Place:Whitchurch, Warwickshire, England

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NameWhitchurch
Alt namesCrimscotesource: settlement in parish
Wimpstonesource: settlement in parish
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates52.134°N 1.69°W
Located inWarwickshire, England
See alsoKington Hundred, Warwickshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Stratford on Avon 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


There are 8 different parishes named Whitchurch around England and Wales--according to the 2011 UK census. Care should be taken in selecting the right one.


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Whitchurch is a small hamlet lying on the left bank of the River Stour in Warwickshire, England, some four miles south-south-east of the town of Stratford upon Avon. The population at the 2011 UK census was 174.

Consisting today of just five properties (the total population in 2007 was only 19), the hamlet occupies the site of an earlier, larger village which was depopulated in the 15th and 16th centuries as the result of land clearance schemes carried out by the then lords of the manor. A Norman church survives, now standing alone in the middle of fields, and the medieval village's fish ponds are still visible today when the river floods.

Until 1931 the parish of Whitchurch – which includes the larger settlements of Wimpstone and Crimscote – formed (together with the parishes of Ilmington and Stretton on Fosse) a detached part of Warwickshire, separated from the rest of the county by an exclave of Worcestershire.

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A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Whitchurch from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"WHITCHURCH, a parish in Stratford-on-Avon [registration] district, Warwick; 4 miles SE of Milcote [railway] station, and 5¼ SSE of Stratford. Post town: Stratford-on-Avon. Acres: 1,942. Real property: £3,971. Population: 234. Houses: 50. The manor belongs to J. R. West, Esq. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Worcester. Value: £287. Patron: J. R. West, Esq. Charities, £8."

Whitchurch was originally an ancient parish in the Kington Hundred of Warwickshire, England.

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