Coughton Warwickshire Family History Guide

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Coughton is an Ancient Parish in the county of Warwickshire.

Alternative names: Coughton with Sambourn

Other places in the parish include: Sambourne and Sambourn.

Status: Ancient Parish

Parish church: St.Peter

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1673
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1616

Nonconformists include: Presbyterian and Roman Catholic.

Parishes adjacent to Coughton

Historical Descriptions


The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

COUGHTON, a village and a parish in Alcester district, Warwick. The village stands on the Midland railway, 2 miles N of Alcester, and has a post office under Bromsgrove, and a r. station. The parish includes the hamlet of Sambourne. Acres, 3,070. Real property, £5,423. Pop., 883. Houses, 183. The manor comprises all the property; belonged, in the time of William the Conqueror, to Turchil de Warwick; was held, in the time of Henry I., by a family who took name from it; passed, in the time of Henry IV., to the family of Throckmorton; and belongs now to Sir R. Throckmorton, Bart. Coughton Court, the mansion on it, is a castellated edifice, of the time of Henry VIII.; and commands a fine view. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Worcester. Value, £161. Patron, Sir W. Throckmorton, Bart. The church is ancient and good; and contains monuments of the Throckmortons. A Roman Catholic chapel was built in 1857. Charities £34, and an alms-house.

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


Lewis Topographical Dictionary of England 1845

Sambourn, a hamlet, in the parish of Coughton, union of Alcester, Alcester division of the hundred of Barlichway, S division of the county of Warwick, 3 ¾ miles (NW by N) from Alcester; containing 662 inhabitants, a few of whom are employed in making needles. It comprises 2200 acres.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis Fifth Edition Published London; by S. Lewis and Co., 13, Finsbury Place, South. M. DCCC. XLV.

The History Topography and Directory of Warwickshire 1830

Sambourn, – Dugdale says, derived its name from the title Sandy Brook near it, – it is a hamlet in the parish of Coughton, in Barlichway hundred, 4 miles north from Alcester, and 107 from London.  In 1803 the parochial rates were £704 4s. at 10s. in the pound: its population in 1811, was 353, and in 1821 it contained 120 houses and 653 inhabitants.

At the Conqueror’s survey, it belonged to the monks of Evesham; after the dissolution, it was sold to Robert Throckmorton, Esq.

Source: The History Topography and Directory of Warwickshire 1830. Wm. West. Printed and Published by R. Wrightson, Athenaeum, New-Street; and sold by Baldwin and Craddock, and Hurst, Chance and Co., London. 1830.

Marriages Out of Parish

Below is a list of people who were from Coughton but who were married in another parish.

George Eades, of Sambourne, p. Great Coughton, & Sarah Moore, of M. L., lic. 10 Sept. 1733 at North & Middle Littleton, Worcestershire.

James Powell, of Great Cotton, Warwicks, & Mary Smith, s., lic. 31 May 1757at North & Middle Littleton, Worcestershire.

Parish Records

Birth, Marriage, & Death Records – FamilySearch

Census Records – FamilySearch

Migration Records – FamilySearch

Military Records – FamilySearch

Probate & Court – FamilySearch

South Africa, Cape Province, Probate Records of the Master of the High Court, 1834-1989 2 results
South Africa, Transvaal, Probate Records from the Master of the Supreme Court, 1869-1958 1 results

Poll Books

Coughton Poll Book, South Warwickshire Election, 1868


Vision of Britain historical maps


County: Warwickshire
Civil Registration District: Alcester
Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Worcester (Episcopal Consistory)
Diocese: Worcester
Rural Deanery: Warwick
Poor Law Union: Alcester
Hundred: Barlinchway
Province: Canterbury

Further Reading

A Guide to St Peter’s Church, Coughton, Warwickshire no author given Published by St Peter’s Church, Coughton

A seventeenth century country gentleman – Sir Francis Throckmorton, 1640 – 80. Barnard, E.A.B. Published by W Heffer & Sons Ltd, Cambridge (1948)

King’s Coughton: a Warwickshire hamlet Saville, G. Edward Published by Roundwood Press, Kineton (1973)

A HISTORY OF WARWICKSHIRE. THE DARWEN COUNTY HISTORY SERIES. Slater, Terry. Published by Phillimore, London (1981) ISBN 10: 0850334160 ISBN 13: 9780850334166

Notices of the churches of Warwickshire, Deanery of Warwick. Vols I and II. Published by Henry T. Cooke, Warwick (1847)

Catholic Gentry in English Society: The Throckmortons of Coughton from Reformation to Emancipation (Catholic Christendom, 1300-1700) 1st Edition, Kindle Edition by Geoffrey Scott (Author), Peter Marshall (Editor)

The Gunpowder Plot and Its Connections with The Throckmortons of Coughton Court Paperback – 2001 by Vincent Hemingway (Author)

Postman’s Knock Postal History of Alcester & District Paperback – 2014 by Alan Godfrey (Author)