Foleshill, a town, a parish, and the head of a poor-law union in Warwickshire. The town stands adjacent to the Oxford and Coventry Canals, 2¼ miles NNE of Coventry, has a station on the Coventry and Nuneaton branch of the L. & N.W.R., and a post office under Coventry (money order and telegraph office, Coventry), and participates in the ribbon, silk, and'other manufactures of Coventry. The parish comprises 2689 acres; population, 8664. It includes the hamlet of Longford, which has a post and telegraph office and a station on the railway. Iron-founding, coal-mining, and brick-making are carried on. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Worcester; net value, £260 with residence. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. Population of ecclesiastical parish, 4559. The church is ancient, was restored in 1889, and has a Norman font. The church of St Thomas is a chapel of ease erected in 1874. St Paul's is an ecclesiastical parish constituted in 1842. Population, 4105. The living is a vicarage in the gift of the Vicar of Foleshill; gross value, £321. The church is a red brick edifice in the Early English style. There are Congregational, Baptist, Wesleyan, and Primitive Methodist chapels, and a workhouse.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Foleshill St. Lawrence|
|Poor Law union||Foleshill|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The Warwickshire County Record Office hold the following registers for Foleshill:
Most of the records prior to 1911 have been digitised and are available on Ancestry.co.uk
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Foleshill from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Foleshill (St. Lawrence))
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Warwickshire is available to browse.
Online maps of Foleshill are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Warwickshire papers online:
The Visitation of Warwickshire 1619 is available on the Heraldry page.