Place:Radbourne, Warwickshire, England

Alt namesRadbournsource: alternate spelling
Upper Radbournesource: extra parochial tract making up Radbourne
Upper Radbournsource: alternate spelling
Lower Radbournesource: extra parochial tract making up Radbourne
Lower Radbournsource: alternate spelling
TypeChapelry, Civil parish
Coordinates52.226°N 1.375°W
Located inWarwickshire, England
See alsoKnightlow Hundred, Warwickshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Southam Rural, Warwickshire, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1894-1974
Stratford on Avon District, Warwickshire, Englandadministrative district covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog

NOTE: Because of the extremely small size of both Upper and Lower Radbourne it has been decided to described them together. There is no article for Radbourne or for either of its two parts in Wikipedia. This infers that since 1974 they are now merged with another adjacent parish. Given their location this is probably Ladbroke or Priors Hardwick. Google Earth shows that Ladbroke is closest.

Radbourn is the more modern spelling. It has been redirected here.

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

"RADBOURNE, two extra-parochial tracts and a chapelry in Southam [registration] district, Warwick. The tracts are Lower [Radbourne] and Upper [Radbourne]; and they lie near the Oxford Canal, 2¾ miles N E of Fenny-Compton [railway] station, and 3¾ S S E of Southam. Post-town: Southam, under Rugby. Real property: £906 and £726. Population: 17 and 15. Houses: 3 and 2. The chapelry consists of the two tracts. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Worcester. Value, £40. Patrons, the Rev. E. Topham and others."

Lower Radbourne and Upper Radbourne were originally two hamlets making up one chapelry in the ancient parish of Monks Kirby in the Knightlow Hundred of Warwickshire.

Both were made civil parishes in 1858 and in 1894 became part of the Southam Rural District. In 1974 they were absorbed into the Borough of Rugby.

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.