The present large village is about four miles south east of Tamworth. Pooley Hall was built in 1509 and is one of the oldest brick structures in the county. There was a Norman abbey in Polesworth and the church, approached through the abbey gateway, incorporates some of the walls of the abbey church.

DIOCESE: Lichfield. HUNDRED: Hemlingford. UNION: Atherstone

ADJOINING PARISHES: Newton Regis, Austrey, the Leicestershire parishes of Napton on the Hill and Sheepy Magna, Grendon, Baddesley Ensor, Kingsbury, Tamworth, Shuttington, Seckington.

HAMLETS: Bramcote, Dordon (became a parish in 1877), Hall End, Dosthill, Freazley (Freasley), Delves, Quarry Hill, Pooley, Warton (became a parish in 1849).

Parish Registers: Christenings: 1631-1905 Marriages: 1631-1902 Burials: 1631-1947
Dosthill Christenings: 1872-1925 Marriages: 1880-1968.
Warton: Christenings: 1849-1922 Burials: 1849-1863.

Bishop's Transcripts : 1669-1844 LIC

IGI: Christenings: 1665-1875, Marriages: 1631-1885 also Independent Christenings: 1825-1836. Widely available; BMSGH(PS)

CMB 1631-1741 STR
Christenings: 1631-1895 Marriages: 1631-1902 Burials: 1631-1947 WAR

Christenings: 1631-1905 Marriages: 1631-1902 Burials: 1631-1947 SoG
Christenings: 1895-1905 COV
St.Editha Christenings: 1779-1837, Marriages: 1754-1837, Burials: 1770-1837 BMSGH (Pbn) , BIR , SoG

NONCONFORMIST: Congregational/Independent Z 1825-1836 PRO , COV . Z 1832-1836 WAR
Methodist: Bridge Street Marriages: 1941-1983 WAR

Warton - St. Ediths's and Baptist Church also Dordon, St.Leonards BMSGH m/fiche , WAR , SoG , BIR

PROBATE RECORDS: LIC Wills and administrations of Polesworth, Newton Regis and Grendon 1680-1750 BIR

CENSUS RETURNS: All (inc.Warton) WAR
1881 & 1881 Dordon, Freazley,Hall End, Warton and Bramcote BIR
Dosthill 1841,51,81, 91 only WAR
1881 BCP , BMSGH(PS)

Burial 1813-1837
Marriage 1719-1750 & 1754-1837
Poor Law c1690-1860

MANORIAL RECORDS: Deeds of the Manor of Polesworth 1618.

DEEDS: Early deeds of the Nethersole Charity from the 1600s and much miscellaneous material e.g. appointments of school teachers.

OTHER SOURCES: Estate plan, Pooley Hall, 18th-20th centuries.
Dosthill, Burdett family, deeds and other papers 18th-20th century.
The Minister of Polesworth to his parishioners, an address 1825.
Vicar's memorandum book 1842-1935 (became a scrapbook relating to parish affairs after 1864).
Parish magazine 1868-70.
W.I. Scrapbook 1965.
Ward collection drawings.

[Last updated: 18th March 2013 ]