"BAXTERLEY, a parish in the hundred of Hemlingford, in the county of Warwick, 3 miles to the W. of Atherstone, its post town, and 8 S.E. from Tamworth. The Midland West Branch railway passes near this place, and has a station at Atherstone. In early times this manor belonged to the Grendons, and in the reign of Edward I. was granted by Sir John Lovell to Sir John de Chetwynd. In the 19th of Edward III. it was given to the abbey of Merivale, and at the Dissolution was purchased by Lord Ferrars of Chartley, from whom it passed to the Earls of Essex. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Worcester, of the value of £262, in the patronage alternately of the crown and F. Boultbee, Esq. Baxterley Hall is the principal residence. There are several coal mines worked in this parish, the property of W. S. Dugdale, Esq., who resides at Merevale Hall."
[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]