Place:Brownsover, Warwickshire, England

TypeChapelry, Civil parish
Coordinates52.39°N 1.24°W
Located inWarwickshire, England
See alsoClifton upon Dunsmore, Warwickshire, Englandancient parish of which it was part
Knightlow Hundred, Warwickshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Rugby Rural, Warwickshire, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1894-1974
Rugby District, Warwickshire, Englandadministrative district covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
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Brownsover is a small village about  1 1⁄2 miles north of Rugby, Warwickshire in England. Since 1960, it is very much a suburb of Rugby.

The original hamlet of Brownsover (Old Brownsover) still exists, to the west of A426 "Leicester Road", where Brownsover Hall is situated. This country house was rebuilt in the Victorian era by the Ward-Boughton-Leigh family, county landowners who still today own land in the area and who donated to Rugby School the ground where William Webb Ellis first ran with a football. Brownsover is also where Frank Whittle developed the jet engine in the 1930s. The hall has now become a large hotel and conference centre. The hamlet also contains an old house which is where it is believed Lawrence Sheriff (c1510-1567), the founder of Rugby School, was born.

The new part of Brownsover (New Brownsover), to the east of Leicester Road, contains modern housing estates built mostly during the 1960s and 70s.

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Brownsover was originally a township in the ancient parish of Clifton upon Dunsmore in the Knightlow Hundred of Warwickshire.

It was made a civil parish in 1866 and in 1894 it became part of the Rugby Rural District. Since 1974 it has been in the Rugby District. (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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