In the Middle Ages the village, which lies three miles north west of Stratford, showed signs of becoming a thriving trading centre and the attractive Guildhall remains. Shakespeare's father, John, married Mary Arden here, for Wilmcote where she lived was then part of the parish. Other place names within its boundaries are Shelfield, Little Alne, Bearley Cross and Pathlow. The name comes from the Cantelupe family, lords of the manor in 1250. The church clock dates from the fourteenth century.

DIOCESE: Worcester HUNDRED: Barlichway UNION: Alcester

ADJOINING PARISHES: Wootton Wawen, Bearley, Bishopton, Old Stratford, Billesley, Haselor and Alne, Great.

Parish Registers: Christenings: 1578-1970 Marriages: 1560-1972
Burials: 1567-1864 Banns 1823-1895 Wilmcote Christenings: 1841-1909 Marriages: 1864-1978.

Bishop's Transcripts : 1612-1837 with gaps WOR

IGI: Christenings: 1612-1700, 1772-1885, Marriages: 1754-1895. Widely available; BMSGH(PS)

MONUMENTAL INSCRIPTIONS: A Parish Scrap Book c 1871-1896 contains copies of memorial inscriptions in the churchyard, some pre 1812 STR
Wilmcote Congregational Chapel Yard 1874-1973 WAR SoG


CENSUS RECORDS:(inc. Wilmcote) All WAR
1851 BIR
1851 BMSGH SI v12 SoG BIR

INDEXES See Appendix II
Burial 1740-1837 Marriage 1754-1837 Poor Law c1690-1860

MANORIAL RECORDS: Abstract of Court Rolls 1346/1347, 1429/1430 (in Maxstoke Priory Cartulary) Part of Court Roll 1439, 1434-1464.
Court books 1728, 1808, also 1788-1816.

OTHER SOURCES: Valuation etc. of the estate of Thomas Wood 1874.
Deeds and papers (1753-1921) of James Barnacle.
Goodricke, see Alne, Great.
Parish Scrapbook.

[ Last updated: 18th March 2013 ]