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Parish Symposium 2015 – ‘Warwickshire Parishes: History and Legacy’

In 2015, both the University of Warwick and the Warwickshire Local History Society celebrate 50-year anniversaries. Building on long-standing – personal, academic and institutional – links, representatives teamed up to co-host the Thirteenth Warwick Symposium on Parish Research on Saturday 16 May 2015 under the theme of ‘Warwickshire Parishes: History and Legacy’.

Keynote address:

Robert Swanson, Birmingham
‘Little local difficulties: parochial problems in pre-Reformation Warwickshire’

Research papers:

Ruth Barbour, Warwick / WLHS
‘Church Memorial Tablets: Reflections of Secular Power? Memorials to Catholics in Warwickshire Parish Churches’

Maureen Harris, Leicester / WLHS
‘“The malice and envy of my parishioners”: Conflicting Religious Cultures in the Warwickshire Parishes of Wixford, Haseley & Burton Dassett, 1655-1720’

Angela Nicholls, Warwick / WLHS
‘Competitive philanthropy: parish charity in early modern Warwickshire’

Parish Project Presentations:

- Kristi Bain, Norwich: ‘The Medieval Churches of Norwich research project’
- Patricia Cox, Chester: ‘Chester Consistory Records Project’
- Trevor England, Solihull Local History Circle: ‘Solihull town centre photographs c. 1900
- Andrew Foster, Kent: ‘The Churchwardens’ Accounts Database’
- David Freke, Kineton & District Local History Group: ‘Local Memorials’
- Brenda Murray & Jill Tompkins Bailey: ‘Spirit of Berkswell’ project
- David Paterson, Nuneaton: ‘Chilvers Coton and Astley: How far were their schools parish institutions?’
- Andrew Thomson, Winchester: ‘Warwickshire Activities of the Consistory Courts of Worcester’

FULL PROGRAMME; there were also stalls by the Kineton & District Local History Group and Warwickshire Local History Society.

The Symposium aimed to showcase the parishes’ key cultural roles across all ages. Two principal questions guided participants:

-In which ways have parishes shaped the county of Warwick in the past? (referring e.g. to ecclesiastical life, local government, communal identity, social networks …)

-What role(s) can they play in its future? (e.g. in relation to religious / ecumenical cultures, local services, social work, heritage industry …)

Further information on the Symposium can be obtained from Beat Kümin (

We gratefully acknowledge the support of Warwick’s Humanities Research Centre & the Warwickshire Local History Society


The parish church of St Chad's at Bishop's Tachbrook in Warwickshire. Picture: BK.