The village of Henley has a remarkable variety of architecture dating from the fifteenth century, and the main street, almost a mile long, is also the main road from Birmingham to Stratford. It lies about seven miles north west of Stratford and was at one time a Chapelry of Wootton Wawen. In area it is small, and the parish church of Beaudesert is very near. It was a market town of some importance in the Middle Ages, but declined with the growth of Stratford and later Birmingham.

DIOCESE: Worcester. HUNDRED: Barlichway. UNION: Stratford

ADJOINING PARISHES: Ullenhall, Beaudesert, Wootton Wawen and Oldberrow in Worcestershire.

Parish Registers: Christenings: 1679-1962 Marriages: 1679-1762 Burials: 1679-1730 (Note, CB 1700-1812 and M 1700-1754 are in Wootton Wawen registers). Banns 1864 -1921.

Bishop's Transcripts : 1608-1812 includes Ullenhall and Wootton Wawen 1813-1837 WOR

IGI: Baptist Christenings: 1791-1830. Widely available; BMSGH(PS)

REGISTER COPIES: 1546-1700 appear in Wootton Wawen, its History and Records, W.Cooper 1946. CMB 1546-1700 SoG

NONCONFORMIST: Baptist: Z 1791-1830 PRO , COV . Z 1688-1885 Burials: 1688-1885 M Christenings: 1803-1913 WAR

St. John's Church BMSGH m/fiche , WAR , SoG , BIR

PROBATE RECORDS: WOR (some miscellaneous probate and wills at WAR )

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

Burial 1813-1837
Poor Law c1690-1860

MANORIAL RECORDS: Various from 1495-1801 STR Survey and Customs 1649, Court Books 1760-1934 (5 vols.) with index of names in each volume at WAR
The Records of the Manor of Henley-in-Arden, ed. Frederick C.Wellstood, 1919 BIR , WAR

DEEDS: Hardman collection of Deeds, names of persons given See also Lodder & Son below. WAR

OTHER SOURCES: Plan of James Barker's estate 1809.
Horsley family of Henley-in-Arden and Budbrooke 18th-19th centuries.
John Whitehouse, Deeds 1821-1843.
Papers of G.F. Lodder & Son, Henley-in-Arden, Solicitors.
Electors List 1891.
Henley-in-Arden and its Surroundings, W.Cooper FSA, (contains its social, industrial and political history with copious references to many sources including articles on turnpikes, gilds, schools, coaches etc, and an index of people and places), 1946.
Notes on Henley-in-Arden, J.Hannett 1886.
Portrait of Henley-in-Arden, A.E. Cleaver, WWM Vol.1 No.9 1953.
Henley-in-Arden, Tudor Edwards WWM Vol.7 No.8 1960.
Gleanings from History on Henley-in-Arden, Wootton Wawen and Beaudesert M.S.Bell 1902
Henley-in-Arden illustrated with drawings, J.Crouch, TBMIAS Vol.XXI 1895.
Henley-in-Arden, WWM March 1968.
Rural Settlements in Warwickshire, T.R.Slater and G.Bartley, published by the Birmingham Branch of the Geographical Association 1981 (see Charlecote).
Ward collection drawings.
See also Ferrers of Baddesley Clinton collection.

[Last updated: 18th March 2013 ]