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.

Table of Contents

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.


Online Directories

Coleshill Bennett's Business Directory for Warwickshire, 1914


Coleshill Universal British Directory 1791

Coleshill is a small market-town, beautifully situated on an eminence, at the bottom of which, on the north side, runs the river Cole, whence it takes its name.  It consists of one long street, running north and south, with a small one branching out eastward about the middle of the town, and leading to the church-yard, which is the summit of the eminence, and commands a leasing view of the country around.  The church, which is an old structure, dedicated to St. Peter, and to which there is a handsome tower and a beautiful spire, forms a conspicuous object to the neighbourhood.  The present vicar is the Rev. John Blythe, whose revenue form the living is about 600l a-year; he is also rector of Sheldon, an adjoining parish, to both of which he was presented by the Earl of Digby, proprietor of almost all the parish.

He has a seat, a venerable old mansion, with a large park well stocked with deer, about half a mile west of the town, where was the ancient and almost constant residence of the Digby family.  The house, park and demesne lands, are now let to tenants, the family having resided for more than 30 years last past at Sherborne-castle in Dorsetshire.  On the north side of the church-yard is a free grammar-school of ancient foundation, with salary and privileges, worth about 50l  a-year; but it has been a sinecure for almost 20 years. There is also an English school, with a salary of about 20l a-year.  No manufacture is carried on at this place; and, although it contains upwards of 300 houses, and about 1300 inhabitants, there is not to be found two persons professedly dissenting from the established church. – The town is a great thoroughfare, distant from Coventry 12 miles, 15 from Lichfield, 10 from Tamworth, the same from Birmingham and Atherstone, and 13 from Nuneaton; and lies on the great road from London (from whence it is distant 104 miles) to Liverpool and Ireland, and also on the road to Chester.  Here are two inns, at both of which are good accommodations: the Swan, which is the principal one, kept by William Chamberlain; and the Angel, kept by Hannah Green.  The market is on Wednesday; and here are three fairs annually, on Shrove-Monday, the 6th of May, and on the Wednesday following Old Michaelmas-day.
The Liverpool mail-coach, from the Swan-with-two-Necks, Lad-lane, London, passes through Coleshill, to and from London, every day.  Letters going downwards must be put into the office by eleven o’clock in the morning, and letters going upwards by one. – The Liverpool post-coach from the Swan-with-two-Necks, passes through upwards at twelve o’clock at night, and downwards at two o’clock in the morning. – There is no regular carrier between this place and London; but there are several waggons pass through every week.  Ward’s Uttoxeter wagon is the most regular conveyance; it goes from the White Horse, Friday-street, London, every Monday, and passes through Coleshill downwards on Fridays, and returns back through the same place on Tuesdays, and arrives in London on Saturdays. – The Birmingham and Fazely canal passes within three miles of this place.

The following is a list of the principal inhabitants:


Barnes Mr. Joseph, (F.)
Barker Mr. John, (F.)
Barker Elizabeth
Bree Ann
Cotton Mr. William, (F.)
Cradock Elizabeth
Creswell Mr. John, (F.)
Hasterley Mr. Benjamin, (F.)
Lees Mrs. Ann
Lowe Miss Ann
Mallee Thomas, Esq. (F.)
Mayou Mr. John, (F.)
Mieres Mrs. Mary
Palmer Mr. Edward, (F.)
Sadler Mrs.
Sadler Miss Eleanor
Smart Mrs.
Tedd Mrs.
Wilmer John, Esq. (F.)
York Mr. Josiah, (F.)
York Mr. Richard, (F.)
York Mr. William, (F.)


Blythe Rev. John, (F.) Vicar of Coleshill and Sheldon
Bree Rev. Wm. (F.) Rector of Marston St. Lawrence, Northamptonshire, and Vicar or Bickenhill, Warwickshire
Davies Rev. John, (F.)
Edwards Rev. Edward, Curate of Coleshill
Sadler Rev. Robert, (F.) Minister of Water Orton, Warwickshire
Warneford Rev. Charles, (F.) Master of the Grammar-school, Vicar of Shustock, Warwickshire, and Quinton, Gloucestershire.


Barker John, Surgeon
Downing Benjamin, Surgeon
Woods William, (F.) Surgeon


Palmer Charles, Attorney

Traders, &c.

Banister Richard, (F.) Clock-maker
Barton Elizabeth, Farmer
Barton James, Horse-dealer & Grazier
Benton John, Wheelwright
Bolton Thomas, Rake-maker
Bonas John, Carpenter and Joiner
Brooks Charles, (F.) Tanner
Brown Martha, Victualler, (White Lion)
Brown Rob. (F.) Cow-dealer, Farmer, and Grazier
Bruce Thomas, Plumber and Glazier
Bird Joseph, Baker
Burgess Geo. Parish-clerk and School-master
Butler Eleanor, Shopkeeper
Butler William, Smith and Farrier
Cash Thomas, (F.) Maltster, Farmer, and Victualler, (Coach and Horses)
Cater Abraham, Boot and Shoemaker
Chamberlain Joseph, Maltster and Victualler, (Red Lion)
Chamberlain William, (F.) Swan Inn
Chapman James, Boot and Shoemaker
Cheatly William, Shoemaker
Crochitt John, Taylor
Cross John, (F.) Husbandman
Cox Thomas, Gardener
Dale John, Post-master, Mercer, and Draper
Day Richard, Huckster
Deebank William, (F.) Bricklayer
Denstone William, (F.) Farmer
Derrington Mrs. Victualler, (Bacons Inn)
Devitt Abraham, Skinner
Drakefield Martha, Butcher
Earl Edward, Boot and Shoemaker
Eaves Richard, Shoemaker
Eaves Richard, Collarmaker
Eaves John, Horse-dealer
Eaves John, Cow-dealer
Edkins Thomas, Farmer
Faulconbridge William; Miller
Flavel William, Taylor
Forshaw Tho. Sadler and Cap-maker
Garrat John, Maltster
Genings George, Farmer
Glover Charles, Farmer and Grazier
Green Hannah, Angel Inn
Hadley John, Cow-leech
Hall Edw. Hatter and Victualler, (Bull’s Head)
Hall Robert, Taylor
Hancocks John, Cooper
Harrison Mrs. Brickmaker
Harrold Edward, Farmer
Hill Clement, Shoemaker
Hunter William, Boot and Shoemaker
Lees Robert, Farmer and Maltster
Linforth John, Boot, Shoe, and Patten, maker
Linforth John, Common Crier and Sexton
Loud Mrs. Miller
Madely Thomas, (F.) Farmer
Mayou Thomas, (F.) Carpenter
Mills Joseph, Farmer
Mills Tho. Saddle, Collarmaker, and and Victualler, (Shovel)
Moore Elizabeth, Victualler, (Three Horseshoes)
Morris Thomas, Smith and Farrier
Newbold Richard, (F.) Staymaker and Chandler
Ossender John, (F.) Gardener
Payton James, Carpenter and Joiner
Perry Charles, Glover
Power William, Cooper
Price Wm. Farmer and Victualler, (Star)
Proctor William, Mercer, Draper, and Chandler
Prosser Samuel, (F.) Taylor and Habit-maker
Pugh John, (F.) Maltster
Rathbone William, Peruke-maker and Hair-dresser
Ratherham Mrs. Confectioner
Reeves John, Carpenter and Joiner
Repengton George, Peruke-maker and Hair-dress
Rhoads Edward, Taylor
Riley William, Farmer
Robotham Thomas, Butcher
Rowley Samuel, (F.) Farmer
Saunders Joseph, (F.) Victualler, (Golden Cross)
Shuttleworth Edward, (F.) Carpenter and Joiner
Shuttleworth William, (F.) Carpenter and Joiner
Simms John, (F.) Basket-maker
Smith Richard, Shopkeeper
Smith George, Victualler, (George and Dragon)
Steele Thomas, Victualler, (Green Man)
Stretton Joseph, (F.) Currier
Stretton Clement, Heel-maker
Taylor William, (F.) Milkman
Taylor Abraham, Land-surveyor and Schoolmaster
Tavernor Mary, Cutler
Tavernor Joseph, Plumber and Glazier
Todd Wm. Butcher and & Victualler, (Ram)
Tuckley Thomas, Nailor
Tuckley Charles, Nailor
Tyso Mary, Shopkeeper
Underhill Joseph, Farmer
Walker Thomas, Carpenter and Joiner
Walker George, (F.) Maltster
Warwick – , Farmer and Grazier
Wheeledon Joseph, Victualler, (Bell)
Wharr John, (F.) Wheelwright
Wharr William, Coachmaker
Wood Charles, (F.) Farmer & Grazier

Contiguous to Coleshill are the following villages and seats. – Packington –Magna, is three miles south of Coleshill. – Packington-Parva, is near the former.  Here was once a hermitage. – Packington-hall, the seat of the Earl of Aylesford, already described vol. iv. P.543. – Blythe-hall, the seat of Richard Geast, Esq. formerly the residence of his maternal ancestor the great historian Sir William Dugdale, Knight, is about a mile distant from Coleshill on the left of the road to Atherstone. – Hams-hall, the seat of Charles Bowyer Adderley, Esq. about a mile and a half on the right of the road to Lichfield. – Water-Orton, on the Tame, over which it has a stone bridge in the road from Sutton to Coleshill, is in the parish of Aston. – Curdworth is on the north side of the Tame, almost opposite to Water-Orton, - Withaw is north of Curdworth. – Maxall-hall, situated in a small park, the seat of Andrew Hackett, Esq. is in the parish of Withaw, four miles distant from Coleshill on the same road. – Middleton-hall, a seat of Lord Middleton, about five miles from Coleshill, on the right of the road to Tamworth. – Maxstock-Castle, the seat and residence of William Dilke, Esq. is three miles from Coleshill; it is very entire, though built in 1346, and stands on a plain in a most sequestered spot, surrounded with trees and guarded by a moat.  The gates are in their original state covered iron.  Much of the habitable part is still standing, but part was burnt by accident.  The chapel, kitchen, noble hall, &c. still remain.  Near it is Maxstock-priory, built in 1337. – The river Blythe runs into the Tame near Maxstock-castle.

Source: 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