In May 1946, Stratford's city council approved the naming of Warwick Road. It fit the Stratford Shakespearean tradition, because Warwick is the shortened form of Warwickshire, England. Warwick is also the name of the county town famous for its well-preserved medieval buildings.
The River Avon in England divides the county into woodland Warwickshire, the remains of the Forest Arden (see Arden Park), and the meadowland to the southeast. The Town of Warwickshire's main attractions are for tourists and students of architecture and medieval history. In the year 914, Ethelfleda, a daughter of Alfred the Great, built a stronghold there against the Danes. Warwick Castle is one of the few medieval fortresses in England that is still inhabited. For nearly 1,000 years it has stood on a crag above the Avon River, fortified with towers and dungeons, displaying the finest private collections of medieval armour in Britain.
No sooner had the First Folio of Shakespeare’s plays been published in 1623, than the first tourists began to trickle into Stratford-on-Avon. Shakespeare’s fame spread, and the pressures of tourism increased, spilling over to transform Warwickshire into what has now become known as "Shakespeare country." By Stanford Dingman