Place:Stoke, Warwickshire, England

Alt namesStoke Greensource: village in parish
TypeChapelry, Parish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates52.41°N 1.459°W
Located inWarwickshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inWest Midlands, England     (1974 - )
See alsoCoventry St. Michael, Warwickshire, Englandancient parish 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 which absorbed it in 1932
Coventry (metropolitan borough), West Midlands, Englandmetropolitan borough covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog

NOTE: There are five villages in England named Stoke and 17 more places with the word Stoke as part of their name, e.g. North Stoke, Stoke on Trent, Stoke Charity. Be careful to choose the correct one.

This particular Stoke no longer exists, having been absorbed into Coventry in 1932.

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

"STOKE, a parish, with a village, in Foleshill [registration] district, Warwick[shire]; 2 miles ENE of Coventry [railway] station. It has a post-office, of the name of Stoke-Green, under Coventry. Acres: 920. Real property: £9,643. Population in 1851: 1,031; in 1861: 1,555. Houses: 325. The manor belongs to the corporation of Coventry. There are many fine villas. Ribbon-weaving is carried on. The living is a vicarage, united with Walsgrave, in the diocese of Worcester. Value: £333. Patron: the Lord Chancellor. The church is ancient, and has been repaired and enlarged. There are an Independent chapel and a national school."

Stoke was originally a chapelry in the ancient parish of Coventry St. Michael in the Knightlow Hundred of Warwickshire.

It was made a civil parish in the 19th century and in 1894 it became part of the Foleshill Rural District. In 1932 Stoke was absorbed into Coventry County Borough. Since 1974 it has been in the City of Coventry in the county of the West Midlands.

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.