Status: Ancient Parish

Parish church: St. Nicholas

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1625
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1665

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

WILLOUGHBY, a village and a parish in Rugby district, Warwick. The village stands near the Oxford canal, 7 miles S by E of Rugby r. station; was known, at Domesday, as Wilebei; was once a market-town; and has a post-office under Rugby. The parish comprises 2,290 acres. Real property, £4,051. Pop., 372. Houses, 89. The manor belonged once to St. Johns Hospital, Oxford; and passed to Magdalen College. A medicinal spring is about a mile from the village. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Worcester. Value, £260. Patron. Magdalen College, Oxford. The church is good; and there are a dissenting chapel, an endowed school, and charities £440.

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

Willoughby Warwickshire Universal British Directory 1791

Willoughby lies near the conflux of the Leame and Avon. This town is enlivened with a canal, and assumes a commercial appearance by the number of new buildings rising on its banks, and the magazines of coal and lime-stone laid up for sale. Market on Tuesdays; fair, Whit-Monday and Tuesday. In this town is a handsome cross of one stone five yards long. The parliament soldiers had tied ropes about it to pull it down; but the vicar quenched their zeal with some strong beer, after having harangued them concerning its innocence.

On the side of the road is an hillock called Cross-hill, where the country people observe an anniversary festival. Willoughby brook plays in delightful meanders along a valley between corn fields, with a moderate water, unless raised by rains. Here several brass and silver coins have been found, and some of gold. The people have a notion of great riches being hid underground; and there is a vulgar report, that under one balk or mere, that is, division, between the ploughed fields, there is as much money as would purchase the whole lordship; but they dare not dig, they pretend, for fear of spirits. Mosaic pavements, coins, pot-hooks, fire-shovels, &c. have been also found.

Dunchurch is near Willoughby. – Lemington Hastang, or Lemington Hastings, lies west of Willoughby, and south-west of Dunchurch. – Salbridge or Sawbridge, has a bridge over the Leame, south-west of Willoughby. Several Roman urns were found here in a well in 1689.

At Cossington, near the river Wrek, is a vast barrow, 350 feet long, 120 broad, and forty high, or near it, very handsomely worked up on the sides, and very steep. It is called Shipley hill, from a great captain of that name, who, they say, was buried here. On the top are several oblong doubled trenches cut in the turf, where the lads and lasses of the adjacent villages meet on Easter Monday, to recreate themselves with cakes and ale. – At Erdborough is a strong Roman camp, 800 feet long, of a delightful prospect.

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

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County: Warwickshire
Civil Registration District: Rugby
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: Marton
Poor Law Union: Rugby
Hundred: Knightlow
Province: Canterbury

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