Gilson was once an agricultural hamlet midway between Water Orton and Coleshill. It dates from the Anglo-Saxon period and is first documented in 1232 AD. It is now largely a residential area due to the nearby M42 motorway and the changes in British agriculture.
Additional..... The history of Gilson Hamlet can be traced to the original Roman settlement that was in evidence on the ridge between the crest of Grimstock Hill and Chattle Hill. While no accurate date can be ascertained for the establishment of this Roman outpost, it was firmly established enough for there to be a small Necropolis built over the river Cole on the south side of Grimstock Hill. Amateur archaeological finds point to this, as does the presence of a Romano-Celtic temple on the eastern slope of the same ridge.
The area encompassing this part of Coleshill town was a nexus point between the territories of three Celtic tribes: the Cornovii - the Dobunni and the Coritani and was used as a place where trade could take place between these tribes.
The Boudiccan Revolt of 65ad led to one of Coleshill's major archaeological finds when the Beggar's Well was relocated to make way for the by-pass that climbs over both hills. Workmen removing the original stone lining in preparation for sinking a new well to one side of the dual carriageway found a crock pot buried behind one of the sandstone blocks, breaking it open they found it was full of Roman and Romano-Celtic coins - not one of which had been minted after 63ad. The find was submitted to a coroners court in Warwick and was found to be treasure trove.
The 18th century Gilson Hall still exists and is the home of the Townshend family, famous for their dairy herds. They had relations who lived at Kingshurst Hall, until it was demolished.
Most of the houses in Gilson have house names rather than numbers, for example, Windy Nook
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