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Whittington

"Whittington is a fine rural village, seated on a dry gravelly soil, three miles ESE of Lichfield, and comprising within its parish, 809 inhabitants, and upwards of 3000 acres of land, all of which is enclosed, except Whittington Heath, on the west side of the village, where Lichfield Races are held. This heath forms an excellent sheep walk, and would, if enclosed, be very productive for the growth of turnips and barley. John Levett, Esq, and Sir Robert Peel are the principal landowners, but the Marquis of Anglesey is lord of the manor.
Huddlesford, in this parish, is a hamlet, on the Coventry Canal, three miles E of Lichfield, and one mile N of Whittington. The canal here is crossed by the Trent Valley Railway."
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]

Cemeteries

A transcript of the Monumental Inscriptions of St Giles, Whittington, has been published by the Birmingham & Midland SGH.
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Census

The population of Whittington parish was as follows:
1801 -- 611
1831 -- 766
1841 -- 809

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Church History

"The Parish Church, St Giles, has a lofty spire, and was rebuilt, except the tower, in 1761. The perpetual curacy is in the patronage of John Levett, Esq, and incumbency of the Rev Charles Floyer, MA, of Hints."

[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]

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Church Records

Church of England Registers
The register of the parish church of St Giles commences in 1574. The original registers for the period 1574-1867 (Bapts), 1574-1837 (Mar) & 1574-1857 (Bur) are deposited at Staffordshire Record Office.
Bishops Transcripts, 1663-1870 (with many gaps) are deposited at Lichfield Record Office.

Nonconformist Church Registers
The original registers of Whittington Barracks Wesleyan Methodist Chapel for the period 1892-1935 (Bapts) are deposited at Staffordshire Record Office.

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History

Whittington & Fisherwick Parish Community website includes maps and current information on the area.

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Poorhouses, Poor Law etc

Whittington parish became part of Lichfield Union following the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834.

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[Last updated: 4th July 2011, Mike Harbach.  © 1999 - 2011]