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Foleshill, Warwickshire

Historical Description

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.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyWarwickshire 
Ecclesiastical parishFoleshill St. Lawrence 
Poor Law unionFoleshill 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The Warwickshire County Record Office hold the following registers for Foleshill:

St Lawrence1564-19581565-19641565-1974
St Paul1841-19621846-19581845-1965

Most of the records prior to 1911 have been digitised and are available on

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Foleshill from the following:

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:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Warwickshire papers online:

Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Warwickshire 1619 is available on the Heraldry page.

RegionWest Midlands
Postal districtCV6
Post TownCoventry