Warwickshire family history information
See below for a list of records relating to Warwickshire ancestry.
Warwickshire was a small to medium sized county with an area of approx 565,000 acres, located near the centre of England in the region called the West Midlands. The county was divided into two halves - Northern and Southern Warwickshire, each half sending two members to parliament. The county contained four hundreds (local administrative regions), called Hemlingford, Knightlow, Barlichway and Kineton.
The county town was Warwick but the largest city was Birmingham; other large towns being Coventry and Leamington. In 1861 nearly two thirds of the county population resided in these four towns and around 22% of the county were engaged in trade, manufacture and commerce, with only 6% working in agriculture. The town of Stratford-in-Avon is famous as the birthplace of William Shakespeare.
Birmingham was known for the manufacture of hardware, arms and toys, and Coventry for ribbons, silks, clocks and watches. Other centres of industry were Astley, Chilvers Coton, Foleshill, Nuneaton, and Sow for ribbons and silks, Atherstone for hats, Kenilworth for combs, Tamworth and Berkeswell for flax and yarn, Alcaster, Ipsley, Lambourne, and Studley for needles, and Warwick for worsted and rush mats. Other major industries in the county were iron and coal mining, brickmaking, limekilns, stone quarrying, brewing and paper making.
The population of the county of Warwickshire was 208,190 in 1801, growing to 475,013 in 1851 and reaching 897,835 in 1901.
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