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Hillmorton, Rugby, Warwickshire

This description of Hillmorton from Domesday Book transcribed by me from
"History from the Sources": Warwickshire DB23 Phillimore 1976:-

[Mortone]  "Land of the Count of Meulan, In Marton Hundred, in (HILL)MORTON 1 1/2 hides.  Merwin holds from him.  Land for 6 ploughs.  In lordship 1; 1 slave; 5 villagers and 6 smallholders with 3 ploughs.  Meadow, 12 acres.  The value was 30s; later 25s; now 30s.  Merwin, Scroti, and Waltheof held it freely."
"In the same village 1 hide and 1 virgate of land.  Waltheof holds from him.  Land for 6 ploughs.  In lordship 1, with 1 slave; 10 villagers, and 7 smallholders with 4 ploughs.  Meadow 12 acres.  The value was 50s; later and now 45s.  Scroti held it freely before 1066."
"In (HILL)MORTON 1/2 hide.  Waltheof holds from him.  Land for 2 ploughs.  3 villagers with 1 smallholder and 1 slave have 1 plough.  Meadow 6 acres.  The value was 15s; now 10s.  Waltheof also held it freely before 1066."

The following description of the parish of Hillmorton is transcribed and edited by me from
"The National Gazetteer of Great Britain & Ireland 1868" CDROM version produced by Colin Hinson ©2005 :-

"HILLMORTON, a parish in the Rugby division of the hundred of Knightlow, County Warwick, 3 miles north east of Crick, and 2 east of Rugby, its post town and railway station on the London and North-Western line.  The manor at the time of the Domesday Survey belonged to Sir Thomas de Ashley, by whom it was sold to the Veres of London.  The village, which is very irregular, is situated partly on rising ground and partly on the rivulet running to Creck, which is separated from this parish by the ancient Watling Street.  The Oxford canal passes through the parish, and rises to a considerable elevation in its progress to Braunston, where it has three double locks.  The parish is also intersected by the London and Birmingham railway and the road to Northampton.  The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Worcester, value 202.  The church, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, is an ancient edifice with a square tower containing five bells.  In the interior of the church are several monuments and effigies.  The register dates from 1564.  The Wesleyans have a place of worship.  The parochial charities produce about 98 per annum, of which 16 go to a school, and the residue to be distributed to the poor in bread every Sunday.  Thomas Townsend, Esq., is lord of the manor."

For the first 18 years of my family history research I had never heard of the village of Hillmorton, let alone knew that it or the county of Warwickshire would feature in my ancestry.  It was in 2006 that I finally discovered the whereabouts of my great grandfather Charles Webb (born in Houghton Conquest, Bedfordshire in 1843) in the 1861 and subsequently the 1851 census.  He was living with his mother and stepfather in the 1861 census in Lower Street Hillmorton and the family were in the same place in the 1851 census, although my great grandfather was named as Charles Goodman in 1851, the son of the head of the household.  Without the connection from the 1861 census I would never have found Charles Webb in 1851 as he does not exist in the census under that name.

Charles lived in Hillmorton from his early years until the early 1860's when he moved to Yorkshire, presumably to find work as a coal miner.  He was 17 in the 1861 census and working as a gardener apprentice.  He must have attended school in Hillmorton although I have yet to find any record of his existence there other than the census returns.