Middleton is about four and a half miles south west of Tamworth and was recorded in Domesday Book. The church was built in Norman times, but there have been many alterations over the centuries. The name is thought to have been given to indicate the midway position the village occupies between the royal seat at Kingsbury and the royal hunting ground at Sutton Coldfield. Middleton Hall was occupied by the Willoughby family for many generations, and memorials to members of the family are to be found in the church, the earliest being a small brass dated 1407. A very fine brass in the centre of the chancel floor is to Sir Richard Bingham who died in 1476. His wife, Margaret, had inherited the Hall from her first husband, Hugh Willoughby in 1476.

DIOCESE: Lichfield. HUNDRED: Hemlingford. UNION: Tamworth

ADJOINING PARISHES: Drayton Bassett (Staffordshire), Kingsbury, Lea Marston, Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield.

Parish Registers: Christenings: 1677-1943 Marriages: 1681-1937 Burials: 1676-1894 Banns 1824-1899.

Bishop's Transcripts : 1655-1846 LIC 1847-1887 (gaps) WAR

IGI: Christenings: 1761-1875, Marriages: 1755-1878. Widely available; BMSGH(PS)

REGISTER COPIES: Transcripts and analysis of registers 1675-1760 WAR , SUT
CM 1675-1899, Burials: 1675-1894, Banns 1824-1899 WAR

Christenings: 1677-1899 Marriages: 1681-1899 Burials: 1675-1894 SoG

St. John the Baptist BMSGH m/fiche , WAR , SoG , BIR


CENSUS RETURNS: 1841 1851 1881 1891 WAR
1871 1881 1891 SUT
1881 BCP , BMSGH(PS)

Burial 1813-1837
Marriage 1755-1837
Poor Law c1690-1860

MANORIAL RECORDS: See Middleton manuscripts University of Nottingham Library (List at WAR )

OTHER SOURCES: Guide to the Church of St.John the Baptist, Middleton Rev.C.Hodgson. BMSGH(LL)
Estate Plan 1865
Knight 1807-1897

[Last updated: 18th March 2013 ]