|Type||Parish (ancient), Civil parish|
|Located in||Warwickshire, England|
|See also||Knightlow Hundred, Warwickshire, England||hundred in which it was located|
|Rugby Rural, Warwickshire, England||rural district in which it was situated 1894-1932|
|Rugby, Warwickshire, England||municipal borough of which into which it was part absorbed in 1932|
|Dunchurch, Warwickshire, England||civil parish of which into which it was part absorbed in 1932|
|Rugby District, Warwickshire, England||administrative district covering the area since 1974|
- source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
- source: Family History Library Catalog
- the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia
Bilton is an area of Rugby in Warwickshire and a ward of the Borough of Rugby. It comprises much of the western half of the town.
Historically a village in its own right (in fact, many Bilton residents still refer to the area as a village), Bilton's name is derived from the Anglo-Saxon Beolatun (Beola's town), and it was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as both Beltone and Bentone. The Church of St. Mark in Bilton dates from the mid-14th century.
In the 20th century, Bilton was subsumed by the expansion of Rugby and was officially merged into the borough of Rugby in 1932. From 1894 until 1932 it had been part of Rugby Rural District. In the division of 1932 almost 25% of its area went to the parish of Dunchurch.
The old village centre of Bilton still survives and is located about 1.5 miles from Rugby town centre. The village green of Bilton contains the remains of an ancient cross and stocks.
- 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.
Categories: Warwickshire, England | Bilton, Warwickshire, England | Knightlow Hundred, Warwickshire, England | Rugby Rural, Warwickshire, England | Rugby, Warwickshire, England | Dunchurch, Warwickshire, England | Rugby District, Warwickshire, England