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Council elections 2009: Warwickshire

William Shakespeare's birthplace in Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

All 62 seats at Warwickshire County Council, currently under no overall control, will be contested at the June election.

Warwickshire is probably best known as the birthplace of William Shakespeare, who came from Stratford-upon-Avon.

Road signs at county boundaries describe it as "Shakespeare's County".

Other notable literary figures to come from Warwickshire include George Eliot, Rupert Brooke and Michael Drayton.

Stratford-upon-Avon is home to the Royal Shakespeare Company and the town is one of the biggest tourist attractions in central England.

Most of Warwickshire's population live in the north and centre of the county while the south is largely rural and sparsely populated.

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