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Temple Grafton, Warwickshire

Historical Description

Grafton, Temple, a parish in Warwickshire, near Icknield Street, 3 miles SE by E of Alcester, and 2 E of Wixford station on the M.R. It contains the hamlet of Hillborough and part of that of Ardens Grafton, and its post town is Alcester, under Redditch. Acreage, 2050; population, 388. The name Temple Grafton was given under the idea that the manor anciently belonged to the Knights Templars. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Worcester; net value, £110 with residence. The church is ancient, and was rebuilt in 1875. Grafton Court is the chief residence. In the episcopal registers at Worcester there is a record of a marriage licence between "William Shaxpere and Anne Whateley of Temple Grafton." The date and all the names, with the exception of " Whateley " for Hattway or Hattaway (not a very unlikely error in those days), point to the probability that Shakespeare was married here.

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 parishTemple Grafton St. Andrew 
Poor Law unionStratford-upon-Avon 

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

Church Records

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


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 Temple Grafton from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Temple Grafton 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 districtB49
Post TownAlcester