Originally Temple Balsall was a Chapelry of Hampton-in-Arden, and a Lichfield Peculiar of the Manorial Court. It is situated about six miles north west of Warwick near the main Birmingham to Warwick Road. The manor of Balsall was given to the Order of Knights Templars in the reign of King Stephen. The church was built in 1325 by The Order Of St.John of Jerusalem. and has a fine Norman crypt. Near the church is the attractive Lady Catherine Leveson Hospital, founded in 1677 by a grand-daughter of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. Place names in the parish are Chadwick End, Fen End and Diddington.

DIOCESE: Lichfield (manorial peculiar) HUNDRED: Hemlingford UNION: Solihull

ADJOINING PARISHES: Knowle, Barston, Berkswell, Kenilworth, Honiley, Wroxall, Baddesley Clinton.

Parish Registers: Christenings: 1736-1906 Marriages: 1749-1982 Burials: 1744-1876 Banns 1863-1954

Bishop's Transcripts : 1809-1834 LIC 1800-1906 (with gaps) WAR

IGI: Christenings: 1809-31. Widely available; BMSGH(PS)

REGISTER COPIES: Christenings: 1828-1833 WAR
SoG Christenings: 1813-1899, Marriages: 1823-1899, Burials: 1813-1876, Banns 1863-1899

NONCONFORMIST:Roman Catholic: see Source Material and C,M&R Vol.2
Methodist: see Coventry Wesleyan Methodist Circuit Z 1838-1911 COV

MONUMENTAL INSCRIPTIONS: Copy of Barlow Evetts' inscription WAR
Church and Churchyard and Rabbit Lane Cemetery:
Chadwick End Roman Catholic Church. SoG

PROBATE RECORDS: WAR Printed Index Wills and Admons 1675-1790 (BRS 7) MS calendar, post-1790 records; WOR

1841 51 61 81 BIR
1851 BMSGH SI v9 SoG BIR
1851 vI (RR) SoG Transcription of 1871 CENSUS, WAR

Burial 1813-1837
Marriage 1749-1837

MANORIAL RECORDS: 1505-1769 STR Document c1657 BIR At WAR there are many manorial documents for this area, Customs 1549-1657, Customal 1552, Admissions, Surrenders etc. 1766-1865, Calendar of Court Rolls, 1538, 1613-38, Court Rolls (copies) 1748-1803, and many others of various dates. Fen End Court Rolls 1737-1805.

DEEDS: 1587-1748, 1774-1888.
Deeds of land belonging to Bree family of Beausale .

OTHER SOURCES: Couchman Family papers 1836-1888.
Evetts of Temple Balsall; Poole of Balsall Common.
Mrs Ada Lant, deeds etc., Balsall c1600-1830. Records relating to Lady Katherine Leveson's Hospital and Charity from 1678, e.g. register of names of all women elected and admitted to the hospital 1678-1891
Register of the names of the poor boys admitted to the free school of the hospital and date of leaving 1679-1788.
Extracts from Thomas Ward's Collections for the continuation of Dugdale's Warwickshire, 1801-1849.
Town Book for the hamlet, 1638-1667. Romantic Temple Balsall (WWM Vol.2 No.10, Nov. 1955).
W.I. Scrap book 1965.

[Last updated: 18th March 2013 ]