"BINLEY, a parish and village in the Kirby division of the hundred of Knightlow, in the county of Warwick, 3 miles E. from Coventry, and 2 from Brandon railway station. It is situated on the river Sow, and contains the liberty of Earnsford. The living is a donative curacy in the diocese of Worcester, value £52, in the patronage of Earl Craven, who is also lord of the manor and sole proprietor of the parish. The church, which was erected by the sixth Earl Craven, in 1772, is, an elegant structure in the Grecian style, and dedicated to St. Bartholomew. At the east end is a stained window, representing the Holy Family. There is a village school, supported by Lady Craven. Thomas Wagstaffe, author of a work in defence of Charles I. and also chaplain to the Pretender, was a native of this village; he died in Rouen in 1770."
[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]