Close by lies the site of the Battle of Edge Hill, contested in October 23, 1642 during the Civil War. Re-enactments take place nearly every year. A good vantage point is from the local hostelry, the Castle Inn, situated on the top of the 211m Cotswold escarpment. The Castle Inn incorporates the famous octagonal Radway Tower, built by Sanderson Miller in 1750, and based on the Guy’s Tower of Warwick Castle. Charles I raised his standard at the tower before descending into the valley for the fateful battle, and passing on the way Radway Grange, home at the time of the Washington family, and now home to Prodrive Chairman Dave Richards. Also nearby is the National Trust property, Upton House, dating from 1695 with its magnificent paintings collected by Lord Bearsted. It also has a large garden including a 1930’s water garden. Hornton stone has been quarried for centuries from near Edgehill. As well as the local houses, the stone graces the likes of Westminster Abbey.