NO MANS HEATH

LOCATION: 

No Mans Heath is included here because in earlier times this extra parochial area was at the junction of the counties of Warwickshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Leicestershire. NNWFHS has deemed the ecclesiastical parish is outside its remit.

CHURCH: 

St Mary the Virgin (closed 2009).  Gravestones are adjacent to the unused church building (2011).

HISTORY: 

No Man's Heath was open heathland prior to enclosure.  It is believed the first cottages were little more than huts erected by squatters at the beginning of the 19th century.  The church was built in 1863 by subscription, and the ecclesiastical parish was created in 1873 from the extra parochial area called No Man's Heath with the later addition of part of Newton Regis.The Heath was once a place of much lawless activity and was particularly popular for illegal cockfights. If the law keepers appeared from one county the law breakers would slip into another.  “The Four Counties” public house stood on the junction of Warwickshire with Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Leicestershire and it is known that when the authorities arrived at the front, many would climb out of a window at the back. 

The hamlet is currently combined for local government administrative purposes with the villages of Seckington and Newton Regis.  No Man's Heath is currently within the local administrative area of North Warwickshire.

In 2012 we became aware that the church copy of the marriage register for 1875-1967 was missing and an appeal for information was placed on this website.  As a result, the individual holding the missing register allowed a third party to provide access; this enabled NNWFHS to transcribe the details.  As a result, in 2014 a CD is to be launched containing transcriptions of the full set of registers for the church which was closed in 2006.  The CD includes baptism and burial registers now held at Stafford Record Office along with the full set of marriage records.  In addition, the memorial inscriptions have been recorded and are included.  The CD will be the only source of the full set of registers, which include people from places adjoining or near to No Mans Heath. 

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