- source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
- source: Family History Library Catalog
NOTE: There is also a suburb of Birmingham named Billesley. The Birmingham Billesley may be a northern extension of the Billesley which has remained in Warwickshire, but it is a 20th century suburb. See Wikipedia for more details.
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Billesley is a village and civil parish in the Stratford on Avon District of Warwickshire, England, just off the A46 road, between Stratford and Alcester. According to the 2001 UK census, the parish had a population of 46. From the 2011 UK census the population of the civil parish had been included with Haselor.
It has its own Church of All Saints. The church is not registered for marriages and comes under the Parish of Wilmcote. Of particular interest to architectural historians are the traditional closed family pews, as well as the miniature lofts; the church itself is a pocket gem of 18th century design. Billesley Manor has a key to the church.
Billesley Manor (now an hotel) was originally a private home and the manor's tenants (inhabitants?) owned more of the land than the house is set on now. The building dates from c.1610 and is a grade II* listed building. The original owners are buried in the churchyard. Like many of the local churches, it is rumoured that William Shakespeare was a regular visitor, at least to the tiny churchyard that predates the later church.
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Billesley was originally an ancient parish in the Barlichway Hundred of Warwickshire, England.
It was made a civil parish in 1866 and in 1894 it became part of the Stratford on Avon Rural Rural District. Since 1974 it has been part of the non-metropolitan Stratford on Avon District.
- The website British History Online provides seven volumes of the Victoria County History Series on Warwickshire. The first (Vol 2) covers the religious houses of the county; Volumes 3 through 6 provide articles the settlements in each of the hundreds in turn, and Volumes 7 and 8 deal with Birmingham and Coventry respectively.
- GENUKI main page for Warwickshire provides information on various topics covering the whole of the county, and also a link to a list of parishes. Under each parish there is a list of the settlements within it and brief description of each. This is a list of pre-1834 ancient or ecclesiastical parishes but there are suggestions as to how to find parishes set up since then. GENUKI provides references to other organizations who hold genealogical information for the local area. There is no guarantee that the website has been kept up to date and therefore the reader should check additional sources if possible.
- Warwickshire and West Midland family history societies are listed in GENUKI.
- The FamilyTree Wiki has a series of pages similar to those provided by GENUKI which may have been prepared at a later date and from more recent data. The wiki has a link to English Jurisdictions 1851. There is a list of all the parishes in existence at that date with maps indicating their boundaries. The website is very useful for finding the ecclesiastical individual parishes within large cities and towns.
- A Vision of Britain through Time, Warwickshire, section "Units and Statistics" leads to analyses of population and organization of the county from about 1800 through 1974. There are pages available for all civil parishes, municipal boroughs and other administrative divisions. Descriptions provided are usually based on a gazetteer of 1870-72 which often provides brief notes on the economic basis of the settlement and significant occurences through its history.
- The two maps below indicate the boundaries between parishes, etc., but for a more detailed view of a specific area try a map from this selection. The oldest series are very clear at the third magnification offered. Comparing the map details with the GENUKI details for the same area is well worthwhile.