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To counter the earl's influence, Henry bestowed Geoffrey de Clinton with a position of power rivalling that of the earl. Warwick Castle is about 1.6 kilometres (1 mi) from Warwick railway station and less than 3.2 kilometres (2.0 mi) from junction 15 of the M40 motorway; it is also close to Birmingham Airport.
An Anglo-Saxon burh was established on the site in 914; with fortifications instigated by Æthelflæd, daughter of Alfred the Great.
In 2007, the Tussauds Group was purchased by The Blackstone Group which merged it with Merlin Entertainments; Warwick Castle was then sold to Nick Leslau's investment firm Prestbury Group under a sale and leaseback agreement.Warwick Castle is situated in the town of Warwick, on a sandstone bluff at a bend of the River Avon.The river, which runs below the castle on the east side, has eroded the rock the castle stands on, forming a cliff. When construction began in 1068, four houses belonging to the Abbot of Coventry were demolished to provide space.Following William's death, Warwick Castle passed through seven generations of the Beauchamp family, who, over the next 180 years, were responsible for most of the additions made to the castle.In 1312, Piers Gaveston, 1st Earl of Cornwall, was captured by Guy de Beauchamp, 10th Earl of Warwick, and imprisoned in Warwick Castle, until his execution on 9 June 1312.