Wellesbourne, a parish in Warwickshire, on the river Bourne, 3¼ miles N of Ettington station on the East and West Junction railway, 5 E of Stratford-upon-Avon, and 6 from Warwick. It includes the townships of Wellesbourne Hastings and Wellesbourne Mountford, the former of which includes the hamlet and ecclesiastical parish of Walton D'Eivile. Acreage, 4606; population of the civil parish, 1345; of the ecclesiastical parish of Walton D'Eivile, 222. Wellesbourae Hastings and Wellesbourne Mountford are separate for civil purposes, each of them having a parish council of six members. Wellesbourne House and Walton House are the chief residences. Edward I. granted Wellesbourne Hastings the privilege of a weekly market and an annual fair, both of which have long been discontinued. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Worcester; net value, £320 with residence. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church, dedicated to St Peter, was originally built by Henry de Newburgh, Earl of Warwick, and was almost entirely rebuilt in 1847. It contains a brass of 1426 date and some modern memorials. There are Primitive Methodist and Wesleyan chapels.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Wellesbourn-Hastings St. Peter|
|Poor Law union||Stratford-upon-Avon|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The Warwickshire County Record Office hold the following registers for Wellesbourne:
Most of the records prior to 1911 have been digitised and are available on Ancestry.co.uk
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Wellesbourne from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Wellesbourn-Hastings (St. Peter))
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Warwickshire is available to browse.
Online maps of Wellesbourne 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.