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.

Directories

Coleshill Bennett’s Business Directory for Warwickshire, 1914

Coleshill Universal British Directory 1791

Administration

  • 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