Place:Watergall, Warwickshire, England

TypeExtra parochial area, Civil parish
Coordinates52.194°N 1.384°W
Located inWarwickshire, England
See alsoHodnell, Warwickshire, Englandparochial tract of which it was in the care until 1858
Knightlow 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

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

"WATERGALL, an extra-parochial tract in Southam [registration] district, Warwick; 4 miles S by E of Southam. Real property: £726. Population: 14. Houses: 2."

Watergall was originally an extra parochial tract adjacent to and in the care of Hodnell in the Knightlow Hundred of Warwickshire.

It was made a civil parish in 1858 and in 1894 it became part of the Southam Rural District. Since 1974 it has been in the Stratford on Avon District. (Source: A Vision of Britain through Time)

There is no article in Wikipedia and A Vision of Britain through Time does not state the ward of Stratford on Avon District that Hodnell is now in. The OS map of 1935 (listed below) locates Watergall and the nearby extra parochial tracts east of Bishops Itchington, west of Priors Hardwick and south of Southam. Even today this is a very empty part of the country.

The Victoria County History of Warwickshire, provided by British History Online, has a chapter on the Parish of Hodnell. This describes the area in greater detail and traces the land ownership through the period 1300-1800.

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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