Place:Wroxall, Warwickshire, England

Alt namesWroxhallsource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates52.339°N 1.671°W
Located inWarwickshire, England
See alsoBarlichway Hundred, Warwickshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
source: Family History Library Catalog
the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Wroxall is a now a small village in the civil parish of made up of the former parishes of Beausale, Haseley, Honiley and Wroxall in the county of Warwickshire, England. It is 4.0 miles (6.4 km) from Kenilworth, and 6.5 miles (10.5 km) from Coventry on the A4141 road. According to the 2001 census the village had a population of 94, but beginning with the 2011 Census was included in the civil parish of Beausale, Haseley, Honiley and Wroxall. It has its own cemetery to the north of the village.

By far the most important part of the village is the Wroxall Abbey Estate. Built in 1141 by Sir Hugh de Hatton it was a Benedictine Priory for nearly four hundred years, finally closing in 1536 at the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

For the next four hundred years it passed through various hands, notable examples being the Burgoyne baronets and Sir Christopher Wren who purchased it as a retreat just three years after completing his work on St. Paul's Cathedral in 1710. The abbey became a girls' school in 1936. This closed in 1995. In 2001 the current owners, a private investment company, brought the hall. It is now used as a hotel, spa and conference centre.

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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