Place:Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, England

NameStratford upon Avon
Alt namesAetstretfordaesource: Canby, Historic Places (1984) II, 893
Stradfordesource: Oxford: English Place Names (1960) p 449
Straet-fordsource: Oxford: English Place Names (1960) p 449
Strafford on Avonsource: Oxford: English Place Names (1960) p 449
Stratfordsource: Encyclopædia Britannica (1988) XI, 306
Stratford-on-Avonsource: Times Atlas of the World (1994) p 190
Stratford-upon-Avonsource: Family History Library Catalog
Ufera Stretfordsource: Oxford: English Place Names (1960) p 449
TypeTownship, Civil parish, Borough (municipal)
Coordinates52.193°N 1.711°W
Located inWarwickshire, England
See alsoOld Stratford, Warwickshire, Englandancient parish of which it was part
Barlichway Hundred, Warwickshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Stratford on Avon District, Warwickshire, Englandnon-metropolitan district covering the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

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Stratford-upon-Avon (known locally as Stratford) is a market town and civil parish in the south of the county of Warwickshire, England. It lies on the River Avon, southeast of Birmingham and southwest of Warwick. It is the largest and most populous town of the non-metropolitan district of Stratford on Avon, which uses the term "on" rather than "upon" to distinguish it from the town itself. The estimated total population for four wards making up Stratford in 2007 was 25,505.

The town is a popular tourist destination owing to its status as birthplace of the playwright and poet William Shakespeare, often regarded as the world's greatest playwright of all time, receiving about 4.9 million visitors a year from all over the world. The Royal Shakespeare Company resides in Stratford's Royal Shakespeare Theatre, one of Britain's most important cultural venues.

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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