Fawsley, Northamptonshire Family History Guide

Fawsley is an Ancient Parish in the county of Northamptonshire.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1583
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1708

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

  • Preston Capes
  • Newnham
  • Charwelton
  • Badby
  • Everdon

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

FAWSLEY, a parish and a hundred in Northampton. The parish is in Daventry district; and lies 4 miles S of Daventry, and 5½ WSW of Weedon r. station. Post town, Badby, under Daventry. Acres, 1,554. Real property, £3,243. Pop., 64. Houses, 7. The manor has belonged, since the time of Henry III., to the family of Knightley. Fawsley Hall, the seat of that family, stands in a charming situation, amid an extensive park; is an ancient edifice, in various styles of architecture; and includes a magnificent apartment, 54 feet long, 24 wide, and 43 high, with an open timber roof. The parish had formerly a market; and is now a meet for Lord Southampton's hounds. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £100. Patron, Sir Knightley, Bart. The church is good and interesting, and contains monuments of the Knightleys. Bishop Wilkins was a native. The hundred contains twenty-one parishes; and, prior to the time of Henry III., existed as the two hundreds of Alwardeslea and Gravesend. Acres, 42,386. Pop. in 1851, 11,750; in 1861, 10,841. Houses, 2,472.

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


County: Northamptonshire
Civil Registration District: Daventry
Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Northampton
Diocese: Peterborough
Rural Deanery: Daventry
Poor Law Union: Daventry
Hundred: Fawsley
Province: Canterbury