Astley, Warwickshire Genealogy

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Parish History

Astley St Mary the Virgin is an Ancient Parish which includes Soley End.

Astley St Mary the Virgin was rebuilt by Sir Thomas Astley in 1343. A Saxon carving of a sundial from an earlier church was preserved in the tower. Thomas Grey, 2nd Marquess of Dorset was entombed in the church in 1530. The present church dates from another rebuild in 1617 by the Chamberlayne family.

Astley, is a parish in Nuneaton district, Warwickshire; it is 3½ miles W S of Chilvers-Coton railway station, and 4½ miles SW of Nuneaton. It contains a place called Soley-End; the post office is under Nuneaton.[1]


Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Church records

Bishop's Transcripts deposited at the Lichfield Record Bap 1676-1843 Marr 1676-1835 Bur 1676-1843

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Census records

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library. The first film number is 464175.

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Warwickshire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers

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Web sites 


  1. Wilson, John Marius, Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870). Date accessed: 30 Oct 2013.

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