Place:Balsall, Warwickshire, England

Alt namesBalsall Commonsource: principal village in parish
Balsall Streetsource: hamlet in parish
Chadwick Endsource: hamlet in parish
Fen Endsource: hamlet in parish
Balshallsource: Family History Library Catalog
Temple-Balsallsource: Family History Library Catalog
Temple Balsallsource: alternate spelling
TypeChapelry, Civil parish
Coordinates52.391°N 1.652°W
Located inWarwickshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inWest Midlands, England     (1974 - )
See alsoHampton in Arden, Warwickshire, Englandancient parish of which it was part
Hemlingford Hundred, Warwickshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Solihull Rural, Warwickshire, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1894-1932
Meriden Rural, Warwickshire, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1932-1974
Solihull (metropolitan borough), West Midlands, Englandmetropolitan borough covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog

the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Balsall Common is a large village and one of the larger rural settlements in the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull, situated 7 miles (11 km) west of central Coventry, 8.5 miles (13.7 km) east of central Solihull and 14 miles (23 km) to the southeast of Birmingham, to which it serves as a prosperous commuter village.

The civil parish of Balsall also includes Balsall Street, Temple Balsall, Fen End, and Chadwick End, and had a population of 7,039 according at the 2011 UK census. It also lies on the Heart of England Way.

Balsall Common is of recent origin; most of the houses and shops were built in the 20th century. Previously, the village consisted of a couple of hamlets of about six to twelve houses each and a few scattered cottages. In the 1930s there began the development which linked these isolated buildings, but it was not until after World War II that the village really began to grow.

Other nearby towns and villages include Knowle, Kenilworth, Warwick, Hampton in Arden and Hatton. end of Wikipedia contribution

Balsall was originally a township in the ancient parish of Hampton in Arden in the Hemlingford Hundred of Warwickshire.

It was made a civil parish in 1866 and in 1894 it became part of the Solihull Rural District. In 1932 Solihull Rural District was abolished and Balsall was transferred to Meriden Rural District. At the same time the neighbouring parish of Knowle was absorbed into Balsall. Since 1974 it has been in the Solihull Metropolitian Borough. (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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