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Brandon and Bretford, Warwickshire

Historical Description

Brandon and Bretford, a township in Wolston parish, Warwickshire, situated on the river Avon, 5 miles ESE of Coventry. It has a station on the L. & N.W.R. Acreage, 1988; population, 387. There are silk mills. Here were anciently a castle, built soon after the Conquest, a small convent of black nuns, founded by Geoffrey de Clinton, and given to Kenilworth Priory, and a chapel or hospital of St Edmond, founded by the Turvilles, lords of Wolston. The castle was destroyed in the Barons' war in the reign of Henry VII., but was subsequently rebuilt. Some traces of the castle still exist. Brandon House is the seat of the Beech family.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Administration

The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyWarwickshire 
Civil parishWolstan 
HundredKnightlow 
Poor Law unionRugby 

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


Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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


Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Warwickshire 1619 is available on the Heraldry page.