Nuneaton Warwickshire Family History Guide

Nuneaton is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Warwickshire.

Other places in the parish include: Stockingford, Stockinford, and Attleford.

Status: Ancient Parish

Parish church: St Nicholas

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1577
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1674

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

Parishes adjacent to Nuneaton

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

NUNEATON, a town, a parish, and a district, in Warwickshire. The town stands on the river Anker, on the Trent Valley railway at the junction of the lines to Coventry, to Birmingham, and to Leicester, adjacent to the Coventry canal, 2 miles S W of Watlingstreet at the boundary with Leicestershire, 8½ N by E of Coventry, and 13¾ N W of Rugby; took its name from a nunnery founded at it, in the time of Stephen; occupies a site centrally low, but rising on all sides; is tolerably well built; has a local board of health; is a seat of county courts and petty sessions, and a polling-place; and has a head post-office, ‡ a railway station with telegraph, a banking office, two chief inns, three bridges over the Anker, a town hall, a public library and reading-room, a church, four dissenting chapels, a free grammar school, an English free school, a national school, two infant schools, and charities about £53. The ancient nunnery was founded by Robert, Earl of Leicester; was a cell to Fontevrault abbey in Picardy; had, at the dissolution, revenues amounting to £291; and is now represented by some slight remains. The church stands on high ground, on the road to Lutterworth; is later English and handsome; comprises nave, aisles, and chancel, with pinnacled tower; and contains ancient monuments to the Stratfords and the Trotmans, and a whitemarble tomb of Sir Marmaduke Constable. The dissenting chapels are Independent, Baptist, Wesleyan, and Primitive Methodist. The grammar school was founded in the time of Edward VI., and has an endowed income of £304. The English free school was founded in 1712, by Richard Smith, Esq.; was enlarged and improved about 1835; gives education to 50 boys and 30 girls; and has an endowed income of £194. A weekly market is held on Saturday; and fairs are held on 18 Feb., 14, 15, 16 May, 1 July, 7 and 31 Oct., and 17 Dec. Ribbon manufacture was the staple trade, and was carried on in two large factories. Hat-making and linen-manufacture are now carried on in these factories. Framework-knitting, elastic web and tape making, iron-working, edge-tool and implement making, and malting also are carried on. There are likewise a recently-erected large cotton factory, and a large corn mill; and in the neighbourhood, giving employment to many hands, are brick-fields, quarries, and coal-mines. Pop. of the town, in 1851, 4,859; in 1861, 4,645. Houses, 1,149. The decrease of pop. arose from the depressed state of the ribbon trade.

The parish contains also the large hamlets of Attleborough and Stockingford. Acres, 6,112. Real property, £28,027; of which £3,188 are in mines, and £390 in gas-works. Pop. in 1851, 8,133; in 1861, 7,666. Houses, 1,847. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Worcester. Value, £902. Patron, the Crown. The vicarages of Attleborough and Stockingford are separate benefices. The district contains also the parishes of Caldecote, Weddington, Arley, Astley, Chilvers-Coton, and Bulkington. Acres, 27,883. Poor-rates in 1863, £8,698. Pop. in 1851, 13,532; in 1861, 13,054. Houses, 3,081. Marriages in 1863, 78; births, 469, of which 33 were illegitimate; deaths, 277, of which 120 were at ages under 5 years, and 12 at ages above 85. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 1,044; births, 4,308; deaths, 2,995. The places of worship, in 1851, were 9 of the Church of England, with 4,648 sittings; 3 of Independents, with 955 s.; 2 of Baptists, with 430 s.; 4 of wesleyan Methodists, with 661 s.; 2 of Primitive Methodists, with 262 s.; 2 of Independent Methodists, with 335 s.; and 2 of Roman Catholics, with 380 s. The schools were 13 public day-schools, with 1,143 scholars; 18 private day-schools, with 414 s.; and 23 Sunday schools, with 2,395 s. The workhouse is in Chilvers-Coton; and, at the census of 1861, had 98 inmates.

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

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Nuneaton Warwickshire Universal British Directory 1791

This is a market-town on the river Anker, distant from London, by way of Coventry, ninety-nine miles; eight from Coventry, eighteen from Warwick, twenty-nine from Derby, twenty-three from Birmingham, and eighteen from Leicester. Market-day on Saturday; fair, May 14. The church has a square tower with six bells; also a clock and chimes. The manufactures carried on here are ribbons. The town took its name from a nunnery, erected here in 1170, part of whose remains are now standing at the north-west end of the town. Here is a free-school founded by the inhabitants in the reign of Edward VI who gave to it three closes of ground, in the liberty of Coventry, to be held of the Crown, as belonging to the manor of East-Greenwich, in soccage.

Post Office. The post arrives from Hinckley every night at five o’clock’; dispatched for the same place every night at six. John Robinson, post-master.

Excise-office, Bull Inn. Joseph Fydoe, collector; Edward Hyington, supervisor; Mr. Appleby, officer; Mr. Templeman, out-rider.

Suffolk and Page’s carts to Coventry, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday; return the same days.

Principal Inhabitants:


Burton Mrs.

Clark Mr. Jonathan

Cox Mr. William

Edwards Mrs.

Hambrig Mrs.

Nutt Mr. Joseph

Nutt Mrs. Ann

Wagstaff Mrs. Elizabeth

Wright Mrs.


Champney Rev. William

Fleming Rev. Mr. Dissenting Minister

Hughes Rev. H.


Barber John, Surgeon

Bindley William, Surgeon

Bond - , Surgeon


Greenway George, Attorney

Thornley Edward Attorney


Ackett John, Gardener

Ball Thomas, Baker

Barnikle Thomas, Grocer

Bawstock William, Butcher

Bawstock Samuel, Wheelwright

Beesley William, Draper

Bemish Job, Victualler

Best John, Farmer

Bollard William, Ribbon-manufacturer

Bollard John, Glazier

Bree Henry, Miller

Bissell John, Victualler

Capenhurst Joseph, Staymaker

Chaplain Jonathan, Carpenter

Chaplain Joseph, Carpenter

Chaplain Joseph, Cooper

Clee James, Currier

Cobhold John, Schoolmaster

Coleman -, Grocer

Cosgrove William, Victualler

Cook John, Gardener

Coomer Thomas, Collar-maker

Cooper Sarah, Draper

Cox Mrs., Victualler

Cox William, Victualler

Cox John, Ribbon-manufacturer

Craddock William, Cheese-factor

Craddock John, Grocer

Cronshaw Benjamin, Grocer

Cross Joseph, Taylor

Cross John, Victualler

Dash John, Gardener

Dipple William, New Inn

Downer William, Coachmaker

Drake John, Baker

Ellis John, Victualler

Evison - , Draper

Gowby William, Hair-dresser

Green Joseph, Breeches-maker

Green Daniel, Victualler

Green Henry, Taylor

Grimes Samuel, Baker

Grove John, Victualler

Haddon Joseph, Turner

Hernsby William, Baker

Hernsby Miss, Milliner

Heyton John, Shoemaker

Hickerbottom William, Sadler

Hinkes Thomas, Gardener

Hood John, Grocer

Hood William, Ribbon-manufacturer

Iliffe William, Draper

Jeffrey William, Baker

Kirby John, Grocer

Kirby William, Grocer

Large Mrs. Victualler

Lees Edward, Auctioneer

Marston Robert, Maltster

Marston Benj. Ribbon-manufacturer

Mitchell Wm. Vict. and Wheelwright

Mollowdy Edmund, Hatter

Monday John, Grocer

Munford H. Butcher

Oliver William, Victualler

Parnell Nathan, Bookseller, &c.

Perry John, Grocer

Powell John, Draper

Preston William, Shoemaker

Robinson John, Bull Inn

Sharp and Cox, Drapers

Sheers Clem. Ribbon-manufacturer

Smith Thomas, Shoemaker

Sprigg -, Brazier

Suffolk William, Hair-dresser

Suffolk Mrs. Victualler

Tausell Thomas, Schoolmaster

Tausell William, Tammy-weaver

Taylor William, Nailor

Taylor Henry, Nailor

Thompson William, Wheelwright

Thompson John, Liquor-merchant

Thurman Wm. Butcher and Victualler

Thurman Thomas, Maltster

Tingle William, Baker

Trickle J. Vict. (Marquis of Granby)

Vernon John, sen. Butcher

Vernon John, jun. Butcher

Wagstaff William, Victualler

Wagstaff John, Farmer

Wagstaff Daniel, Victualler

Watts Eliz. Victualler, (Queen’s Head)

Watts John, Smith

Wheeway James, Parish-clerk

Wheeway George, Shoemaker

Wheeway James, Shackle-maker

Wheeway John, Eating-house

Wilkinson John, Taylor

Woodcock John, Baker

Worthington William, Plumber

Source: The Universal British Directory of Trade, Commerce, and Manufacture 1791. Volume the Fifth.


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.

Arnold Robert, Nuneaton, draper, May 12, 1837.

Burton William, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, tanner, Nov. 30, 1841.

Kelsey Benjamin, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, innkeeper, May 19, 1821.


Nuneaton Advertiser Newspaper

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  • County: Warwickshire
  • Civil Registration District: Nuneaton
  • 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: Nuneaton
  • Hundred: Hemlingford
  • Province: Canterbury