Coleshill Warwickshire Family History Guide

Coleshill is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Warwickshire.

Other places in the parish include: Gilson.

Status: Ancient Parish

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1538
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1538

Nonconformists include: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, Society of Friends/Quaker, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Coleshill

Fairs & Markets

Fairs, Jan. 8, Feb. 19, May 7, July 9, Oct. 1.

Market, Wednesday

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

COLESHILL, a small town, a parish, and a subdistrict in Meriden district, Warwick. The town stands on the river Cole, adjacent to the Hampton line of the Birmingham and Derby railway, 9 miles by road, but 14½ by railway, E by N of Birmingham. It occupies an eminence; includes one long street, running north and south; is a seat of petty sessions and a polling-place; gives the title of Baron to the family of Digby; and has a station on the railway, a post office under Birmingham, a banking office, two chief inns, a bridge over the Cole, a market-house, a parish church, two dissenting chapels, and a grammar-school. The church is decorated English; underwent complete restoration in 1859; was then found to include many remains of a previous Norman church; has a tall, graceful, crocketted spire; and contains a richly sculptured Norman font, two recumbent effigies of armoured knights, four altar-tombs of alabaster, and monuments of the Digby family from the time of Henry VII. The grammar school and institutions connected with it have £215 from endowment; and other charities £83. A weekly market is held on Wednesday; and fairs on Shrove-Monday, 6 May, and the first Monday of Jan., July, and Oct. The parish includes also a place called Gilson. Acres, 6,200. Real property, £11,535. Pop., 2,053. Houses, 456. The property is divided among a few. The manor had an ancient castle; belonged to the De Clintons, one of whom fought against Henry III. at the battle of Evesham; passed to the Mountforts, one of whom suffered forfeiture and death for supporting Perkin Warbeck; was given to the Digbys, who became Earls of Bristol and Earls Digby; and belongs now to G. D. W. Digby, Esq. Roman coins have been found. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Worcester. Value, £718. Patron, G. D. W. Digby, Esq. Sir William Dugdale, the antiquary, was a native. The sub-district contains seven parishes and part of another. Acres, 22,223. Pop., 4,903. Houses, 1,088.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Coleshill, 403½ m. N.W. by N. London. Mrkt. Wed. P. 2172

Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850.


Coleshill Bennett’s Business Directory for Warwickshire, 1914

Coleshill Universal British Directory 1791


Below is a list of people that were declared bankrupt between 1820 and 1843 extracted from The Bankrupt Directory; George Elwick; London; Simpkin, Marshall and Co.; 1843.

Harrison Robert, Coleshill. Warwickshire, tanner, Jan. 8, 1822.

Palmer John, Coleshill, Warwickshire, scrivener, Aug. 15, 1837.

Palmer Robert, Coleshill, Warwickshire, maltster, Feb. 21, 1826.

Prosser Thomas, Coleshill, Warwickshire, draper and grocer, Oct. 28, 1834.

Westley Thomas, Coleshill street, Eaton square, baker, May 6, 1635.

Wise Thomas, Coleshill street, Hanover square, victualler, Feb. 12, 1830.


  • County: Warwickshire
  • Civil Registration District: Meriden
  • Probate Court: Pre-1837 – Court of the Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry (Episcopal Consistory), Post-1836 – Court of the Bishop of Worcester (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Worcester
  • Rural Deanery: Arden
  • Poor Law Union: Meriden
  • Hundred: Hemlingford
  • Province: Canterbury