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Maxstoke, Warwickshire

Historical Description

Maxstoke, a village and a parish in Warwickshire, on the river Biythe, 3 miles SE of Coleshill. Post town, Coles-hill, under Birmingham. Acreage, 2852; population, 224. Maxstoke Castle was built in the time of Edward III., has a quadrangular form with a hexagonal embattled tower at each angle, is surrounded by a moat; the present dwelling-house, rebuilt in the 17th century, occupies one side of the quadrangle; belonged to successively the Staffords, the Comptons, and the Egertons; and since the time of Elizabeth has been in the possession of the Dilke family. An Augustinian priory was founded near the churchyard about the same time as the castle; by William, Earl of Huntingdon. Considerable rains still remain, and what was probably the prior's lodging has, since the dissolution, been turned into a farmhouse. Lord Leigh is the lord of the priory manor. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Worcester; gross value, £199 with residence. Patron, Lord Leigh. The church is ancient.

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 parishMaxstoke St. Michael 
Poor Law unionMeriden 

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

Church Records

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


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

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Maxstoke from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Warwickshire is available to browse.


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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.

DistrictNorth Warwickshire
RegionWest Midlands
Postal districtB46
Post TownBirmingham