Radway, a pretty village and a parish in Warwickshire, in a fertile valley, under Edge Hill, 3½ miles SE of Kineton, with a post office under Warwick; money order and telegraph office, Kineton. Acreage of parish, 1463; population, 241. The battle of Edgehill, the first in the Civil War of 1642, was fought on the borders of this parish and that of Kineton. A tower was erected in 1750 on the spot where the centre of the Royalist forces was posted, and a most extensive view is obtained from it. Radway Grange is a fine ancient mansion, situated at the foot of Edgehill, and surrounded by a park and woods of over 100 acres. A clump of trees in the park was planted by the great Earl Chatham. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Worcester; net value, £83 with residence. The church was rebuilt in 1866, is in the Early English style, and consists of nave, aisles, chancel, N chancel, vestry, and S porch, with tower, spire, and five bells. It contains a recumbent effigy of a Royalist who fell at the battle of Edgehill, and some old stained glass by a Dutch artist. There are a Primitive Methodist chapel and an endowed church institute.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Radway St. Peter|
|Poor Law union||Banbury|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The Warwickshire County Record Office hold the following registers for Radway:
Most of the records prior to 1911 have been digitised and are available on Ancestry.co.uk
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Radway from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Radway (St. Peter))
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Warwickshire is available to browse.
Online maps of Radway 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.