A Little History of Cherington and Stourton, Warwickshire
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Links to associated websites

The amount of information on the internet about the two villages themselves is perhaps in proportion to their small size, but here are a few pages that may be of interest. The links are checked from time to time but please contact the webmaster if any no longer work.

See "Warwickshire 2" for

Warwickshire 1- the Warwickshire County Record Office. Many documents on Cherington and Stourton.

Warwickshire 2 - The fascinating Windows on Warwickshire site features resources from public collections e.g. Warwickshire Museum & Record Office. Collection of old photographs relating to Cherington and Stourton.

Warwickshire 3 - censuses, parish records, BMD. On this website: Cherington and Stourton censuses. Other places: a lot of hard work by volunteers has given us the luxury of online transcriptions of all the Warwickshire returns for four censuses, free to view and download for our researches. The free transcription of the 1881 census for the whole of Britain is on various websites, probably the most efficient search being available on Findmypast, where no-strings-attached free registration required. The 1841/1861/1891 Warwickshire censuses come under the Warwickshire Ancestors Project, completed as part of an ongoing British project including FreeCen, FreeReg (for parish registers) and FreeBMD, a transcription of the Civil Registration index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales.

Warwickshire 4 - The website for Warwickshire history and genealogy is the gateway to this site and to pages relevant to the villages of Farnborough, Snitterfield and Stockton. The Snitterfield pages illustrate links with Weston House through the landowning Philips family and builder and civil engineer James Trubshaw.

Cherington, Stourton and Sutton-under-Brailes community website

Cherington and Stourton 1 - names on monumental inscriptions - for Stourton see also under "Whichford". The site lists names alphabetically by surname, and by parish, for the whole of Warwickshire.

Cherington and Stourton 2 - the Victoria County History (VCH), in British History Online. Look at "A History of the County of Warwick, Kington Hundred" (Volume 5). Note that Stourton was in Whichford parish when the volume was published. Online versions of the VCH give the whole text but not all illustrations, for copyright reasons. A major part of the text for Cherington is devoted to the church.

Cherington and Stourton 3 - at British History Online maps, view (free) an Ordnance Survey map published in 1891. The reference for the Shipston-on-Stour sheet, including the villages, is Warwickshire 057/NW.

Cherington 1 - the 1927 picture of the Parish Church reproduced on this website is by building artist William Albert Green (1907-1983). It appears on this site dedicated to him and many of his drawings, done all over England.

Weston 1 - a website devoted to the Sheldon Tapestries, some of the earliest in the realm.

Weston 2 - a site dedicated to the genealogy of the Sheldon family, which inevitably looks at the tapestries.

Weston 3 - Weston is now in the parish of Long Compton: this is a link to their parish website.

Whichford 1 - same as Cherington and Stourton 1 above. Stourton was a hamlet of Whichford until 1910.

Banburyshire - the Banburyshire website. The area around the market town of Banbury, including parts of Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and Northamptonshire, is sometimes known as "Banburyshire". The site, devoted to Banburyshire family and local history, has a map of the area, on the fringes of which appear Cherington and Stourton. There is also a mailing list.

Chastleton House 1 - opening times and visitor information for the former home of author Margaret Dickins' sister Irene and cousin Thomas Whitmore-Jones, whom Irene married, now a National Trust property.

Chastleton House 2 (on this site) - a commentary on this fine Jacobean mansion by a visitor from The Sealed Knot society, a photograph of Irene Dickins’ wedding, and a little anecdote.

World War One 1 - The Evesham Journal newspaper Roll of Honour 1914-15 (transcribed by the late Malcolm Farmer). The original pages containing the transcriptions had disappeared from the web, but I have now republished this valuable local source by kind permission of Malcolm’s family.

World War One 2 - the story of the British Army in the Great War ...

World War One 3 - what happened to the horses?

World Wars One & Two 1 - The Commonwealth War Graves Commission website holds information about U.K. and Commonwealth military casualties.

World Wars One & Two 2 - the site details over 1,000 U.K. War Memorials and some overseas. The Cherington and Stourton entry is based on the Little History of Cherington & Stourton WW1 pages.

Bells - the website of The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers is extremely informative, and thanks are due for the use of their clear diagram of a bell and old-style fittings, reproduced on these pages.

Clergy database (Church of England 1540 - 1835: before clerical directories existed).

Baughan - John Baughan, a "First Fleeter", was deported to Australia in 1787.

Timms - Timms surname website including Cherington and Stourton roots (Holtom, Jarrett, etc.).

Webb - Richard Webb was born in Stowerton (Stourton) in 1818 and emigrated to Michigan in 1845.

Welles - Thomas Welles of Stourton became Governor of Connecticut, USA.

openlibrary.org - "One web page for every book ever published. It's a lofty, but achievable, goal."

Margaret Dickins' works number among the claimed twenty million plus so far recorded by the Open Library, part-funded by The University of California.

ancestor-search.info is Suzanne & Richard Brown's handy non-commercial reference site offering guidance on where to find information on English and Welsh ancestry. It provides a wide range of links to sources of information both on and off line. Extremely useful pages for both beginners and experienced researchers.

Cyndi’s List is one of the largest directories of websites such as this one. It covers genealogy and local history worldwide, including 14,500 sites for England (as at Dec. 2014).