Place:Bourton on Dunsmore, Warwickshire, England

NameBourton on Dunsmore
Alt namesBourton-upon-Dunsmoorsource: village in parish spelling variation
Bourton upon Dunsmoorsource: village in parish spelling variation
Burton-on-Dunsmoresource: village in parish spelling variation
Burton on Dunsmoresource: village in parish spelling variation
Bourton and Draycotesource: name of whole parish
Burton and Draycottesource: 19th century placename
Draycotesource: hamlet in parish
Draycottsource: spelling variation
Franktonsource: hamlet in parish
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates52.32°N 1.37°W
Located inWarwickshire, England
See alsoKnightlow 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
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog

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Bourton on Dunsmore is a small village in Warwickshire, England. Along with the nearby hamlet of Draycote it forms the joint civil parish of Bourton and Draycote.

Bourton is part of the Borough of Rugby (or Rugby District) and is located around six miles southwest of the town of Rugby, just south of the B4453 road.

Bourton on Dunsmore was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. Bourton Hall in the village is a large stone mansion house which dates from 1791, and probably stands on the site of an earlier house.

Bourton is located upon a ridge overlooking the Draycote Water reservoir. Draycote is located at the bottom of the ridge towards the reservoir. Just to the west of Bourton is the village of Frankton.

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

"BOURTON-UPON-DUNSMOOR, a parish in Rugby [registration] district, Warwick[shire]; on the river Leam, and on the Leamington and Rugby railway, 1 mile SSE of Birdingbury station, and 5½ SW by W of Rugby. It includes the hamlet of Draycott; and has a post office, of the name of Bourton, under Rugby. Acres: 2,520. Real property: £3,186. Population: 382. Houses: 77. The property is divided among a few. Bourton Hall is the seat of B. Shuckburgh, Esq. The parish is a meet for the North Warwick hounds. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Worcester. Value: £350. Patron: B. Shuckburgh, Esq. The church was repaired in 1859. Charities, £19."

Bourton and Draycote was originally an ancient parish in the Knightlow Hundred of Warwickshire, England. It had no subsidiary chapelries or townships.

It was made a civil parish in 1866 and in 1894 it became part of the 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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