"RATLEY, a parish in the Burton-Dassett division of Kington hundred, county Warwick, 4 miles S.E. of Kineton, and the same distance S.W. of Fenny Compton railway station. Banbury is its post town. The village, which is of small extent, is situated under Edgehill, once the scene of a sanguinary battle between the royalists and parliamentarians in the reign of Charles I. The hills in the neighbourhood afford excellent pasturage for large quantities of cattle. A large portion of the inhabitants are engaged in the stone quarries, which are very extensive."
[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]