|Type||Parish (ancient), Civil parish|
|Located in||Warwickshire, England|
|See also||Wellesbourne Mountford, Warwickshire, England||civil parish from which it was formed in 1952|
|Wellesbourne Hastings, Warwickshire, England||civil parish from which it was formed in 1952|
|Stratford on Avon Rural, Warwickshire, England||rural district in which it was situated 1952-1974|
|Stratford on Avon District, Warwickshire, England||non-metropolitan district covering the area since 1974|
- source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
- the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia
Wellesbourne is a large village and civil parish in the county of Warwickshire, England. In the 2001 census the parish, which also includes the village of Walton, had a population of 5,691 in the UK census of 2001. In 2011 the population was measured at 5,849.
With the rapid increase in new housing and industrial developments since the 1990s, Wellesbourne is increasingly referred to as a small commuter town servicing its larger neighbours such as Stratford upon Avon, Warwick, Leamington Spa and Banbury, and a little further afield, the cities of Coventry and Birmingham.
Wellesbourne sits on the A429 road, and is located around seven miles south of Warwick and five miles east of Stratford-upon-Avon. Nearby are the villages of Walton and Kineton.
Wellesbourne was once two villages – Wellesbourne Mountford and Wellesbourne Hastings, the two villages being divided by the River Dene. In 1952 the two parishes were merged, and are now considered to be a single village. For these historical reasons Wellesbourne has two village centres, Chestnut Square and the Precinct respectively.
Wellesbourne Hall, dating from about 1700 and grade 2* listed, was owned by the Dewes (later Granville) family for nearly two centuries until 1920.
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Wellesbourne was originally an ancient parish in the Kington Hundred of Warwickshire, England. It included the chapelry of Walton D'Eiville (now Walton) and townships of Wellesbourne Hastings and Wellesbourne Mountford.
Wellesbourne did not become a civil parish until 1952. Previous to that the administration was under Wellesbourne Hastings and Wellesbourne Mountford. From 1952 until 1974 it was part of the Stratford on Avon 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.