Published in 1835 the Epitome of the County of Warwick is exactly as the title suggests - a condensed account of all the towns, villages, parishes of the County of Warwickshire with a brief general observation of the topography and natural history as an introduction. Beginning with the small market town of Alcester and working alphabetically through the county the publication finishes with Wyken, while several pages are spent on the author's home town of Coventry. The publication includes a town index as well as being fully searchable. Spread out over 200 pages this publication also features a large scale colour map of the county.
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First published in Birmingham in 1830 and republished here is William West's The History, Topography & Directory of Warwickshire. Containing more than 800 pages, the original contains a number of beautiful engraved views of the major cities and towns in the county as well as numerous engravings and pen-and-ink drawings that accompany the many advertisements. The full title of this edition hints at the scope of its contents: The History, Topography and Directory of Warwickshire. The Ancient Histories of Rous, Camden, Speed and Dugdale, with Curious Memories of the Lives of these Early Writers; A Description of the Present State of the County, with Modern Divisions and Subdivisions, & their Population & Valuation. A Directory of Every Town & Considerable Village in the County; A Gazetteer of all the Towns, Villages, Parishes & Hamlets .... & an Itinerary of the Direct & Cross Roads, with a List of the Noblemen & Gentlemen's Seats.
Given the relatively early date of Samuel West's directory and the amount of historical and topographical detail contained therein, coupled with its extensive and numerous directories, this is a far superior and quite different publication to Pigott's Directory and in many respects more useful. The History, Topography & Directory of Warwickshire begins with a number of early descriptions of the county. The first of these is taken from William Camden's Britannia which first appeared in print towards the end of the sixteenth century; the second is taken from John Speed's History of Great Britain, first published in 1614 and the last is extracted from Sir William Dugdale's Antiquities of Warwickshire , illustrated, first published in 1656 and considered to be his most important work. There follows West's own brief topographical description of the county as it stood in 1830 before recording the names of the Hundreds in the county and the parishes contained within each. The second part of the publication, that of the general directory of the county of Warwickshire is recorded under the name of the Hundreds.
A large part of the History, Topography and Directory of Warwickshire is given over the major city in the county, Birmingham and this section encompasses nearly three-hundred pages. Starting with a lovely etching of the city taken from some elevated ground outside of the city's bounds, the city is introduced by a description of is character, name, site and the elements that constituted the city. The 'elements' include descriptions of the city's prominent buildings - civil, religious and private, its incorporation and a description of the Battle of Birmingham at the start of the Civil War. The description of the buildings providing a valuable addition to this directory. The section on Birmingham is completed by the alphabetical directory for Birmingham, which extends to more than one-hundred and eighty pages. The remainder of West's 1830 publication is taken-up by the topography and directory for the remainder of the county of Warwickshire. Subdivided into its twenty Hundreds. The first of these, the Alcester Hundred or Division includes descriptions of eleven parishes, three hamlets and one township, an alphabetical directory for Alcester and its surrounding neighbourhoods as well as topographical descriptions of many of the gentlemen's seats other buildings and geography of note. This detail is matched in the entries for the remaining nineteen Hundreds and divisions in the county.
A truly superb and highly recommended; William West's History, Topography & Directory for Warwickshire is one of the best that was published.
This is a wonderfully detailed topographical description of the towns and villages in the County of Warwick and it contains a mine of information for family historians.
For each place it includes historical notices, details of public buildings, the ancient manorial customs and information about the different types of agriculture, industry and commerce. There are also some exceedingly detailed maps and many beautiful illustrations of the notable places in Warwickshire.
An excellent history of the county covering events such as the siege of Kenilworth, an extensive account of the murder of Edward II's favourite Piers Gaveston at Blacklow Hill , events during the Civil War are very well documented and there is much, much more of interest besides.
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The original Gentleman's Magazine contained articles on a vast array of subjects, including lots of wonderful topographical pieces.
In 1891 George Gomme republished all of these topograhical articles but edited and indexed them into county specific order. Each of Gomme's works contains between two and four separate counties, except for the London volumes.
An absolute goldmine of information about the county, its people and its places.
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This is one of the most important resources that we have seen, and one that should be of great interest to all family historians. Published in 1772 it was the handbook of the duties and responsibilities of the Parish Officer.
It includes the duties of the overseers of the poor, the power in relieving, employing and settling, etc. of poor persons; the laws relating to the poor, and settlements, and the statutes concerning masters and servants. The right of Settlement was something that was of great concern to all of our ancestors. Basically, to be able to have right of settlement in a parish, one had to be born there, married there or serving an apprenticeship there. Proof was all-important, especially if a person became destitute and needed support from the parish. Parish officers would have people literally evicted and transported to another parish under such circumstances. What happened about bastardy? What obligations does an apprentice have to his master and vice-versa? This book describes it all, together with the supporting laws.
Other sections of the book include the authority and duty of constables, tithingmen, etc.; churchwardens, how they should be chosen, their duties, church accounts, repairing of churches, etc. There are some very interesting punishments for not attending church and keeping to the rules! There is a section on surveying the highways, Scavengers, methods of taxation of the highways, and laws. And finally, the duties and powers of Watchmen.
Published in 1908 this is a wonderful history of the county of Warwickshire from ancient times.
It contains details of the origin and evolution of the towns, folklore and customs, Warwickshire schools, old county families and changes in land ownership and much more.
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