"FOREST OF ARDEN, in ancient times an extensive tract of forest, situated between the rivers Trent and Severn; but at present the designation is occasionally applied to that pant of the county of Warwick which lies to the north of the river Avon. The Earl of Egmont takes from this district the title of baron. Shakspeare has made the name a household word; and it is not unlikely that this region of British woodland may be the true scene of "As You Like It".
"BARLICHWAY HUNDRED, one of the four hundreds or subdivisions of the county of Warwick, situated in the south-west part of the county, and bounded on the N. by part of Kington and Hemlingford hundreds, on the E. by the hundreds of Knightlow and Kington, on the S. by Gloucestershire, and on the W. by Worcestershire. It consists of the four divisions of Alcester, Henley, Snitterfield, and Stratford. In the Alcester division are contained the following parishes:- Alcester, Great Alne, Coughton, Ipsley, Kinwarton, Morton-Baggott, Spernall, Studley, Weethley, with parts of Arrow, Tardebigg, and Weston-on-Avon. In the Henley division are Beaudesert, Claverdon, Preston-Baggott, Rowington, Wootton Wawen, and the town of Henley-in-Arden. In the Snitterfield division are Alveston, Bearley, Budbrook, Fulbrook, Hampton-Lucy, Haseley, Hatton, Honiley, Loxley, Norton-Lindsey, Sherborne, Snitterfield, Wolverton, and Wroxhall. And in the Stratford division Aston Cantlow, Bidford, Billesley, Binton, Exhall, Hassler, Salford-Prior's, Old Stratford (with the town of Stratford-on-Avon), Temple Grafton, and Wixford, with parts of Arrow and Welford. The entire hundred extends over a space of about 100,000 acres."
"COLE, a tributary of the river Tame, rising on the N.W. border of Warwickshire."
"COTSWOLD HILLS, a range of hills and pleasant upland extending across England, through Gloucestershire and Warwickshire, for about 54 miles, and having an average altitude of 600 feet above the sea, though at certain points, as at Cleeve Hill and Broadway Hill, they rise to the height of 1,100 feet. There is little woodland, and the greater part of the surface is divided by stone fences, though some of the downs are still open. The estates along this plateau are large, with many handsome seats, and comfortable farmhouses; the land generally being let on long lease in farms from 300 to 1,000 acres. The Thames and Severn canal, and the Swindon Junction railway, cross this district near Stroud."
"HEMLINGFORD, a hundred in county Warwick, contains the divisions of Atherstone, Birmingham, Solihull, and Tamworth, comprising an area of 141,440 acres."
"KENILWORTH, a division of the hundred of Knightlow, county Warwick, contains the parishes of Ashow, Bagington, Bubbenhall, Cubbington, Harbury, Kenilworth, Leamington Priors, Leek-Wootton, Lillington, Milverton, Offchurch, Radford Semele, Stoneleigh, Ufton, Whitnash, with part of Bishop's Tachbrook, comprising about 38,000 acres."
"KINGTON, a hundred in county Warwick, in four divisions, distinguished as Brailes, Burton-Bassett, Kington, and Warwick [which see]. The Kington division contains the parishes of Atherstone-on-Stour, Butlers Marston, Chadshunt, Compton Verney, Eatington, Gayton, Holford, Kington, Lighthorne, Oxhill, Radway, Tysoe, Whitchurch, and part of Ilmington, comprising about 31,000 acres. It gives name to a deanery in the archdeaconry and diocese of Worcester."
"KIRBY, a division of the hundred of Knightlow, county Warwick, contains the parishes of Allesley, Arley, Astley, Bedworth, Binley, Brinklow, Bulkington, Burton-Hastings, Combe-Fields, Harborough-Magna, Shilton, Stretton-Baskerville, Willey, Withybrook, Wolvey, and part of Claybrooke, Holy Trinity, Stow, and Wolston, comprising 45,000 acres."
"KNIGHTLOW, a hundred in county Warwick. It is crossed by the river Avon, the ancient Watling Street, and the Roman road Fosse Way. It contains the divisions of Kenilworth, Kirby, Rugby, and Southam, comprising an area of 167,280 acres."
"RUGBY, a division of the hundred of Knightlow, county Warwick. It contains the parishes of Bilton, Bourton, Clifton, Church Lawford, Church Over (Churchover), Dunchurch, Frankton, Hillmorton, Newbold-on-Avon, Newnham-Regis, Rugby, Ryton, Stretton-upon-Dunsmoor, Willoughby, and part of Wolston, comprising about 40,000 acres."
"SHIRBURN, a stream of the county of Warwick, joins the river Sow above Stoneleigh."
"SNITTERFIELD, a division in the hundred of Barlichway, county Warwick, contains the parishes of Alveston, Bearley, Rudbrooke, Fulbrooke, Hampton-Lucy, Haseley, Hatton, Honily, Loxley, Norton Lindsey, Sherbourne, Snitterfield, Wolverton, and Wroxhall; comprising an area of 28,180 acres."
"SOLIHULL, a division in the hundred of Hemlingford, county Warwick, contains the parishes of Baddesley-Clinton, Barston, Berkeswell, Bickenhill, Elmdon, Hampton-in-Arden, Meriden, Great and Little Packington, and Solihull, comprising an area of 43,560 acres."
"SOUTHAM, a division in the hundred of Knightlow, county Warwick, contains the parishes of Birdingbury, Grandborough, Upper and Lower Hodnel, Hunningham, Bishop's Itchington, Long Itchington, Ludbrook, Leamington-Hastings, Martin, Napton, Upper Radbourn, Lower Radbourn, Upper Shuckburgh, Southam, Stockton, Wappenbury, Watergall, Weston, and Wolfhamcote, comprising an area of 40,000 acres."
"STRATFORD, a division in the hundred of Barlichway, county Warwick, contains the parishes of Aston Cantlow, Bidford, Billesley, Binton, Exhall, Hasselor, Salford Priors, Old Strafford, Temple Grafton, Wixford, and parts of Arrow and Welford, comprising an area of 29,230 acres."
"TAMWORTH, a division in the hundred of Hemlingford, county Warwick, contains the parishes of Austrey, Beddesley-Ensor, Grendon, Kingsbury, Middleton, Newton Regis, Polesworth, Seckington, Shuttington, and part of Tamworth, comprising an area of 32,640 acres."
"WARWICK, a division of the hundred of Kington, county Warwickshire. It contains the borough of Warwick, and the parishes of Barford, Charlcote, Chesterton, Lapworth, Moreton-Morrell, Newbold-Pacey, Packwood, Tanworth, Wasperton, Wellesbourne-Hastings, and part of Bishop's Tachbrook; comprising 32,640 acres."
[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]