Place:Priors Marston, Warwickshire, England

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NamePriors Marston
Alt namesPriors-Marstonsource: Family History Library Catalog
Marston Priorssource: alternate name
TypeChapelry, Civil parish
Coordinates52.21°N 1.285°W
Located inWarwickshire, England
See alsoPriors Hardwick, Warwickshire, Englandancient parish of which it was part
Kington Hundred, Warwickshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Southam Rural, Warwickshire, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1894-1974
Stratford on Avon District, Warwickshire, Englandadministrative district covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Priors Marston is a village in Warwickshire, England, 6 miles (9.7 km) southwest of Daventry in Northamptonshire. The Oxford Canal and the Jurassic Way (long distance footpath) both run nearby. According to the UK census of 2001 the population of the parish was 506, which increased to 579 at the 2011 UK census. Most of the parish inhabitants live in the village.

In the village's toponym, "Priors" records the fact the village belonged to St. Mary's Priory in Coventry. "Marston" combines the Old English words Merse referring to a lake which formed a fishery in the early history of the village and tun meaning a settlement.

The Church of England parish church is dedicated to Saint Leonard. The earliest known church on this site was built in the 13th century. The tower dates from the 17th and 18th centuries, but the building was largely rebuilt in 1863 as it stands today. The village also has a disused Moravian Church.

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Priors Marston was originally a hamlet and chapelry in the ancient parish of Priors Hardwick in the Kington Hundred of Warwickshire.

It was made a civil parish in 1866 and in 1894 it became part of the Southam Rural District. Since 1974 it has been in the Stratford on Avon District.

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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