Below is a quick timeline summary of the history of Wolfhampcote and its church. For further details read more in A Short History, or click on one of the links shown below for specific information.

-250,000,000 BC


The conglomeration of ammonites were found in Stockton quarry nearby. The others in fields and ponds around Wolfhamcote. Photographs can be found here to view.

1086 AD

Domesday book – see further information in A Short History

The land of Thornkil of Warwick in Marton Hundred
The same Thorkil holds WOLFHAMPCOTE. There are 41/2 hides. there is land for 3 ploughs. in demesne is 1 [plough], and 4 slaves; and 7 villans with a priest and 10 bordars have 4 ploughs. There are 5 acres of meadow. It was and is worth 40s. Eskil held it freely TRE.

From Thorkil, 4 brothers hold in WOLFHAMPCOTE 1 hide and half a virgate of land. There is land for 2 ploughs, and yet there are 3 ploughs, and 3 acres of meadow. it was and is worth 20s. The same men themselves held it, and were free.

Enough land to support a free family and dependents.
As much land as could be tilled with one plough in a year.
So size dependent on quality of land.

Averaging 30 acres but varying greatly

A division under the fuedal system consisting of a number of houses and adjacent lands

In the Feudal system, demesne (also spelled desmesne; via Old French demeine from Latin dominium) was all the land, not necessarily all contiguous to the Manor House, that was retained by a lord for his own use – as distinguished from land “alienated” or granted to others (alieni) as freehold tenants.

Villan, villein
Occupier of land in the feudal vill
Villager, peasant

A villein of the lowest rank, who held a cottage at his lords pleasure, for which he rendered menial service

1248 AD

First recorded facts  Geoffrey de Langeley puts a chaplain in charge.

1549 AD

The will and inventory of John Good is here
Thanks to Bob Houghton for the translation

1799 AD

Authorized by the act of the 28th of march 1794. the canal was slated to go from Warwick to Birmingham and then to Oxford. the lines name was changed to the Oxford canal at Napton. the canal officially opened on 19 December 1799.

1892 AD

New Church of St Mark’s built in Flecknoe. The vicar’s letter.

1899 AD

The Great Central line opens.

1932-1944 AD

Click here for an extract from the journals of Stephen Dawson who came to live in Wolfhampcote in 1919 when he was six years old.

1952 AD

Looters violate coffin for jewels. Daventry weekly Express 14 November 1952.

1957 AD

It is proposed to move the church to a housing estate in Nuneaton. Reported in The Coventry Evening Telegraph Friday December 27, 1957.

1970 AD

The friends of Wolfhampcote Church formed under the chairmanship of poet laureate Sir John Betjeman

RCF refers to The Redundant Churches Fund which was set up in 1969 and later became The Churches Conservation Trust.

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