Situated just over six miles west of Coventry, this picturesque village is recorded in the Domesday Survey. It celebrated the 1,000th year of the ministry of its church in 1972. The name is said to be derived from an ancient spring or well which can still be seen near the Rectory. A 'Stattis' or Statute Fair was held each October at which local farmers would engage their labourers and servants for the following year. Place names in the parish are Four Oaks (not to be confused with Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield), Bradnock Marsh and Tile Hill (partly in Stoneleigh).

DIOCESE: Lichfield. HUNDRED: Hemlingford. UNION: Meriden

ADJOINING PARISHES: Meriden, Allesley, Stoneleigh, Kenilworth, Balsall, Barston, Hampton-In-Arden.

Parish Registers: Christenings: 1653-1951, Marriages: 1654-1939 Burials: 1653-1971 Banns 1754-1795 1840-1931.
Tile Hill, (St Oswald) Marriages: 1958-1982

Bishop's Transcripts : 1665-1836 LIC

IGI: Christenings: 1665-1697 & 1701-1836, Marriages: 1665-1836. Widely available; BMSGH(PS)

REGISTER COPIES: St.John the Baptist Part 1. Christenings: 1653-1841, Part 2. Marriages: 1653-1837, Burials: 1653-1835 BMSGH(Pbn) BIR , SoG

NONCONFORMIST: Quaker: see Source Material

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


1841 51 61 81 BIR
1881 BCP , BMSGH(PS)

Burial 1813-1837 Marriage 1653-1837 Poor Law c1690-1860

MANORIAL RECORDS: Court Rolls, rentals etc. 1587-1925.
Customs of the Manor 19th century.
Admissions and Surrenders 1763-1859 (mainly Broadhurst and Lant families).
Index of names, Court Rolls 1586-1732. Ts D. Bethel.

OTHER SOURCES: Docker family 1711-1843 .
Humphriss, 1816-1888. Lant family, deeds 1707-1841.
Account Book of John Lant, flax grower and carpenter 1786-1793.
Festival of Berkswell 1972, list of events staged for the festival with four pages headed A Miscellany of Information with attractive sketches.
A Berkswell Glebe Terrier. War.Hist. Vol.2 No.2.
Berkswell Miscellany Vols.I-IV, The Offshoot Group of Berkswell Local History Research Group.
Church of St.John the Baptist Guide Book BMSGH(LL)
Berkswell Church Funeral Hatchments, D.E.Gibbs, 1983 BMSGH(LL)
Through a Looking Glass-Some Reflections on the Parish 1989 BMSGH(LL)

[Last updated: 18th March 2013 ]