with a fine castle of the ancient earls of Warwick ,still inhabited by a nobleman, the present possessor of that title. It contains two parish churches. The houses are well-built and the town principally consists of one regular built street at each end of which is an ancient gate . Here is an hospital for twelve decayed gentlemen who have each twenty pounds a year and the chaplain fifty. The Romans had a fort here which the Picts and Scots demolished; and when repaired by Caractacus at the head of the Silures , it was taken and garrisoned by Osorius ; after which it was again ruined. It was afterwards repaired and ruined several times . Here is the Priory, C Wise esq.
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