The birthplace of William Shakespeare, who came from Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire is located in the West Midlands of England.
The writers George Eliot and Rupert Brooke also called Warwickshire their home.
St Alfred's School appears to be a fictional institution created by Boyd. But Warwick School (pictured) gives an idea of what St Alfred's could have looked like. Warwick School is the oldest boy's school in England and the third-oldest surviving school in the country.