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Hartshill, Warwickshire

Historical Description

Hartshill, a village, a township, and an ecclesiastical parish in Warwickshire. The village stands on the river Anker, on the end of a hilly plain, near Watling Street, the Coventry Canal, and the boundary with Leicestershire, 2 miles NW of Stockingford station on the M.R., 3 S of Atherstone station on the L. & N.W.R., and 3 NNW of Nnneaton, and is supposed to occupy the Campus Martins of the Roman Man-duessedum, and commands a view in which are seen 45 parish churches. It has a post and money order office under Atherstone; telegraph office, Stockingford station. The township comprises 1565 acres; population, 1485. It includes Chapel End, a colliery village which has a post office under Atherstone. The manor was given at the Conquest to Hugh Lupus, Earl of Chester, whose descendant took the name of de Har-dreshull in the reign of Henry L, and held possession till the failure of the male line in the reign of Edward III. Ruins exist of a Norman castle, built in 1125 by Hugh de Hardreshull. A large wood extends from the W side of the village nearly to the camp at Oldbury. Excellent road-metal is quarried, greenstone and iron-ore abound, and manganese and copper ore are found. Ribbon-making was formerly carried on, but is now almost extinct. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Worcester; net value, £185 with residence. The church is a modern edifice in the Norman style. There are Congregational and Wesleyan chapels, a Friends' meeting-house, and two endowed Nonconformist schools. Michael Drayton, the poet, was a native.

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 
Civil parishMancetter 

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

Church Records

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


Most of the records prior to 1911 have been digitised and are available on
See Mancetter for earlier records.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Hartshill from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Hartshill 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.

DistrictNorth Warwickshire
RegionWest Midlands
Postal districtCV10
Post TownNuneaton