In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Wolston like this:
WOLSTON, a village and a parish in Rugby district, Warwick. The village stands on the river Avon, near Br and on r. station, 6 miles W of Rugby; and has a post-office‡ under Coventry. The parish includes Brandon and Bretford townships, and comprises 2,770 acres. Real property, £6,442. ...
Pop., 1,263. Houses, 284. The manor, with W. House , belongs to the Wilcox family. W.-Heath Cottage is occupied by Gen. Valiant. An alien priory, a cell to Dinan in Norm and y, was founded here after the Norman conquest; was given, by Richard II., to Coventry priory; and is now a farmhouse. Brandon manor, with B. Lodge, belongs to J. Beech, Esq. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Worcester. Value, £500. Patrons, the Trustees of the late W. Wilcox, Esq. The church is ancient and cruciform, and was repaired in 1860. There are a Baptist chapel, a national school, and charities £34.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Wolston, in Rugby and Warwickshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
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