160 years of life in a Warwickshire village
This book is a light-hearted look at the social history of the village of Offchurch, mainly focussing on events and the people involved in them. It has been written chronologically.
Material has been gathered from school log books, vestry minutes, local newspaper archives, the internet, word of mouth, books and old village magazines. It has been a joy to research and write and I sincerely hope that you will enjoy reading it.
St. Gregory's church went through a massive period of restoration between the years 1863 to 1871 and this has been documented in the book.
There were eight censuses taken between 1841 and 1911 and I had a lot of fun picking them apart and number-crunching. Which were the most popular names in the village? How many people were born in the village? Who was living in The Bury? Who was the oldest resident?
From a scandal connected to the Lord of the Manor that rocked the Royal family, to how the village was run by the vestry committee.
From details about the many vicars through the years, to weddings and funerals held at St. Gregory's church.
From the building of the first school, to the closing of the last.
Read and enjoy!