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The Society publishes the results of our research and copies of these local history publications are made available.


The publications can be bought locally or are available direct from:

Stretton on Dunsmore
History Society
12 Squires Road,
Stretton on Dunsmore, Rugby
CV23 9HF

Telephone 024 7654 2703


Please enquire about overseas postal costs, members' discounts and discounts for bulk orders. An order form can be downloaded here for you to use.

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Stretton on Dunsmore:
the making of a Warwickshire Village

The definitive history of the village was published for the millennium. This is a must for those with connections to the village; it is fully illustrated and contains 167 pages of text, maps and photos.

Price £9.00 (£11.00 with UK postage).

Victorian Village Life:
a Warwickshire Schoolmaster's Record

This illustrated booklet gives a vivid account of 19th century life in an agricultural community, of interest to anyone with an 'Ag Lab' in their ancestry. It is based on the Stretton school logbooks.

Price £3.50 (£4 with UK postage).

Stretton on Dunsmore School Logbooks 1862-1906

This CD contains a complete electronic transcript of the Stretton School logbooks; it is fully indexed by surname to help the family historian, and also searchable by word or phrase for other research purposes.

Price £9.00 (£10 with UK postage).

Warwick County Asylum:
the first Reformatory outside London.

This illustrated booklet describes a unique reformatory that operated in Stretton from 1818-1856. It includes an index of around 200 identifiable inmates with details of interest to the family historian. (Please note that this is not the mental hospital of the same name at Hatton near Warwick).

Price £3.00 (£4.00 with UK postage).

Joseph Elkington:
Warwickshire's Land Drainage Pioneer'.

This illustrated booklet describes the life and work of this 18th century pioneer of agricultural drainage. He was born in Princethorpe, baptized in Stretton and his memorial still stands in Stretton churchyard; an informative plaque about him is displayed outside the Stretton village hall. His drainage method became famous nationally and the principles he discovered are still important today.

Price £3.50 (£4.50 with UK postage).

Brandon Silk Mill:
Ghosts of the 11th Green

This illustrated booklet describes the history of a local mill that was used for fulling cloth, making paper and throwing silk. Children from Stretton and other local villages worked there in the 19th Century. The booklet includes interesting details of child labour and the local silk industry.

Price £3.00 (£4.00 with UK postage).

Joseph Ashby's Victorian Warwickshire

A fascinating book about rural life in the late 19th century, based on newspaper articles written by this famous trade unionist. Includes many old photos of south-east Warwickshire. There are chapters on hunting, gypsies and mechanisation as well as the communities of: Bishops' Itchington, Broadwell, Burton Dassett, Churchover, Combroke, Dunchurch, Flecknoe, Gaydon, Harboro Magna, Kineton, Ladbroke, Leamington Hastings, Long Itchington, Monks Kirby, Oxhill, Pailton, Pillertons, Priors Hardwick, Radway, Ratley, Ryton, Sawbridge, Shugburgh, Southam, Stockton, Stretton on Dunsmore, Stretton under Fosse, Tysoe, Whatcote, Willey, Wolfhamcote and Wormleighton.

Price £9.95 (£12.00 with UK postage).
Before Gallipoli

Before Gallipoli:

The story of The 29th Division assembling in Warwickshire and North Oxfordshire before setting off for Gallipoli in 1915.


Price £9 (with postage £11)


Local Aspects of the Great War Volume 1

Local Aspects of the Great War

Volume 1:
Coventry & Warwickshire 1914-19


Price £9 (with postage £11)

Stretton on Dunsmore School Admission Register for 1874-1892

This is an indexed transcript of the Stretton school register includes details of interest to the family historian.


Price £1.00 (£2.00 with UK postage).

Stretton on Dunsmore: the Enclosure of a Warwickshire Village

This publication provides a comprehensive insight into the 17th/18th century process of enclosure by agreement through the detailed study and interpretation of an original 1704 vellum manuscript. The spiral bound edition includes a full diplomatic transcription of the original enclosure agreement, a cross-referenced modern interpretation and a detailed account of the research methodology employed.

Price £10.00 (£11.00 with UK postage).

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