The village is six miles north west of Warwick on the road to Hockley Heath. The church has a Norman nave and was restored in 1872. The village is recorded in the Domesday Survey as Rochintone, and the manor was held by Katherine Parr, the sixth and surviving wife of Henry VIII. A Thomas Shakespeare lived in the early sixteenth century house in Rowington and it is thought he was descended from William Shakespeare's ancestors. Pinley Green and Lowsonford are hamlets.

DIOCESE: Worcester. HUNDRED: Barlichway. UNION: Warwick

ADJOINING PARISHES: Baddesley Clinton, Wroxall, Claverdon, Preston Bagot, Lapworth.

Parish Registers: Christenings: 1638-1978 Marriages: 1638-1992 Burials: 1638-1978.

Bishop's Transcripts : Begin 1612 WOR

IGI: Christenings: 1612-1885, Marriages: 1612-1895. Widely available; BMSGH(PS)

REGISTER COPIES: CMB 1612-1812 Pt and Indexed PRS 21. CMB 1612/3-1812 IHGS CM Burials: 1612-1812 SoG

NONCONFORMIST: Roman Catholic: see Source Material and C, M & R Vol.2



1851 61 BIR
1881 BCP , BMSGH(PS)

Burial 1813-1837
Marriage 1754-1836
Pallot 1790-1812
Poor Law c1690-1860

1604-1760 Court Book 1742-1758 BIR
Copy of Court Roll 1763-1812, Customs and usages early 18th century, copy of Costumal 19th century, extensive manorial records are to be found in the Pinley Abbey collection, and in that of Ferrers of Baddesley Clinton. Index to court rolls and court books of the manor, started in 1828 (1748-1859).

DEEDS: Deeds of Pinley and Rowington, in Pinley Abbey collection. Miscellaneous deeds 18th and 19th centuries.

OTHER SOURCES: Wheeler-Galton of Pinley, estate records, c1160-1818.
Maps and surveys of estates of W.A. Roberts.
A volume of plans of lands and premises belonging to John Patrick, Lord of the Manor, with pencilled note naming later tenants 1826.
From Hroca to Anne, Joy Woodall. (The result of researches into more than a thousand years of Rowington's past. Illustrations of houses and farms in the area of the 16th and 17th centuries. There is much information about such families as the Shakespeares, Reeves, Attwoods, Smythes, Saunders and many more. Chapter 10, Holdings and Tenants is particularly useful.)
An Enquiry into the Frequency of the Parochial Registration of Catholics in a 17th Century Warwickshire Parish (Rowington), V.T.J.Arkell, Local Population Studies No.9 Autumn 1972.
Memorials of a Warwickshire parish; being extracts from deeds in the possession of the Rowington Charities 1612-1812.
Recusant Rowington, Worcestershire Recusant No.31 June 1978
Pinley, Collection of documents relating to c1180-1818 with a history compiled therefrom, E.G.Wheeler-Galton.
Records of Rowington, J.W.Ryland, Vols. 1 & 2 (1896 & 1922) BMSGH (RL) WAR
Cooke, Roberts and Daniels, see Alcester.
Kemp family, see Claverdon.
Transcripts, notes and analysis of records, see Bickenhill.

[Last updated: 18th March 2013 ]