Walsgrave on Sowe Warwickshire Family History Guide

Walsgrave on Sowe is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Warwickshire, created in the early 17th century from a chapelry in Coventry St Michael Ancient Parish. 

Alternative names: Walsgrave upon Sow, Sow, Sowe

Other places in the parish include: Sowe. 

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1538
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1677

Nonconformists include: Baptist, General Baptist, and Independent/Congregational.

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

SOWE, a village, a parish, and a sub-district, in Foles-hill district, Warwick. The village stands on the river Sow, 4 miles NE by E of Coventry r. station; is known officially as Walsgrave-upon-Sow; and has a post-office under Coventry. The parish comprises 2,505 acres. Real property, £7,001; of which £1,156 are in mines.  Pop., 1,667. Houses, 380. The manor belongs to Earl Craven. Coal and ironstone are worked, and ribbons are made. The living is a vicarage, annexed to Stoke. The church is good; and there are an iron chapel of ease, an Independent chapel, two Baptist chapels, and a national school. The sub-district contains also six other parishes and a hamlet. Acres, 11,590. Pop., 4,670. Houses, 1,053.

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


  • County: Warwickshire
  • Civil Registration District: Foleshill
  • 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: Foleshill
  • Hundred: Knightlow
  • Province: Canterbury