The village lies four miles south west of Southam on the road to Kineton. As the name suggests, it belonged in mediaeval times to the Bishops of Lichfield, and the River Itchen is nearby. It was originally known as Upper Itchington. Lower Itchington to the south west was depopulated in 1547. There were limestone quarries in the area providing work for the inhabitants, and limestone is still quarried. Part of the R.A.F. airfield at Gaydon is in this parish. Chadshunt and Gaydon (now a modern parish) were both Chapelries.

DIOCESE: Lichfield, a Peculiar Jurisdiction of the Prebendary of Colwich in the Cathedral Church of Lichfield, together with Bishop's Tachbrook, Merevale, Chadshunt and Gaydon. HUNDRED: Knightlow. UNION: Southam

ADJOINING PARISHES: Harbury, Ladbroke, Chapel Ascote and Watergall (both ex- parochial), Burton Dassett, Kineton, Compton Verney (ex-parochial), Lighthorne, Chesterton.

Parish Registers: Christenings: 1559-1922 Marriages: 1559-1947 Burials: 1559-1911 Banns 1824-1879.
Gaydon Christenings: 1701-1930 Marriages: 1701-1835 Burials: 1701-1812 (Banns) 1864-1923.
Chadshunt Christenings: 1701-1930 Marriages: 1701-1835

Burials: 1701-1812 Banns 1754-1812, 1823-1830, 1905-1953.

Bishop's Transcripts : Bishops Itchington 1614-1841 (gaps) LIC
Chadshunt 1660-1812 LIC
Gaydon 1813-1821 LIC Begin c1858 WOR

IGI: Christenings: 1559-1876, Marriages: 1560-1754 & 1760-1875. Widely available; BMSGH(PS)
Chadshunt and Gaydon Christenings: 1660-1812, Marriages: 1662-1671 & 1685-1835

REGISTER COPIES: Burials: 1698-1837
Gaydon CM Burials: 1873-1930
Gaydon and Chadshunt Marriages: 1754-1837
Chadshunt Banns 1881-1922 SoG

MONUMENTAL INSCRIPTIONS: Plan of graves in churchyard, Gaydon 1954 WAR
Bishops Itchington St.Michael BMSGH m/fiche , WAR , SoG , BIR
Gaydon St.Giles BMSGH m/fiche , WAR , SoG , BIR
Chadshunt Churchyard SoG


INDEXES from 1701-1790. From 1791 consolidated with other Lichfield Peculiars which should also be consulted for earlier periods. There are some wills listed separately.

CENSUS RETURNS: All (inc.Gaydon and Chadshunt) WAR
1851 (Chadshunt) BIR
1851 (inc.Gaydon and Chadshunt) BMSGH SI v.14 SoG , BIR
1851 Chadshunt and Gaydon vV (RR) , SoG
1851 vXIV (RR) , SoG
1881 BCP , BMSGH(PS)

Burial 1698-1837 and Chadshunt 1813-1837
Marriage 1754-1837 and Gaydon and Chadshunt 1701-1837
Marriage Bonds and Allegations: 1682-1837 Names of both parties dates and parish but arranged by male surname only. No bondsmen or occupations

MANORIAL RECORDS: Nine documents 1547-1568 BIR Particular of lands of James Engory c1650.

OTHER SOURCES: Chamberlayne, estate papers 1524, 1652-1885.
Fleming family, carpenters and wheelwrights, Ledger 1826-1863.
Thelluson family, plan of estate 1819.
Welchman family, correspondence re property at Bishop's Itchington 1870, 1880-1883.
Plan of estate of Richard Greaves c1850.
W.I. Scrapbook 1965.
Ward collection drawings.

[Last updated: 18th March 2013 ]