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Ratley, Warwickshire

Historical Description

Ratley, a village and a parish in Warwickshire. The village stands under Edge Hill, near the boundary with Oxfordshire, 4 miles SE of Kineton, and 5¼ SW of Fenny Compton. It has a post office under Banbury; money order office, Avon Dassett; telegraph office, Kineton. The parish contains also the hamlet of Upton. Acreage, 1729; population, 371. The manor was known at Domesday as Rotelei, and belongs now to the Earl of Jersey. Stone is extensively quarried. Nadbury camp, on Edge Hill, was a British encampment. Upton House is the chief residence. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Worcester; net value, £100 with residence. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is ancient, and the churchyard contains a preaching cross. There are Primitive Methodist and Wesleyan chapels.

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 parishRatley St. Peter 
Poor Law unionBanbury 

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

Church Records

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


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

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Ratley from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Ratley 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 districtOX15
Post TownBanbury