The stately home of Charlecote lies about four miles north east of Stratford and is today a tourist attraction, open to visitors. Walter de Montfort, a member of the Beaudesert Montforts, married in 1189 an heiress of the Lucy family of Luce-sur-Orne in Normandy and set up house at Charlecote which continued to be held by the direct male line until 1787. Sir Thomas Lucy lived there in Shakespeare's time, and there is a legend that the latter went to London to escape the wrath of the owner after having indulged in poaching in Charlecote Park. A herd of deer is still to be seen there.

DIOCESE: Worcester. HUNDRED: Kington. UNION: Stratford-upon-Avon

ADJOINING PARISHES: Wasperton, Newbold Pacey, Wellesbourne, Hampton Lucy. (Huntscote and Thelsford were hamlets within the parish).

Parish Registers: Christenings: 1543-1980 Marriages: 1543-1978 Burials: 1539-1979 Banns 1827-1924

Bishop's Transcripts : Begin1616 WOR

IGI: Christenings: 1543-1877, Marriages: 1543-1836. Widely available; BMSGH(PS)

REGISTER COPIES: Christenings: 1543-1812, Marriages: 1543-1812, Burials: 1539-1812 STR
Marriages: 1543-1812 PHIL 3 WAR , SoG , BIR
Christenings: 1874-1910 Marriages: 1837-1978 Burials: 1813-1978 SoG
Marriages: 1651-1675 BOYD MISC , SoG

Church and Yard to 1890s STR
St.Leonard's BMSGH.m/fiche , WAR , SoG , BIR

PROBATE RECORDS: A Peculiar of Hampton Lucy, Index, wills admons and inventories STR 1841-1871.

1851 BMSGH SI v.11 SoG , BIR
1851 vVI (RR) , SoG
1881 BCP , BMSGH(PS) ,

Burial 1813-1837
Marriage 1543-1812 & 1814-1836
Pallot 1790-1812

OTHER SOURCES SOURCES: Lucy of Charlecote, records 14th-19th centuries.
The Heir of Charlecote, M.Dallow Penguin Books 1955.
Charlecote and the Lucys, the Chronicle of an English Family.
Hon.Alice Fairfax-Lucy 1958.
Charlecote C.Lines WWM Aug 1972.
Hawkes Family, see Budbrooke.
Charlecote Church and its Monuments, H.Tobin 1883. W.I. Village History Scrapbook 1965.
Rural Settlements in Warwickshire, by T.R.Slater and G.Bartley, published by the Birmingham Branch of the Geographical Association 1981, contains the census returns 1851 for Kineton, Kinwarton, Charlecote and Norton Lindsey, the 1809 Enclosure Award and 1841 Tithe Award for Norton Lindsey.
Many field maps for the above parishes, field and street plans of Henley in Arden and field maps of Mappleborough Green, 1824, 1849 and 1886. (Department of Geography, University of Birmingham).

[Last updated: 18th March 2013 ]