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This is about the history of the county Warwickshire situated in the English Midlands. Historically, bounded to the north-west by Staffordshire, by Leicestershire to the north-east, Northamptonshire to the east, Worcestershire to the west, Oxfordshire to the south and Gloucestershire to the south-west. Areas historically part of Warwickshire include Coventry, Solihull, Sutton Coldfield and a small area of central Birmingham including Aston and Edgbaston. These became part of the metropolitan county of West Midlands (Sutton Coldfield becoming part of Birmingham) following local government re-organisation in 1974 after the passage of the Local Government Act 1972.

Much of northwestern Warwickshire, including that area now forming part of Coventry, Solihull and Birmingham, was covered by the ancient Forest of Arden which was still the case at the time of the Domesday Book but much of which was later cut down to provide fuel for industrialisation. Thus the names of a number of places in the northwestern part of Warwickshire end with either the Old English "ley" or "leah" meaning a clearing in a forest or latterly the phrase "-in-Arden", such as Henley-in-Arden, Hampton-in-Arden and Tanworth-in-Arden. Even at the time of the Domeday Book the forested area has been calculated to be a quarter of the whole county or half of the northern area, the "Arden". The remaining southern area, not part of the forest, was called the Felden - from fielden. Historically, two towns dominate the county, Warwick, the county town and Coventry an important medieval city.


Prehistory, the period of human existence before the availability of those written records with which recorded history begins.

The Warwickshire area has almost certainly been inhabited since Prehistoric times, with the arrival of the first people half a million years ago during the Paleolithic or Old Stone Age. Small family groups roamed the thickly wooded landscape in search of food using simple stone tools such as hand-axes and scrapers. The total population of the area in those days may have been as low as 40. There is evidence of a temporary camp site at Waverley Wood Farm Pit, near Leamington Spa, whilst elsewhere, particularly in north Warwickshire, large numbers of hand-axes have been found suggesting repeated visits. This early phase came to an end with the onset of the Ice Age during which there is no evidence of a human presence in Warwickshire.

Human groups returned to the area around 10,500 years ago at the beginning of the Mesolithic period or Middle Stone Age. As the climate became warmer and the ice sheets retreated, the habitat changed and the forest was re-established. These people were hunter-gatherers who used bows and arrows and had domesticated dogs to help them in the chase. This period is characterised by the use of microliths, small delicately worked points set into arrowshafts. Other flint tools were used for working wood and bone and for cleaning skins. Some 20 sites are known in Warwickshire of which the most important is Blacklow Hill, near Warwick. Excavations here have revealed a substantial tool-making site. Other sites are known in the Avon valley and intensive fieldwork around Nuneaton has produced a large number of finds and evidence of several settlement sites.

Around 6,000 years ago the hunter-gatherer way of life was gradually being replaced by a simple farming economy, thus further modifying their habitat. These Neolithic or New Stone Age people raised sheep, pigs and cattle, and grew cereal crops. They used fire and stone axes to make clearings in the woodland where they could build farms and lay out fields. A flint arrowhead from this period has been recovered from Wolston.

The Bronze Age was a time of change, the scattered farming communities were coming together into tribal groups with powerful leaders. Metal was now in use and objects were being made out of copper and bronze. There are a number of weapons such as swords and spearheads cast in bronze found in Warwickshire. There is also evidence of people taking care of their appearance, two bronze razors have been recorded recently in South Warwickshire. Warwickshire being a rich agricultural area farming continued to expand and by 1500 BC much of the woodland had been cleared and settled.[8]

In the Iron Age, the area contained small farmsteads such as the settlement at Wasperton, near Warwick. The main building was a thatched round house where the family and some of the livestock lived and around it workshops, storehouses and stock pens. The whole settlement was surrounded by a deep ditch which kept out wild animals. During times of trouble the population may have taken refuge in one of a number of hillforts such as Meon Hill near Stratford or Oldbury near Nuneaton.[9] The remains of around twelve Iron Age hill forts have been found in the Warwickshire area.

Roman period

The reconstructed Roman Lunt Fort in Baginton near Coventry.For the first few decades following the Roman invasion of Britain in AD 43, the Warwickshire area found itself at the frontier of Roman rule. The Watling Street and Fosse Way Roman roads were constructed, the Fosse Way marking the western frontier of Roman rule in Britain for several decades. The area was heavily fortified during this period and several military settlements were founded to defend the roads. Ryknild Street was constructed across the Warwickshire area and a fort was established in what is now the grounds of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. The fort was built in about 48 AD by the Roman army as a base camp for its conquest of the Birmingham area and part of a network of forts across the Midlands linked by roads. It stood by Birmingham's earliest known road junction at the point where Icknield Street was met by Roman roads coming in from Droitwich and Penkridge. From here the road runs north to another fort over the county border into Staffordshire at Wall, Roman Etocetum near Lichfield.

Following the revolt in AD60/1 of the Iceni under their Queen Boudica most scholars have assumed that, after the burning of Colchester and London, Boudica followed Suetonius up Watling Street as he headed for his supply bases and lines of communication near to the milItary frontier. Suetonius offered battle in a strong defensive position described by Tacitus and many fruitless attempts have been made to be more precise regarding the site of the Battle of Watling Street, the last battle of Boudica. The historian, Dr Graham Webster has suggested it took place near Manduessedum ("the place of the war chariots"), modern day Mancetter and military finds of armour and military coinage relating to the 14th Legion, whom Tacitus records formed part of Suetonius' army, have been found in the region, giving weight to Webster's hypothesis.[ Another possible site put forward by Jack Lucas is the area east of Rugby, and whilst other theories exist for locations outside of Warwickshire, the exact location is unknown. After the defeat of the Iceni reinforcements were sent by the Romans from Germany and a great supply base was set up at a place called the Lunt in Baginton near Coventry which has the unique feature of a circular arena or gyrus for the breaking in of horses and which could have been a collecting point for Iceni horses after the battle.

Of Roman settlements in Warwickshire one of significant size was Alauna (modern day Alcester). Alcester was an important Roman settlement of around eighteen hectares laying bestride Ryknild Street in a loop of the River Arrow to the west of its confluence with the River Alne, underlying the modern town. Town defences have been confirmed only on the east side of the settlement's circuit, where they consist of a clay rampart dated to the "second century or later", fronted by a 2.75 metre wide wall which was probably not contemporary with the bank. There is also a suspected Roman fort around one kilometre to the south-east of the known Roman settlement located on Primrose Hill which overlooks both the confluence of the River Arrow with the River Alne and the junction of Ryknield Street with the road south from the Roman settlement at Salinae Droitwich Spa, known as the Salt Way after the main export from the area in Roman times. Items of bronze were recovered include a harness ring with a masked loop typical of those used by auxiliary cavalry. The earliest occupation date based on these findings appears to be Flavian. Other significant Roman settlements included Tripontium near Rugby and Manduessedum near Atherstone. The area around Manduessedum is known to have had an extensive pottery industry, which extended to near what is now Nuneaton, the remains of up to thirty pottery kilns having been found in this area.

Anglo-Saxon period

Kingdom of MerciaCovering the period from the fall of the Roman empire to the Norman invasion of 1066.

After the Romans left Britain in the 5th century, the Warwickshire area was settled by Anglo Saxon tribes becaming a part of the kingdom of Mercia. While its earliest boundaries will never be known, there is general agreement that the territory that was called "the first of the Mercians" in the Tribal Hidage covered much of south Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire and Northern Warwickshire.

Following the decline of the Mercian kingdom during the early 9th century, large parts of Mercia to the east of Warwickshire were ceded in 878 to Danish (Viking) invaders by King Alfred's Treaty of Wedmore with the Danish leader Guthrum. Watling Street, on the north-eastern edge of Warwickshire, became the boundary between the Danelaw (the kingdom of the Danes) to the east and the much reduced Mercia to the west. There was also a boundary with the kingdom of Wessex to the south.

Owing to its location at the frontier between two kingdoms, what is now Warwickshire needed to establish defences against the threat of Danish invasion. Between, 911 and 918 this task was undertaken by the "Lady of the Mercians"Ethelfleda, daughter of King Alfred, who was responsible for defences against the Danes at Tamworth (see Tamworth Castle) in 914 and the building of the first parts of Warwick Castle in 916.[23] Periodic fighting between Danes and Saxons occurred until the 11th century. The establishment of the burh by Ethelfleda in 914 and Warwick's subsequent status as a shire town must have given some impetus to economic development. The town was, at any rate, sufficiently important to have had one of the two royal mints set up in Warwickshire (the other was at Tamworth). Coins are first known to have been issued in the reign of Athelstan (925-39).[24] In the early 11th century, new internal boundaries within the Mercian kingdom were drawn and Warwickshire came into being as the lands administered from Warwick. The county was initially divided into ten hundreds, their names as given in the Domesday Book, were 'Berricestone', 'Bomelau', 'Coleshelle', 'Fernecumbe', 'Fexhole', 'Honesberie', 'Meretone', 'Patelau', 'Stanlei', and 'Tremelau', they were reduced to four in the 12th century and were named Barlichway, Hemlingford, Kineton or Kington, and Knightlow.[25] The first recorded use of the name Warwickshire being in the year 1001, named after Warwick (meaning "dwellings by the weir"). Warwickshire was invaded in 1016 during the Christmas period by Cnut as part of his ultimately successful invasion against Æthelred the Unready and his son Edmund Ironside, destroying Coventry and massacring the local saint, Osberg, virgin and martyr.

Middle Ages

From the Norman invasion of 1066 to the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.

The Norman conquest in 1066 brought with it the most active and notable period of military architecture resulting in the building of much of Warwick Castle and others at Kenilworth Maxstoke and Tamworth. Others existed at Anesley near Arley, Aston Cantlow, Baginton, Beaudesert, Bickenhill, Birmingham, Brandon, Brinklow, Caludon at Wyken near Coventry, Castle Bromwich, Coleshill, Fillongley, Fulbrooke, Hartshill, Rugby and Studley, but in many cases only the earthworks can now be seen.

Many of the main settlements of Warwickshire were established in the Middle Ages as market towns, including Birmingham, Bedworth, Nuneaton, Rugby and Stratford-upon-Avon amongst others.

The county was dominated throughout the medieval period by Coventry which became one of the most important cities in England and an important centre of wool and textiles trades. The city has held the title of episcopal see, Lichfield and Coventry, from the time of Earl Leofric early in the 11th century arising from the monastery he and his wife, Godiva, founded in 1043. Henry VI and his queen Margaret of Anjou made several visits to Coventry, and in 1451, as a mark of favour, Coventry and certain hamlets and villages adjacent became an entire and separate county, the County of the City of Coventry and the Bailiffs raised to the rank of Sheriffs. The Parliamentum Diabolicum assembled in Coventry in 1459 to pass bills of attainder for high treason against the Duke of York and other Yorkist nobles at the start of a new stage of the Wars of the Roses. The citizens remained loyal to Henry, and the Lancastrian cause, in his struggle with Edward IV and when Edward reached the city in 1470, the gates were closed against him. However, when Edward was safely seated on the throne, he withdrew the privileges of the city, only restoring them on payment of a fine of 500 marks.

Tudor and Stuart

From the accession of Henry VII in 1485 till the accession of the Hanoverian dynasty under George I in 1714.

Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned at Coventry in 1566, where she lodged in the house of the mayor and again in 1569 where she was confined in the Bull Inn.

The Gunpowder Plot of 1605 was a Warwickshire conspiracy. The conspirators' principal aim was to kill King James, however another important objective was the kidnapping of the King's daughter, third in the line of succession, Princess Elizabeth. Housed at Coombe Abbey near Coventry, the Princess lived only ten miles north of Warwick, convenient for the plotters, most of whom lived in the Midlands. Once the King and his Parliament were dead, the plotters intended to install Elizabeth on the English throne as a titular Queen. Robert Catesby, the prime mover in the conspiratory, was a Warwickshire man, born probably at Bushwood, near Lapworth and John Grant, whose house at Northbrook, Snitterfield, was the rendezvous and powder magazine of the conspirators, was of the gentry of the county. Other conspirators rented houses in the neighbourhood, Ambrose Rokewood rented Clopton House, near Stratford, Everard Digby, to whom the task of rousing the Catholic gentry of the Midlands was assigned rented Coughton Court the home of the Throckmortons under the guise of a "hunting party". The Wrights moved to Lapworth and the rooms in London were rented by Thomas Percy from Henry Ferrers whose home of Baddesley Clinton was in turn rented to the Vaux sisters, relatives of Catesby. After the discovery of the plot and the arrest of Guy Fawkes was known, the conspirators rode from London to Warwickshire, meeting Digby's hunting party at the Red Lion at Dunchurch to discuss their plans. The final flight took place on 6 November, the fugitives raided Warwick Castle for supplies and continued to Norbrook to collect weapons. From there they continued their journey to Huddington. Thomas Bates left the group and travelled to Coughton Court to deliver a letter from Catesby, to Father Garnet and the other priests, informing them of what had transpired, and asking for their help in raising an army. Garnet replied by begging Catesby and his followers to stop their "wicked actions", before himself fleeing. The closing events now take place out of Warwickshire as they continued on to Holbeche House on the border of Staffordshire where they were captured.

During the English Civil War in the 17th century the county was generally on the Parliamentarian side, Lord Brooke of Warwick Castle being one of the fiecest enemies of the king.The Battle of Edgehill (1642) was fought in Warwickshire, near the Oxfordshire border. Prince Rupert, who was in charge of the Royalist forces, marched his soldiers through Henley in Arden in 1643 on his way to Birmingham and pillaged the neighbourhood. Charles II was assisted in his escape following his defeat at the Battle of Worcester in 1651 by Jane Lane who, disguising the king as her man-servant accompanied him across the county, passing through Wooton Wawen, Stratford-upon-Avon and Long Marston.[33] The footpath the Monarch's Way commemorates the events and approximates the route of his escape where the modern landscape permits.

Modern period

From the accession of George I to the present day.

During the 18th and 19th centuries Warwickshire became one of Britain's foremost industrial counties. The coalfields of northern Warwickshire were amongst the most productive in the country, and greatly enhanced the industrial growth of Coventry and Birmingham. One notable exception was the town of Leamington Spa which grew from a small village to a medium sized town during the 19th century on the back of the fashionable spa water tourist movement of the time.

Warwickshire became a centre of the national canal system, with major arterial routes such as the Oxford Canal the Coventry Canal and later, what is now the Grand Union Canal being constructed through the county.

One of the first intercity railway lines: the London and Birmingham Railway ran through Warwickshire. And during the 19th century, the county developed a dense railway network.

Towns like Nuneaton, Bedworth, and Rugby also became industrialised. The siting of a major railway junction in the town was the key factor in the industrial growth of Rugby.

Towards the end of the 19th century Birmingham and Coventry had become large industrial cities in their own right, and so administrative boundaries had to change. In 1889 the administrative county of Warwickshire was created, and both Coventry and Birmingham became county boroughs which made them administratively separate from the rest of Warwickshire. Solihull later followed as a county borough. These boroughs remained part of the ceremonial county of Warwickshire, which expanded into Worcestershire and Staffordshire as Birmingham annexed surrounding villages.

This situation lasted until 1974, when the two cities were removed from Warwickshire altogether, and along with parts of Staffordshire and Worcestershire became a part of the new West Midlands metropolitan county. The remaining post-1974 county of Warwickshire was left with a rather odd shape, which looks as if a large chunk has been bitten out of it where Coventry and Birmingham used to be.

Lord Lieutenants of Warwickshire

This is an incomplete list of people who have served as Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire. Since 1728, all Lord Lieutenants have also been Custos Rotulorum of Warwickshire.

High Sheriffs of Warwickshire

The High Sheriff is the oldest secular office under the Crown. Formerly the High Sheriff was the principal law enforcement officer in the county but over the centuries most of the responsibilities associated with the post have been transferred elsewhere or are now defunct, so that its functions are now largely ceremonial. The High Sheriff changes every March.

For a period prior to the middle of the 16th century the High Sheriff of Warwickshire was also the High Sheriff of Leicestershire.

List of High Sheriffs of Warwickshire

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  • 1066 Alwin
  • 1070–1086: Robert d'Oilly[1][2]
  • 1086 William FitzCorbucion [1]
  • c.1121: Geoffrey de Clinton
  • 1125–1128: Hugh de Warelville [3]
  • 1129: Richard Basset with Aubrey de Vere II
  • 1154: Geoffrey Clinton
  • 1155–1156: Robert fitz Hugh
  • 1157: William de Beauchamp and Robert fitz Hardulph

From 1158 the High Sheriff of Warwickshire was also High Sheriff of Leicestershire

  • 1158: Bertram de Bulmer and Ralph Basset
  • 1159: Ralph Basset
  • 1160: William Basset
  • 1161: Robert fitz Geoffrey and William Basset
  • 1162: William Basset
  • 1163: Ranulf de Glanvill and William Basset
  • 1164–1168: William Basset of Sapcote
  • 1169-1178: Bertram de Verdon
  • 1179: Ranulf de Glanvill and Bertram de Verdon
  • 1180–1186: Ranulf de Glanvill
  • 1187–1189: Michael Belet
  • 1190: Hugh Nonant, Bishop of Coventry
  • 1191: Hugh Bardulf and Hugh Clarke[4]
  • 1192: Hugh Nonant, Gilbert de Segrave of Segrave and Reginald Basset (jointly)
  • 1193: Reginald Basset
  • 1194: Reginald Basset and Gilbert de Segrave
  • 1195: Reginald Basset, Gilbert de Segrave and William d'Aubigni
  • 1196: Reginald Basset
  • 1197: Reginald Basset, Gilbert de Segrave and William d'Aubigni
  • 1198: Robert Harecourt
  • 1199: Reginald Basset

13th century

  • 1200: Robert Harecourt
  • 1201: Robert Harecourt and Godfrey de Liege
  • 1202: William de Cantelupe and Robert Poyer
  • 1203: Robert Poyer
  • 1204–1207: Hugh Chaucomber
  • 1208–1209: Robert Roppest
  • 1210: William de Cantelupo and Robert Poyer
  • 1211–1215: Robert Poyer
  • 1217: William de Cantelupo and Philip Kniton
  • 1218–1219: Philip Kniton
  • 1220: William de Cantelupo and William de Luditon
  • 1221–1222: William de Luditon
  • 1223: John Russell and John Winterborne
  • 1224–1226: Robert Lupus
  • 1227: William Stutevill and William Ascellis
  • 1228: William Ascellis
  • 1229: Stephen de Segrave and William Edmonds [5]
  • 1230–1231: William Edmonds
  • 1232: Stephen de Segrave and John de Riparis
  • 1233: Ralph Bray
  • 1234: Ralph fitz Nicholas and Ralph Brewedon
  • 1235: Ralph and William Erleg.
  • 1236–1237: William de Lucy
  • 1238: Hugh Pollier and Philip Ascett
  • 1239–1246: Hugh Pollier
  • 1247–1248: Baldwin Paunton
  • 1249–1251: Philip Marmion
  • 1252–1255: William Maunsel
  • 1256: Alan Swinford
  • 1257–1258: Anketil Mativaus
  • 1259–1270: William Bagot
  • 1271: William Bagot and William Morteyn
  • 1272–1274: William Mortimer
  • 1275–1277: William Hamelin
  • 1278: Robert de Verdon and Thomas de Hasele
  • 1279-1283: Robert de Verdon and Osbert Bereford[6]
  • 1284–1285: Robert de Verdon and Osbert Bereford and Thomas Farendon
  • 1286: Thomas Farendon and Fulk de Lacy
  • 1287: Fulk de Lucy [6]
  • 1288–1289: William Bonvill
  • 1290–1291: Stephen Baber
  • 1292: Stephen Baber and William de Castello
  • 1293–1297: William de Castello [6]
  • 1298–1299: John Broughton

14th century

  • 1300-1301: Philip de Gayton [6]
  • 1302–1304: John le Dene and Richard Herehus[6]
  • 1305–1306: Richard Whitnere
  • 1307: John le Dene and Geoffrey Segrave
  • 1308–1309: Richard Herthull
  • 1310–1311: John le Dene
  • 1312–1313: John Olney
  • 1314–1315: William Trussell
  • 1316: Walter de Beauchamp [6]
  • 1317: Walter de Beauchamp and William Newill
  • 1318: Ralph Beler of Kettleby
  • 1319: William Nevill
  • 1320–1321: Thomas le Rous
  • 1322:
  • 1323–1325: Henry Nottingham, Robert Morin and Oliver Waleys
  • 1327: Roger Aylesbury
  • 1328: Thomas Blancfront
  • 1329: Robert Burdet
  • 1330: Robert Burdet and Roger de la Zouch
  • 1331–1332: Roger Aylesbury
  • 1333: Henry Hockley and Roger de la Zouch
  • 1334–1340: Roger de la Zouch
  • 1341: William Pieto
  • 1342: Robert Bereford
  • 1343–1344: John Waleys (son of Oliver, HS 1323)
  • 1345–1369: Thomas de Beauchamp, 11th Earl of Warwick
  • 1370: John Peach
  • 1371: William Catesby
  • 1372: Robert Harthull
  • 1373: Roger Hillary
  • 1374: John Boyvill
  • 1375: John Burdet
  • 1376: William Breton
  • 1377: Richard Harthull
  • 1377: Roger Perewych
  • 1378: John de Bermingham
  • 1379: William Flamvill
  • 1380: Thomas Ralegh
  • 1381: Thomas de Bermingham
  • 1382–1383: William Bagot
  • 1384: John de Bermingham
  • 1385: John Calveleigh
  • 1386: John Parker
  • 1387: Richard Ashby
  • 1388: William Flamvill
  • 1389: Adomar de Lichfield
  • 1390: Robert de Harington
  • 1391: John Malloery of Swinford
  • 1392: Thomas de Woodford of Sproxton
  • 1393: Thomas Ondeby
  • 1394: Robert Veer
  • 1395: Henry Nevill
  • 1396: Robert Goushul
  • 1397: John Eynesford
  • 1398: Adomar de Lichfield
  • 1399: Sir John Berkeley, Kt

15th century

  • 1400: Sir Henry Nevill, Kt
  • 1401: Sir Alured Trussell, Kt
  • 1402–1403: John Blaket
  • 1404: Sir John Berkley, Kt
  • 1405: Sir Thomas Lucy, Kt of Charlecote.[7]
  • 1406: John Parr
  • 1407: Sir Henry Nevill, Kt
  • 1408: William Brokesby
  • 1409: Robert Castell of Withinbroke
  • 1410: Bartholemew Brokesby
  • 1411:
  • 1412:
  • 1413: Thomas Crewe
  • 1414: Sir Richard Hastings, Kt
  • 1415: Sir Thomas Burdet, Kt
  • 1416: John Mallory
  • 1417: William Bishopton
  • 1418: John Salveyn
  • 1419: Bartholemew Brokesby
  • 1420: Thomas Ardington and Thomas Maureward
  • 1421:
  • 1422: Sir Richard Hastings, Kt
  • 1423: Humphrey Stafford
  • 1424: John Mallory
  • 1425: Richard Cloddale
  • 1426: Sir Richard Hastings, Kt
  • 1427: Thomas Stanley
  • 1428: William Peyto of Chesterton
  • 1429: Nicholas Rugeley
  • 1430: Humphrey Stafford
  • 1431: Sir William Mountford, Kt
  • 1432: Sir Richard Hastings, Kt
  • 1433: Thomas Foulshurst
  • 1434: Thomas Ardington
  • 1435: William Lucy
  • 1436: Sir William Peyto, Kt
  • 1437: Robert Ardern
  • 1438: Sir Humphrey Stafford, Kt
  • 1439: Sir Laurence Berkeley of Wymondham[8]
  • 1440: Thomas Ashby of Lowesford
  • 1441: William Mountford
  • 1442: William Bermingham and Lawrence Sherrard of Stapleford
  • 1443: Lawrence Sherrard [9]
  • 1444: Robert Harcourt of Bosworth
  • 1445: Sir Thomas Erdington, Kt of Barrow, Leics
  • 1446: Thomas Everingham
  • 1447: Thomas Porter and William Purefoy
  • 1448: William Purefoy
  • 1449: William Lucy
  • 1450: William Mountford
  • 1451: Sir Robert Motun, Kt
  • 1452: Sir William Bermingham, Kt
  • 1453: Sir Edward or Leonard Hastings
  • 1454: Thomas Berkeley of Wymondham[8]
  • 1455: William Hastings
  • 1456: Thomas Walsh of Wanlip, Leics
  • 1457: Thomas Maston
  • 1458: Henry Filongley of Filongley
  • 1459: Sir Edmund Mountford, Kt
  • 1460:
  • 1461: Thomas Ferrers
  • 1462–1463: John Grevill
  • 1464: Sir William Harcourt, Kt
  • 1465: John Huggford
  • 1466: Thomas Thockmorton of Coughton Court, Warwickshire [7]
  • 1467: Ralph Woodford of Knipton
  • 1468: Sir Edward Raleigh, Kt
  • 1469: Sir Thomas Ferrers, Kt
  • 1470: Sir John Grevill, Kt
  • 1471: Sir Simon Mountford, Kt
  • 1472: William Motun
  • 1473: John Huggford
  • 1474: Sir John Grevill, Kt
  • 1475: William Lucy
  • 1476: Sir William Trussell, Kt
  • 1477: John Branfitz
  • 1478: Sir John Grevill, Kt
  • 1479: Sir Thomas Pulteney of Misterton Hall, Leics[10]
  • 1480: Richard Boughton of Lauford, Warwickshire
  • 1481: Thomas Colesey or Cocksey
  • 1482: Sir Everard (or Edward) Fielding[11]
  • 1483: Thomas Entwysel
  • 1483: Humphrey Beaufort of Guys Cliff, Warwickshire
  • 1484: Richard Broughton and Robert Throgmorton
  • 1485: John Digby
  • 1486: Henry Lisle
  • 1487: Robert Throgmorton
  • 1488: Sir William Lucy, Kt
  • 1489: Thomas Brereton
  • 1490: Sir John Villiers Kt of Brokesby, Leics[12]
  • 1491: Robert Throgmorton
  • 1492: Sir Thomas Pulteney, Kt of Misterton Hall[10]
  • 1493: Sir Ralph Shirley
  • 1494: Sir John Villiers, Kt of Brokesby[12]
  • 1496: Sir Edward Raleigh, Kt
  • 1496: William Brookesby
  • 1497: Thomas Neville
  • 1498: Sir Richard Pudsey, Kt
  • 1499: Sir John Villiers, Kt of Brokesby[12]

16th century

  • 1500: Thomas Hasilrigg
  • 1501: Edward Belknap
  • 1502: Nicholas Mallory
  • 1503: Henry Lisle
  • 1504: Nicholas Brome
  • 1505: Sir Henry Willoughby
  • 1506: Sir Edward Raleigh
  • 1507: Thomas Trussel
  • 1508: William Skeffington of Skeffington
  • 1509: Simon Digby
  • 1510: Sir John Aston, Kt
  • 1511: Sir Maurice Berkeley
  • 1512: William Turpin
  • 1513: Sir Edward Ferrers, Kt
  • 1514: Sir John Digby, Kt
  • 1515: Sir William Skeffington of Skeffington
  • 1516: Sir Maurice Berkeley[13]
  • 1517: Simon Digby
  • 1518: Sir Edward Digby, Kt [9]
  • 1519: Sir Henry Willoughby, Kt
  • 1520: Edward (or Everard) Digby [9]
  • 1521: Sir William Skeffington of Skeffington
  • 1522: William Browne
  • 1523: Edward Conway
  • 1524: Sir Thomas Lucy, Kt
  • 1525: Sir Henry Willoughby, Kt
  • 1526: Sir George Throckmorton, Kt [7]
  • 1527: Sir Thomas Poulteney, Kt
  • 1528: Roger Ratcliffe
  • 1529: Richard Verney
  • 1530: Christopher Villiers of Burstal[12]
  • 1531: Sir John Villiers of Brokesby[12]
  • 1532: John Harington
  • 1533: John Audley
  • 1534: Reginald Digby
  • 1535: William Broughton [9]
  • 1536: Walter Smith
  • 1537: Sir John Villiers of Brokesby[12]
  • 1538: Thomas Nevill
  • 1539: John Digby of Ab Kettleby, Leicestershire
  • 1540: Richard Catesby
  • 1541: Roger Wigston of Wolston, Warks
  • 1542: Sir Fulke Greville [14]
  • 1543: Sir George Throgmorton, Kt [9]
  • 1544: Reginald Digby
  • 1545: Sir Richard Catesby, Kt
  • 1546: Francis Poulteney and William Leigh
  • 1547: Sir Fulke Greville [14]
  • 1548: Sir Ambrose Cave of Kingsbury Hall, Kingsbury
  • 1549: Sir Richard Manners of Garendon, Leics [15]
  • 1550: Sir Edward Hastings of Loughborough
  • 1550: Sir Edward Greville [9]
  • 1551: William Wigston
  • 1552: Sir Thomas Neville
  • 1553: Sir Robert Throckmorton of Coughton Court, Warwickshire[7]
  • 1554: Sir Thomas Hastings
  • 1555: Sir Edward Greville
  • 1556: Francis Shirley of Staunton Harold and Ettington [16]
  • 1557: Sir William (or Francis) Wigston
  • 1558: Brian Cave of Ingarsby[17]
  • 1559: Thomas Lucy
  • 1560: William Skeffington
  • 1561: Sir Thomas Neville, Kt
  • 1562: Sir Richard Verney, Kt
  • 1563: John Fisher
  • 1564: William Devereux
  • 1565: Sir George Turpin, Kt
  • 1566: Francis Smith
  • From 1567 the High Sheriff was High Sheriff of Warwickshire only
  • 1567: Robert Middlemore of Edgbaston
  • 1568: Basil Feilding of Newnham Paddox[18]
  • 1569: Simon Ardern
  • 1570: Henry Goodere of Polesworth Hall[19]
  • 1571: Sir Francis Shirley of Staunton Harold
  • 1572: Sir Fulke Greville of Beauchamp Court.[14]
  • 1573: Samuel Marow of Berkswell
  • 1574: Edward Arden
  • 1575: William Boughton of Newbold
  • 1576: Humphrey Ferrers
  • 1577: William Catesby
  • 1578: Thomas Lucy of Charlcote
  • 1578: William Feilding of Newnham Paddox[18]
  • 1579: Edward Boughton of Cawston[19]
  • 1580: George Digby of Coleshill[19]
  • 1581: Thomas Leigh of Stoneleigh
  • 1582: John Harington, 1st Baron Harington of Exton
  • 1583: Edward Holte of Aston
  • 1584: Sir Fulke Greville of Beauchamp Court [14]
  • 1585: Anthony Shuckburgh of Shuckburgh Hall[20]
  • 1586: Thomas Daubrigcourt of Solihull
  • 1587: Humphrey Ferrers
  • 1588: William Fielding
  • 1589: William Boughton of Newbold
  • 1590: Richard Verney[21]
  • 1591: William Leigh
  • 1592: Ralph Hubaud of Ipsley Court
  • 1593; Edward Devereux of Castle Bromwich Hall[7]
  • 1594: Edward Greville
  • 1595: Thomas Leigh
  • 1596: Robert Burgoyne of Wroxall Priory[22]
  • 1597: Cle. Fisher of Packington
  • 1598: Samuel Marowe
  • 1599: Sir Thomas Holte of Aston

17th century

  • 1600: Thomas Lucy
  • 1601: Robert Burdett
  • 1602: William Peyto
  • 1603: Bartholemew Hales
  • 1604: Sir Richard Verney [21]
  • 1605: Thomas Beaufo
  • 1606: Edward Boughton
  • 1607: William Combe
  • 1608: Andrew Archer of Umberslade Hall[23]
  • 1609: William Somervile
  • 1610: Basil Feilding of Newnham Paddox[18]
  • 1611: Thomas Lucy
  • 1612: Cle. Throgmorton of Hasley
  • 1613: John Reppington
  • 1614: Sir John Ferrers
  • 1615: William Combe
  • 1616: Walter Devereux
  • 1617: John Shuckburgh of Shuckburgh Hall[20]
  • 1618: Francis Leigh of Newnham Regis
  • 1619: Robert Lee
  • 1620: Sir Thomas Temple, 1st Baronet, of Stowe, Buckinghamshire
  • 1621: William Noell
  • 1622: John Huebaud
  • 1623: Sir Thomas Puckering, 1st Baronet of Priory House, Warwick
  • 1624: Sir Hercules Underhill of Idlecote House[24]
  • 1625: John Newdigate
  • 1626: Sir Simon Archer of Umberslade Hall[23]
  • 1627: Robert Fisher
  • 1628: George Devereux
  • 1629: Roger Burgoyne of Wroxall Priory[22]
  • 1630: William Purefoy
  • 1631: William Boughton of Lawford Hall (later Sir William Boughton, 1st Bt)[7]
  • 1632: Thomas Lucy
  • 1633: Simon Clerke
  • 1634: Richard Murden
  • 1635: Sir Greville Verney
  • 1636: Sir Thomas Leigh, 1st Baronet of Stoneleigh [25]
  • 1638: Sir Edward Underhill of Idlecote House[24]
  • 1637: John Lisle
  • 1638: George Warner of Wolston
  • 1639: Edward Ferrers of Baddesley Clinton
  • 1641: Sir Isaac Astley of Hill Morton.[7]
  • Civil War
  • 1647: Richard Lucy
  • 1647: Sir Greville Verney
  • 1651: Richard Somervile of Edson [26]
  • 1652: Ralph Bovey, later Sir Ralph Bovey, 1st Baronet of Hillfields.[7]
  • 1654: John Danvers [27]
  • 1659: Sir Robert Holte, 2nd Baronet of Aston Hall
  • 1660: Sir Edward Boughton,2nd Bt of Lawford Hall.[7]
  • 1666: Charles Bentley [28]
  • 1669: Robert Dryden, 3rd Baronet [7]
  • 1670: Francis Willoughby [29]
  • 1673: Andrews died - replaced by Nicholas Overbury [30]
  • 1675: Edward Hinton [31]
  • 1676: Henry Ferrers of Baddesley Clinton
  • 1677: Thomas Coton of Coton [32]
  • 1678: Thomas Marriott [33]
  • 1683: Richard Verney, Baron Verney
  • 1687: Sir Charles Shuckburgh, 2nd Baronet of Shuckburgh Hall[20]
  • 1688: Sir Reginald Forster of Loxley Hall near Stratford upon Avon[34]
  • 1689: Sir William Boughton, 4th Bt of Lawford Hall.[7]
  • 1697: Samuel Wilkinson

18th century

  • 1714: William Bolton [35]
  • 1716: Sir William Dixwell Bt. of Coton House,Churchover.
  • 1719: John Radborne [36]
  • 1720: Sir Edward Boughton, 5th Bt of Lawford Hall.[7]
  • 1724: John Marriott [37]
  • 1726: Waldive Willington [38]
  • 1727: William Fielding [39]
  • 1730: John Ward [40]
  • 1731: Richard Symonds of Woolbey [41]
  • 1732: Thomas Price [42]
  • 1734: William Bumpstead [43]
  • 1737: Charles Palmer of Ladbrooke [44]
  • 1741: William Wright [45]
  • 1748: Sir Edward Boughton, 6th Baronet of Lawford Hall[7]
  • 1758: William Dilk, of Maxtock Castle [46]
  • 1768: John Partheriche of Clopton House, Stratford on Avon[47]
  • 1769: Sir Charles Shuckburgh, 5th Baronet of Shuckburgh Hall[20]
  • 1769: George Lucy of Charlecote.[7]
  • 1773: Willam Grove of Honiley[48]
  • 1781: John Webb [49]
  • 1782: Rowland Farmer Okeover [50]
  • 1783: John Neale [51]
  • 1785: Joseph Boultbee, of Baxterley [52]
  • 1786: John Taylor [53]
  • 1787: Thomas Mason [54]
  • 1788: W. Elliot [55]
  • 1789: Thomas Ward, of Moreton Morrell [56]
  • 1790: Henry Clay [57]
  • 1791: Charles Palmer [58]
  • 1792: Joseph Oughton [59]
  • 1796: Edward Croxall [40]
  • 1798: Robert Harvey Mallery of Woodcot [60]

19th century

  • 1800:
  • 1801: John Stanton of Kenilworth [61]
  • 1802:
  • 1804: Roger Vaughton of Sutton Coldfield [62]
  • 1805: Francis Parrot of Bedworth [63]
  • 1806: George Lloyd of Welcombe House, Stratford upon Avon.[64]
  • 1808: John Fullarton, of Barton on the Heath [65]
  • 1810: James West of Arlescote [66]
  • 1811:
  • 1813:Evelyn Shirley[67]
  • 1814:
  • 1816: William Holbech of Farnborough[68]
  • 1817:
  • 1820: Christopher Roberts Wren of Wroxall Abbey[22]
  • 1821:
  • 1822: Matthew Wise, of Leamington Priors [69]
  • 1823: Edward Willes of Newbold Comyn [70]
  • 1824: Robert Middleton Atty of Snitterfield [71]
  • 1825: Chandos Leigh, of Stoneleigh Abbey[72]
  • 1826: Lionel Place of Weddington Hall
  • 1827: William Dilke of Maxtock Castle [73]
  • 1828: Sir George Chetwynd of Brocton Hall.[7]
  • 1829: James Watt of Aston Hall[74]
  • 1830: Edward Bolton King, of Umberslade[75]
  • 1831: George Hammond Lucy, of Charlecote[76]
  • 1832: Edmund Meysey Wigley Greswolde, of Malvern Hall was initially appointed[77] but was replaced by John Gamaliel Lloyd, of Welcombe House[64][78]
  • 1833: Sir John Mordaunt, 9th Baronet, of Walton[79]
  • 1834: Francis Lyttleton Holyoake-Goodricke, of Studley Castle[80]
  • 1835: Hon. Charles Bertie Percy, of Guy's Cliff[81]
  • 1836: Henry Cadwallader Adams, of Ansty was initially appointed,[82] but was replaced by Henry Thomas Chamberlayne, of Stoney Thorpe[83]
  • 1837: Henry Cadwallader Adams, of Ansty[84]
  • 1838: Samuel Jones-Loyd, of Wolvey[85]
  • 1839: Sir Francis Lawley, 7th Baronet, of Middleton Hall[86]
  • 1840: Dempster Heming, of Caldecote Hall[87]
  • 1841: Kelynge Greenway, of Warwick[88]
  • 1842: John Little, of Newbold Pacey Hall[89]
  • 1843: Arthur Francis Gregory, of Stivichall Hall [90]
  • 1844: Sir Francis Shuckburgh, 8th Baronet, of Shuckburgh[91]
  • 1845: James Roberts West, of Alscote[92]
  • 1846: Charles Thomas Warde, of Clopton House[47][93]
  • 1847: George Whieldon, of Springfield House[94]
  • 1848: Thomas Dilke, of Maxstoke Castle[95]
  • 1849: Sir Theophilus Biddulph, 6th Baronet, of Birdingbury Hall, Rugby[96]
  • 1850: Darwin Galton, of Edstone Hall, Wootton Wawen[97]
  • 1851: Mark Philips of Welcombe House, Stratford upon Avon
  • 1852: Sir John Newdigate Ludford Chetwode of Ansley Hall
  • 1853: Sir William Edmund Cradock-Hartopp Bt of Four Oaks Hall, Sutton Coldfield[98]
  • 1854: William Charles Alston of Elmdon[99]
  • 1855: Chandos Wren-Hoskyns of Wroxall Abbey[100]
  • 1856: Sir Peter Van Notten Pole Bt of Todenham House, Gloucestershire[101]
  • 1857: Henry Spencer Lucy of Charlecote House[102]
  • 1858: Owen Pell of Radford Semele, near Leamington Spa [103]
  • 1859: Sir George Richard Philips Bt, of Weston House, Shipston-on-Stour
  • 1860: Henry James Sheldon of Brailes House[104]
  • 1861: Richard Greaves of The Cliff, Warwick[105]
  • 1862: Hon. Charles Lennox Butler of Coton House, Churchover, Rugby[106]
  • 1863: Charles Marriot Caldecott of Holbrook Grange, Rugby[107]
  • 1864: James Beech of Brandon[108]
  • 1865: Henry Townshend Boultbee of Springfield[109]
  • 1866: Sir Robert Hamilton, 6th Baronet, KCB, of Avon Cliffe, Stratford-upon-Avon[110]
  • 1867: Evelyn Philip Shirley of Eatington Park[111]
  • 1868: James Dugdale of Wroxall Abbey[22]
  • 1869: Edward Wood of Newbold Revel[112]
  • 1870: Charles Fetherston Dilke of Maxstoke Castle[113]
  • 1871: John Thomas Arkwright of Hatton House [114]
  • 1872: Thomas Lloyd of The Priory, Warwick[115]
  • 1873: Sir Frederick Pell KCMG of Hampton in Arden[116]
  • 1874: Edward Allesley Boughton Ward Boughton Leigh of Brownsover Hall[117]
  • 1875: Sir George Chetwynd, 4th Baronet, of Grendon Hall, Atherstone
  • 1876: William Stratford Dugdale of Merevale Hall[118]
  • 1877: Edward Petre of Whitley Abbey[119]
  • 1878: James Cove Jones of Loxley[120]
  • 1879: Sir Charles Mordaunt Bt of Walton Hall, near Wellesbourne[121]
  • 1880: Charles Rowland Palmer-Morewood of Ladbroke Hall[122]
  • 1881: Sir Arthur Hodgson, KCMG of Clopton House near Stratford upon Avon
  • 1882: Charles William Paulet of Wellesbourne House[123]
  • 1883: Thomas Aloysius Perry of Bitham House, Avon Dassett[124]
  • 1884: William Charles Alston of Elmdon Hall[125]
  • 1885: Henry Chance, of Sherborne House, Warwick
  • 1886: James Darlington of Bourton Hall, Rugby[126]
  • 1887: Thomas Henry Goodwin Newton of Barrells Park, Henley in Arden[127]
  • 1888: John Jaffray of Park Grove House, Bristol Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham[128]
  • 1889: J. Yeamans Robins, of West Hill, Leamington
  • 1890: Rowland John Beech, of Brandon Hall, Coventry
  • 1891: George Beard of Thickthorn, Kenilworth[129]
  • 1892: Henry Cunliffe Shawe, of Weddington Hall, Nuneaton
  • 1893: Henry Fisher, of Moxhull Hall, near Erdmgton,[130]
  • 1894: C. A. Smith-Ryland, of Barford Hall, Warwick
  • 1895: Henry Cunliffe Shawe, of Weddington Hall, Nuneaton
  • 1896: Joshua Hirst Wheatley, of Berkswell Hall, Berkswell
  • 1897: Howard Proctor Ryland, of Moxhull Hall, Erdington [131]
  • 1898: Michael H. Lakin, of Warwick
  • 1899: Morton Peto Lucas, of Leamington
  • Francis Seddon Bolton of Ashfield, Edbaston, Birmingham ((1828-1909) - Obituary, Daily Post 10th Nov 1909)

20th century

  • 1901: Henry Leigh Townshend, of Caldecote Hall, Nuneaton[132]
  • 1902: Frederick Ernest Muntz, of Umberslade Hall, Birmingham
  • 1903: Arthur Lucas Chance, of Great Alne House, Alcester
  • 1904: Thomas Arthur Motion of Chadshunt, near Kineton[133]
  • 1905: Henry Herbert Coldwell Horsfall, of Penns Hall, Sutton Coldfield[134]
  • 1906: Sir William Jaffray of Skilts, near Studley[135]
  • 1907: James B. Dugdale, of Wroxall Abbey, Warwick
  • 1908: Albert Cay of Woodside, Kenilworth[136]
  • 1909: Frederick James Shaw of Bourton Hall, near Rugby
  • 1910: Lord Algernon Malcolm Arthur Percy, of Guys Cliffe, Warwick
  • 1911: William Francis Stratford Dugdale, FSA, of Merevale Hall, Atherstone
  • 1912: Sir Walter Newton Fisher, of Lawnfield, Edgbaston, Birmingham
  • 1913: Captain Sir Francis Ernest Waller, 4th Baronet
  • 1914: Colonel William FitzThomas Wyley
  • 1915: Thomas Owen Lloyd of The Priory, Warwick[137]
  • 1916: John Arthur James of Coton House, Churchover[138]
  • 1917: Andrew Richard Motion of Upton House, Banbury[139]
  • 1918: George Frederick Jackson of Springfield House, Knowle[140]
  • 1919: Hon. Edmund William Parker of Westfield House, near Rugby[141]
  • 1920: James Rollason of Hampton Manor, Hampton in Arden[142]
  • 1921: Sir Gerald Francis Stewkley Shuckburgh Bt of Shuckburgh Hall[143]
  • 1922: Colonel Herbert Hall Mullinger of Clifton Court, Rugby[144]
  • 1923: Ludford Charles Docker of Alveston Leys, near Stratford on Avon[145]
  • 1924: Robert Darley Guiness of Wootton Hall, Warwickshire, Wootton Wawen[146]
  • 1925: Lt Col. James Henry Coldwell-Horsfall of Northumberland House, Leamington Spa[147]
  • 1926: Charles Ivor Phipson Smith-Ryland of Barford Hill.[148]
  • 1927: John Alfred Watson of Chadwick Manor, Knowle.[149]
  • 1928: Capt. Gerald Douglas E. Muntz, DL, JP of Umberslade Hall
  • 1929: Major A. W. Huntington of Wellesbourne House.[150]
  • 1930: Brig.-Gen. E. A. Wiggin, DSO of Greys Mallory, near Warwick.[151]
  • 1931: Geoffrey Bird of Blythe Hall, Widney Manor.[152]
  • 1932: John Davenport Siddeley, CBE FRAeS of Crackley Hall, Kenilworth[153]
  • 1933: Sir Charles Hyde, Baronet, OBE of The Moat, Berkswell[154]
  • 1934: Lt. Colonel Charles Joshua Hirst Wheatley of Berkswell Hall[155]
  • 1935: Captn. Harold Stanley Cayzer of Dunchurch Lodge[156]
  • 1936: Frank Noel Horton of Idlicote House, Shipston on Stour[157]
  • 1937: Sir Samuel Hanson Rowbotham Kt. of Brooke Hill, Isle of Wight[158]
  • 1938: Graham Baron Ash of Packwood House, Hockley Heath[159]
  • 1939: Sir Frederick Charles Maitland Freake Bt. of the Old Manor House, Halford[160]
  • 1940: Sir John Bedford Burman Kt of Tibbington House, Edgbaston[161]
  • 1941: Lt.-Col. Graham Beauchamp Coxeter Rees Mogg of Clifford Manor[162]
  • 1942: Colonel Sir Charles Richard Henry Wiggin, 3rd Baronet, of Honington Hall, Shipston-on-Stour
  • 1943: Captain Oliver Bird, MC of The Chase, Bentley Heath, Knowle[163]
  • 1944: Lt Col Cyril Davenport Siddeley of Crackley Hall, Kenilworth[164]
  • 1945: Sir Harry Vincent Kt. of Priory Dene, Edgbaston.[165]
  • 1946: Sir Ernest Robert Canning, JP, DL, of The Grey House, Handsworth
  • 1947: Robert Grosvenor Perry of Barton House, Moreton in Marsh.[166]
  • 1948: Kenneth Macomb Chance of Radford Manor, near Leamington Spa.[167]
  • 1949: Philip Stanley Rendall of Bridge House, Hunningham[168]
  • 1950: Colonel Reginald John Cash, CBE MC TD, of Walcote, Blackdown, Leamington Spa[169]
  • 1951: Walford Hollier Turner, JP, of Holmwood, Somerset Road, Edgbaston[170]
  • 1952: Sir Edward William Salt, of Avon Hurst, Tiddington, Stratford-upon-Avon
  • 1953: Lt.-Col. Gerard Thomas S. Horton, MC
  • 1954: Brigadier Ralph Charles Matthews of Toft House, Dunchurch, near Rugby [171]
  • 1955: George Tom Mills of Park House, Park Hill, Kenilworth[172]
  • 1956: Major George Frederick D. Wade, CBE
  • 1957: Lt.-Col. George John Walford Turner, MC, TD, JP, DL, of Westfield Road, Edgbaston
  • 1958: John Charles Burman, DL, JP, of Packwood Hall, Hockley Heath, Solihull
  • 1959: Major John Walter Mills of Kenilworth Road, Coventry [173]
  • 1960: Edward George Walpole-Brown of Halford Manor, Shipston-on-Stour [174]
  • 1961: John Ludford Docker of Alveston Hill Farm near Stratford upon Avon[175]
  • 1962: Lieut.-Colonel John Bernard Challen of Kington Grange, Claverdon, Warwick [176]
  • 1963: Arthur Chamberlain, of Wellington Road, Edgbaston
  • 1964: William Michael Maddocks of Kenilworth Road, Coventry [177]
  • 1965: Sir Charles Gerald Stewkley Shuckburgh, 12th Baronet, TD, of Shuckburgh Hall, Daventry
  • 1966: Victor William Oubridge, of Wasperton House, Warwick [178]
  • 1967: Charles Mortimer Tollemache Smith-Ryland, of Sherbourne Park, Warwick
  • 1968: Frederick Devereux Muntz, of The Leasowes, Tanworth-in-Arden
  • 1969: Hugh Kenrick, MA, of Farquhar Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham
  • 1970: Captain Francis Humphrey Maurice FitzRoy Newdegate, of Arbury Hall, Nuneaton
  • 1971: Captain Sir William Stratford Dugdale, 2nd Baronet, MC, JP, DL, of Blyth Hall, Coleshill
  • 1972: Eric Lionel Claridge, O.B.E. of Valleyfields,Offchurch, near Leamington Spa.[179]
  • 1973: Captain J. W. Alston-Roberts-West, of Alscot Park, Stratford-upon-Avon
  • 1974: Captain Charles B. Fetherston-Dilke of Maxstoke Castle.
  • 1975: Barry Gillitt
  • 1976: Major Sir John H. Wiggin, MC, Baronet of Honington Hall, Shipston on Stour.
  • 1977: Major Rupert B. Kettle
  • 1978: The Hon. Henry Anthony Feilding of The Manor House, Pailton, Rugby [180]
  • 1979: George Ludford Docker of Alveston Hill, near Stratford upon Avon[181]
  • 1980: Joseph Fitzwilliam Carvell, of Oak Grange, Leamington Spa.[182]
  • 1981: Dennis Lowndes Flower, of Ilmington Manor, Shipston-on-Stour [183]
  • 1982: Martin Dunne, of Chadshunt, Kineton [184]
  • 1983: Robert Peter Richard Iliffe
  • 1984: Hamish L. Gray-Cheape
  • 1985: James Lionel Malin Graham of Gable House, Offchurch, Leamington Spa [185]
  • 1986: Christopher B. Holman
  • 1987: Patrick Robert Doyne, of Woodlands, Idlicote, Shipston-on-Stour.[186]
  • 1988: Miss Elizabeth Creak
  • 1989: David Colin Rutherford, of the Old Rectory, Ladbroke, Leamington Spa [187]
  • 1990: John Davenport Siddeley Ainscow
  • 1991: Major Richard Patrick Gordon Dill
  • 1992: Major Bristow Charles Bovill
  • 1993: Donald Charles Wasdell
  • 1994: Henry David Warriner
  • 1995: Stephen Geoffrey Evans
  • 1996: Major John Waddington Oakes
  • 1997: The Hon. Lady Butler
  • 1998: David John Barnes, Kington Grange, Claverdon [188]
  • 1999: Michael C. Fetherston-Dilke of Maxstoke Castle.

21st century

  • 2000-2001: John S. Hammon
  • 2001-2002: Sarah Holman
  • 2002-2003: William Matthew Stratford Dugdale
  • 2003-2004: Roger V. Wiglesworth
  • 2004-2005: Gwendoline M. Jefferson
  • 2005-2006: Balraj Singh Dhesi
  • 2006-2007: Jeremy Martin Pragnell[189]
  • 2007–2008: Andrew John Arkwright[190]
  • 2008–2009: Anna March Trye
  • 2009–2010: Lady Kilmain [191]
  • 2010–2011: Richard Michael Hardy
  • 2011-2012: Tim Cox
  • 2012-2013: Robert Waley-Cohen
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