Place:Foleshill, Warwickshire, England

Alt namesCourthouse Greensource: village in parish
Longfordsource: village in parish
Rowley Greensource: village in parish
TypeChapelry, Parish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates52.433°N 1.467°W
Located inWarwickshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inWest Midlands, England    
See alsoCoventry, Warwickshire, Englandancient liberty of which it was part
Knightlow Hundred, Warwickshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Foleshill Rural, Warwickshire, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1894-1932
Coventry, Warwickshire, Englandcounty borough to which most was transferred in 1928 and 1932
Exhall (near Coventry), Warwickshire, Englandcivil parish to which the remainder was transferred in 1932
Coventry (metropolitan borough), West Midlands, Englandmetropolitan borough covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog

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Foleshill is now a suburb in the north of Coventry in the West Midlands, England. Longford, Courthouse Green and Rowley Green are villages in the north of the parish and the separate parish of Keresley is to its west. The population of the ward at the 2011 UK census was 19,943.

Development of industries within the area such as the Ordnance Works, J&J Cash Ltd (silk ribbon weaving), and various brick works; was aided by the existence of the Coventry to Nuneaton railway and the Coventry Canal.

Jaguar Cars had a factory in the area in the 1930s and 1940s. Riley Cars were based in Foleshill from 1916 to 1948, when production was moved to the MG factory in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

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Foleshill was originally a chapelry in the ancient parish of Coventry in the Knightlow Hundred Hundred of Warwickshire. It was only a chapelry until 1552 when it was made an ancient parish itself. This was within the Liberty of Coventry.

It was made a civil parish in the 19th century and in 1894 it became part of the Foleshill Rural District. In 1928 a substantial part of the parish was absorbed into Coventry and in 1932 when the rural district was abolished the remainder was split between Coventry and the parish of Exhall. Since 1974 it has been in the Coventry Metropolitan 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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