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Willoughby, Warwickshire

Historical Description

Willoughby, a village and a parish in Warwickshire, The village stands near the Oxford Canal, about 5 miles S of Rugby, and 1½ mile N of Braunston station on the L. &N.W.R. It has a station on the London line of the M.S. & L.R., and was known at Domesday as Wilebei, was once a market-town, and has a post office under Rugby; money order and telegraph office, Braunston. The parish comprises 1759 acres; population, 282. There is a parish council consisting of five members. The manor belonged once to St John's Hospital, Oxford, and passed to Magdalen College. A medicinal spring is about a mile from the village. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Worcester; net value, £180 with residence. Patron, Magdalen College, Oxford. The church is Late Perpendicular, with a tower of earlier date. There is a Wesleyan chapel.

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 parishWilloughby St. Nicholas 
Poor Law unionRugby 

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

Church Records

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


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

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Willoughby from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Willoughby 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 districtCV23
Post TownRugby