The border between Warwickshire and Oxfordshire forms the southern boundary of the parish, and the village, virtually on the border, is about six miles north west of Banbury. There are fine views of the countryside of Oxfordshire from the village which is six hundred feet above sea level in a hollow of the Edge Hills. There are terraces of stone cottages, the former homes of workers of Hornton Quarries. The fourteenth century church has been much altered. There are a number of old cottages with thatched roofs. Upton House, now owned by the National Trust has a fine collection of pictures and porcelain.

DIOCESE: Lichfield. HUNDRED: Kington. UNION: Banbury

ADJOINING PARISHES: Tysoe, Radway, Warmington, and the Oxfordshire parishes of Horton, Allerton and Shenington.

Parish Registers: Christenings: 1701-1979 Marriages: 1701-1978 Burials: 1701-1924.

Bishop's Transcripts : 1662-1836 LIC Begin c1858 WOR

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

REGISTER COPIES: CM Burials: 1701-1812 SoG
Christenings: 1813-1871 Marriages: 1813-1837 Burials: 1813-1878 COV

MONUMENTAL INSCRIPTIONS: Yard STR .Bloom, who made the transcript, writes: 'Churchyard well cared for but church stands on hillside, the main entrance at the north. Consequently all the older interments are upon the north. There must have been considerable destruction of old stones; some are loose and leaning against church wall'. There is a plan.
St. Peter ad Vincula BMSGH m/fiche , WAR , SoG , BIR


1881 BCP , BMSGH(PS)

Burial 1813-1837 Marriage 1754-1837

MANORIAL RECORDS: 1526-1730 1829 (Upton) STR

DEEDS: Deeds relating to lands at Ratley and Whitnash 1669-1848. Deeds, wills etc in deposit of Herbert and Franklin, Solicitors, Banbury.

OTHER SOURCES: The surname 'England' was very common in the parish, there are seventeen on the War Memorial.
The Visiting List of the Rev.A.Child, 1881, has been described as a gem of village history. It is a register of every household in the village at that date.
Child-Villiers of Upton; records of the Earls of Jersey's estates in Warwickshire.
Plan of estate at Upton 1774.
Map of estate at Ratley.
Parish magazines 1883-1933.
Ward collection drawings.
W.I. Domesday Book 1976.

[Last updated: 18th March 2013 ]