Mavesyn Ridware

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Mavesyn Ridware
Exterior view of the church
St Nicholas Church
Mavesyn Ridware is located in Staffordshire
Mavesyn Ridware
Mavesyn Ridware
Mavesyn Ridware shown within Staffordshire
Population 1,128 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference SK082169
Civil parish
  • Mavesyn Ridware
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town RUGELEY
Postcode district WS15
Dialling code 01543
Police Staffordshire
Fire Staffordshire
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°45′00″N 1°52′56″W / 52.749992°N 1.882105°W / 52.749992; -1.882105Coordinates: 52°45′00″N 1°52′56″W / 52.749992°N 1.882105°W / 52.749992; -1.882105

Mavesyn Ridware is a small village and civil parish[2] in Lichfield District, Staffordshire, England. The parish also includes the villages of Hill Ridware, Rake End, Pipe Ridware and Blithbury, all of which lie between the River Trent and a small tributary, the River Blithe. Adjacent to the east is the parish of Hamstall Ridware; to the south is the much larger village of Armitage.

Drawing, believed to be of Mavesyn Ridware mill, 1873 or 1874, by Henry Harris Lines

Mavesyn Ridware contains two notable buildings: the parish church dedicated to St Nicholas and the Gatehouse of the former ancient Manor House. "Mavesyn" is derived from the French Malvoisin which was the name of the Norman family who acquired the local estate following the Norman conquest of 1066. The Church contains many monuments to members of this family and to their successors the Cawardens and the Chadwicks. The gatehouse is timber framed with a later brick and stone skin. Dendrochronology on the timber indicates that the building was erected in 1391/2.

Notable resident[edit]

  • Henry Fourdrinier, (1766-1854), paper manufacturer and inventor, spent his last years at the Old Rectory.


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "Names and codes for Administrative Geography". Office for National Statistics. 31 December 2008. Retrieved 15 September 2009. 

External links[edit]

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