Monks Kirby Leicestershire & Warwickshire Family History Guide

Monks Kirby. Lane into Village from Bell Inn.
Monks Kirby. Lane into Village from Bell Inn. Ian Rob / Monks Kirby / CC BY-SA 2.0

Monks Kirby is an Ancient Parish partly in Leicestershire and partly in Warwickshire.

Status: Ancient Parish

Other places in the parish include:  Cestersover, Easenhall, Newbold Revel, Pailton, Stretton under Fosse, Goresland, Copston Magna, and Brockhurst

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1647
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1677; see also Withybrook (Warwickshire)

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

Parishes adjacent to Monks Kirby

Historical Descriptions

Monks Kirby

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

MONKS-KIRBY, a township in Lutterworth district, and a parish partly also in Rugby district, all in Warwickshire. The township lies adjacent to the Fosse way, 2 miles NE by E of Stretton r. station, 2¾ SW of Watling-street at the boundary with Leicestershire, and 6 NNW of Rugby; and has a post office under Lutterworth. Pop., 596. Houses, 13-4. The parish contains also the hamlets of Pailton, Stretton-under-Foss, Newbold-Revel, and Copston-Magna in Lutterworth district, and the township of Easenhall in Rugby district. Acres, 9,640. Real property, £14,388. Pop. in 1851,1,899; in 1861,1,931. Houses, 429. The manor was known at Domesday, as Chirchberye; was given, by William the Conqueror, to Geoffrey de Wirce; was given by him to the monks of Angiers in Normandy, who then founded here a cell of their abbey; took thence the name of Monks-Kirby; was given by Richard II. to Thomas Mowbray, in exchange for Epworth priory; passed, in the time of Henry VIII., to the Duke of Suffolk; went, by sale, to Lord Fielding; and has descended to the Earl of Denbigh. Newnham-Paddox, a handsome mansion, is the Earl of Denbigh's seat; and contains a choice collection of family portraits and works of art. Townthorn is the seat of W. Jackson, Esq., brother of the late American general, Stonewall Jackson; and stands on an eminence, with an extensive view. Street-Aston House and Newbold-Revel also are chief residences. A place called Cloudesley-Bush, on the W side of the Fosse way, taken its name from having a mound reputed to have been the burial-place of a Roman soldier called Clandins; and numerous Roman relics, including bricks and substructions, have been found. The living is a vicarage, united with the vicarage of Withybrook and the p. curacy of Copston-Magna, in the diocese of Worcester. Value, £3x00.  Patron, Trinity College, Cambridge. The church was built, on the site of an older one, by Geoffrey de Wirce; was rebuilt by the Duke of Suffolk, of the time of Henry VIII.; consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with pinnacled tower; contains several ancient monuments of the Fielding; and, in 1867, was likely to be restored. Another church is in Copston-Magna; and is a modern edifie, in the Norman style. There are also, within the parish, a school-church, an Independent chapel, two Baptist chapels, a national school, a grammar school, another school with £30 a year from endowment, and charities £32.

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


Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

Easenhall, a township in Monks-Kirby parish, Warwick; adjacent to the Oxford canal, 4 1/2 miles NW of Rugby. Acres, 1,112. Real property, £2,389. Pop., 179. Houses, 39.

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

Parish Records

FamilySearch – Birth Marriage & Death records, Census, Migration & Naturalization and Military records - Monks Kirby Warwickshire – Free

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Vision of Britain historical maps


  • County: Warwickshire and Leicestershire
  • Civil Registration District: Lutterworth
  • 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: Coventry
  • Poor Law Union: Lutterworth
  • Hundred: Knightlow
  • Province: Canterbury

Further Reading

The Story of Monks Kirby 1077 - 1977 by M.A. Gerald Seaston