In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Wootton Wawen like this:
WOOTTON-WAWEN, a township, a parish, and a sub-district, in Stratford-on-Avon district, Warwick. The township lies on the Birmingham and Stratford-on-Avon canal, 2 miles NW by N of-Bearley r. station, and 6½ NNW of Stratford-on-Avon; and has a post-office under Birmingham. Real property, £7,762. Pop., 676. house s, 146. The parish includes Henley-in-Arden township and Ullenhall chapelry; and comprises 8,700 acres. Pop., 2,253. Houses, 497. The manor belonged to Wagen or Waven the Saxon; went, in the Norman times, to the Staffords; and passed, in the time of Henry VIII., to the Smythes. ...
W. Hall belongs to Sir F. Smythe, Bart.; is occupied by Lady Chatterton; and has attached to it a Roman Catholic chapel. Edstone Hall belongs to D. Galton, Esq. Barrels was the seat of Earl Catherlough, and belongs now to Mrs. Newton. A Benedictine priory, a cell to Conches abbey in Normandy, was founded in the parish by the Staffords; and was given, by Henry VI., to Kings College, Cambridge. There is an extensive tannery. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Worcester. Value, £300. Patron, Kings College, Cambridge. The church is partly Norman, partly of later dates; and was the church of the priory. The p. curacy of Henley-in-Arden and the vicarage of Ullenhall are separate benefices. There are several schools and some charities.The sub-district contains six parishes. Acres, 17,747. Pop., 3,797. Houses, 840.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Wootton Wawen has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Stratford on Avon. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Wootton Wawen and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Wootton Wawen, in Stratford on Avon and Warwickshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 23rd May 2013
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