Polesworth  Warwickshire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Polesworth like this:

POLESWORTH, a village and a parish in Atherstone district, Warwick. The village stands on the river Anker, near the Coventry canal and the Trent Valley railway, 1½ mile N of Watling-street, and 4 E S E of Tamworth; is an ancient place; was once a market-town; and has a station on the railway, a post-office‡ under Tamworth, and a fair on the Monday after 19 Sept. ...

The parish contains also the hamlets of Warton, Dordon, and Hallend-with-Freazley, and the manors of Pooley and Bramcote. Acres, 6, 310. Real property, £8, 914. 1851, 2, 104; in 1861, 2, 451. Houses, 500. The manor and much of the land belong to Sir George Chet-wynd, Bart. Pooley Hall belonged anciently to the Marmions; passed, in 1399, to the Cokains; was rebuilt, in 1509, by Sir T. Cokain; and belongs now toW. G. Wynne Finch, Esq. A nunnery was founded at Poles-worth by King Egbert, or his son; was refounded, after the Norman conquest, by Robert Marmion; and has leftsome remains. There are collieries, quarries, and clay-works. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Worcester. Value, £502.* Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church belonged to the ancient nunnery; and consists of nave and aisle, with a very fine tower. The p.curacy of Warton is a separate benefice. There are an Independent chapel, two Baptist chapels, and Church of England endowed schools with £401 a year.

Polesworth through time

Polesworth is now part of North Warwickshire district. Click here for graphs and data of how North Warwickshire has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Polesworth itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Polesworth in North Warwickshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 24th January 2020

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