"ALCESTER, (or Aulster), a parish in the Alcester division of the hundred of Barlichway, in the county of Warwick, 8 miles N.W. of Stratford-on-Avon, 13 miles to the S.W. of Warwick, and 103 miles from London. Its name, position, and the Roman remains found near it, point it out as the ancient Alauna, one of the stations on the Roman road named Iknield, or Ryknield Street, and vulgarly, Ickle Street. It was a large and important town in the time of the Saxons, and became a seat of their kings. A synod is said to have been held here in the 8th century. It was constituted a free borough by Henry I."
[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]