Place:Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England

Alt namesHill in Hillmortonsource: settlement in parish
Mortonsource: settlement in parish
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates52.35°N 1.217°W
Located inWarwickshire, England
See alsoKnightlow Hundred, Warwickshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Rugby Rural, Warwickshire, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1894-1932
Rugby, Warwickshire, Englandurban district into which it was part absorbed in 1932
Clifton upon Dunsmore, Warwickshire, Englandcivil parish into which it was part absorbed in 1932
Rugby District, Warwickshire, Englandadministrative district covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog

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Hillmorton is an area of the town of Rugby, Warwickshire, it comprises most of the eastern half of the town. The population of the ward taken at the 2011 UK census was 5,276.

Before Rugby spread so far east, Hillmorton was a village and a separate civil parish. At one time a market was held in Hillmorton, and remnants of the old village green still remain.

It was formed by amalgamation of two settlements: Hill (in Hillmorton) and Morton. Morton was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as land that belonged to Hugh de Grandmesnil. There is a second hamlet named Hill in the parish of Leamington Hastings (perhaps 10 miles southwest).

The Oxford Canal was built around Hillmorton in the 1770s, and later the London and Birmingham Railway in the 1830s.

In the 20th century, the growth of Rugby subsumed Hillmorton, which was officially merged into the town in 1932, and the area is now effectively a suburb of the town.

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Hillmorton was originally an ancient parish in the Knightlow Hundred of Warwickshire, England.

It was made a civil parish in 1866 and in 1894 it became part of the Rugby Rural District. In 1932 the parish was abolished and the land divided between Rugby Urban District and the civil parish of Clifton upon Dunsmore. Since 1974 it has been in the Rugby District. (Source: A Vision of Britain through Time)

Research Tips

  • 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.
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