Stratford on Avon Warwickshire Family History Guide

Stratford on Avon is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Warwickshire. Luddington is a chapelry of Stratford on Avon.

Other places in the parish include: Welcombe, Wilncott, Shottery, Bridgtown, Dodwell, Clopton, Bushwood, and Drayton.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1574

Nonconformists include: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Independent/Congregational, Particular Baptist, Primitive Methodist, Roman Catholic, Society of Friends/Quaker, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Trade: the town had a large trade in corn and malt.

Manufacturing: Beer and needles

Parishes adjacent to Stratford on Avon

  • Snitterfield
  • Hampton Lucy
  • Aston Cantlow
  • Preston Bagot
  • Bishopston
  • Clifford Chambers
  • Billesley
  • Lapworth
  • Binton
  • Luddington
  • Weston on Avon
  • Alveston
  • Rowington

Historical Descriptions

Beeton’s British Gazetteer 1870

STRATFORD-ON-AVON, a municipal borough and market and post town of England, in Warwickshire, chiefly celebrated as the birthplace of Shakspeare, 8 miles S.W. from Warwick. It is situated on the Avon, which is crossed here by a bridge of fourteen arches. The town contains several broad and handsome streets, some of which, however, are irregularly built. The houses are, for the most part, substantial edifices of stone. The public buildings are the church, a chapel that formerly belonged to the guild of the Holy Cross, a new Roman Catholic chapel, corn-exchange, infirmary, alms houses, pump-rooms, and the town-halI. There are also several chapels for nonconformists. The church is a spacious and venerable structure, containing numerous monuments and inscriptions. The most remarkable is the monument and bust of Shakspeare, The chapel of the Holy Cross is a handsome structure, and has been recently restored. Attached to it is a hall for the brethren of the guild, part of which is used as a free grammar-school, and an alms house. The town-hall, rebuilt in 1767, and again repaired and enlarged in 1863, contains portraits of Shakspeare and Garrick, and has a statue of the former in a niche in the front of the building. Stratford also possesses a small theatre and a Shakspearian and public library. In Henley Street is the house in which Shakspeare was born; but that in which he died was razed to the ground by the proprietor. The house in Henley Street is now the property of the nation, and through the exertions of J. O. Halliwell, Esq., an able editor of, and commentator on, Shakspeare’s works, has been restored and converted into a Shakspearian Museum, in which several relics of England’s first dramatic author have been preserved. The town has a large trade in corn and malt. Manf. Beer and needles. Mar. D. Fri. Pop. 3672. It is a telegraph station, and a station on the Stratford-on-Avon branch of the Great Western Railway between Leamington and Honeybourne.

Source: Beeton’s British Gazetteer 1870. Ward, Lock & Tyler, Paternoster Row, London.

Marriages Out of Parish

Below is a list of people who were from Stratford-on-Avon but who were married in another parish.

Edward Easthope, of Stratford-on-Avon, w., & Jane Gould, of S. L., w. 8 May 1796 at South Littleton, Worcestershire.

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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.

Bacon John, Stratford-upon-Avon, stationer, Feb. 29, 1828.

Bicknell John Henry, Stratford-upon-Avon, corn dealer, April 13, 1832.

Buller Benjamin, Stratford-upon-Avon, corn dealer, Dec. 30, 1823.


  • County: Warwickshire
  • Civil Registration District: Stratford on Avon
  • Probate Court: Court of the Peculiar of Stratford upon Avon
  • Diocese: Worcester
  • Rural Deanery: Kineton
  • Poor Law Union: Stratford on Avon
  • Hundred: Barlinchway
  • Province: Canterbury

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