Mancetter St Peter church
The village is 1 mile south east of Atherstone. Hartshill and Oldbury are within the parish, the former being now virtually a suburb of Nuneaton. Oldbury lies approximately 2 miles south of the centre of Atherstone and is a scatter of properties with no village.
Mancetter existed in Roman Britain from about AD50 as Manduessedum, meaning the place of the chariots. Some modern history scholars now believe that Mancetter could have been the site of Boudica’s battle against the Roman army led by Suetonius in around AD61.
Mancetter is not mentioned in the Domesday Book.
The timber-framed manor house was built in 1330, but has been altered over the centuries. It was the home of the martyr Robert Glover. Glover, and fellow resident Joyce Lewis were burned at the stake for their Protestant beliefs during the time of queen Mary I.
Mancetter ancient parish originally included the township and borough of Atherstone, along with the hamlets of Hartshill and Oldbury. St Peters church was founded in 930 although the earliest parts of the present building date from the 13th century.
The name Oldbury derives from the Saxon name 'Ealdbury' meaning old fortified place. This refers to an Iron Age fort which once stood on the hill. Oldbury Hall was built in the 18th century on the site of the fort.
Oldbury was a civil parish from 1866, but not an indepedent ecclesiastical one.
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