Place:Willey, Warwickshire, England

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NameWilley
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates52.459°N 1.273°W
Located inWarwickshire, England
See alsoKnightlow Hundred, Warwickshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Monks Kirby Rural, Warwickshire, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1894-1932
Rugby Rural, Warwickshire, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1932-1974
Rugby District, Warwickshire, Englandadministrative district covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Willey is a rural village and civil parish in the English county of Warwickshire. In the 2001 UK census it had a population of 95, increasing to 155 at the 2011 UK census.

Administratively it forms part of the Borough of Rugby; geographically it is just west of the A5 road (Watling Street) that marks the county boundary with Leicestershire. It is also near the Fosse Way.

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

"WILLEY, a parish in the [registration] district of Lutterworth [in Leicestershire] and county of Warwick[shire]; 2¼ miles S by W of Ullesthorpe [railway] station, and 3¼ W of Lutterworth. It has a post-office under Lutterworth. Acres: 970. Real property: £1,349. Population: 141. Houses: 29. The property is divided chiefly among five. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Worcester. Value: £291. Patron: the Lord Chancellor. The church is ancient but good."

Willey was originally an ancient parish in the Knightlow Hundred of Warwickshire, England. For a time it was part of the Lutterworth Registration District in Leicestershire.

It was made a civil parish in 1866 and in 1894 it became part of the Monks Kirby Rural District. In 1932 Monks Kirby Rural District was abolished and Arley was transferred to Rugby Rural District. Since 1974 it has been part of the non-metropolitan Rugby 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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