Place:Stretton on Dunsmore, Warwickshire, England

NameStretton on Dunsmore
Alt namesStretton-on-Dunsmoresource: spelling variant
Stretton upon Dunsmoresource: spelling variant
Stretton-upon-Dunsmoresource: spelling variant
TypeHamlet, Chapelry, Civil parish
Coordinates52.35°N 1.402°W
Located inWarwickshire, England
See alsoWolston, Warwickshire, Englandancient parish of which it was part
Knightlow 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

the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Stretton-on-Dunsmore is a village and civil parish in the English county of Warwickshire. Its population in the 2001 UK census was recorded as 1,143, rising slightly to 1,159 at the 2011 UK census. In the 19th century the population was 634 [date not given, see below]. It is situated just south of the A45 trunk road, roughly half way between Rugby and Coventry. Administratively, Stretton is part of the Borough of Rugby.

Stretton means "settlement on a Roman Road" (from the Old English stræt and tun). In this case the road is Fosse Way. Stretton on Dunsmore is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Stretton-on-Dunsmore.

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

"STRETTON-UPON-DUNSMORE, a parish, with [Stretton] village and Princethorpe township, in Rugby [registration] district, Warwick[shire]; on the Fosse way and Dunsmore-Heath, 2½ miles S of Brandon [railway] station, and 6½ SE of Coventry. It has a post-office under Rugby. Acres: 3,110. Real property: £6,433. Population: 1,064. Houses: 229. The property is much subdivided. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Worcester. Value: £450. Patrons: the Rev. H. T. Powell and F. Fanquier, Esq. The church is modern, and cost £5,233. There are an endowed school with £52 a year, and charities £357."

Stretton on Dunsmore was originally a hamlet and chapelry in the ancient parish of Wolston in the Knightlow Hundred of Warwickshire. The township of Princethorpe was part of the chapelry.

It was made a civil parish in 1866 and in 1894 it became part of the Rugby Rural District. Since 1974 it has been in 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.
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