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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.

Mavesyn Ridware
Exterior view of the church
St Nicholas Church
Mavesyn Ridware is located in Staffordshire
Mavesyn Ridware
Mavesyn Ridware
Location within Staffordshire
Population1,128 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSK082169
Civil parish
  • Mavesyn Ridware
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townRUGELEY
Postcode districtWS15
Dialling code01543
AmbulanceWest Midlands
EU ParliamentWest 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
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.

The name "Mavesyn" derives from the French Malvoisin, which was the name of the Norman family which acquired the local estate after the Norman conquest of 1066. The church contains many monuments to members of that family, and to their successors as lords of the manor, the Cawardens and the Chadwicks.

The Gatehouse is timber framed with a later skin of brick and stone. Dendrochronology on the timbers indicates that the building was erected in 1391–92.


The village is not served by public transport, other than a minibus service to Handsacre or Rugeley, which must be booked in advance by phone or on the web.[3] The nearest railway station is at Rugeley (5 miles, 8 km).

Ridware has a bowls club and a youth club. There is a village hall for hire.[4]

Notable residentsEdit

  • Henry Fourdrinier (1766–1854), paper manufacturer and inventor, spent his last years at the Old Rectory.
  • Ashby Haslewood (1810–1876), first-class cricketer and educationalist, was rector of Mavesyn Ridware in 1866–77.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Names and codes for Administrative Geography". Office for National Statistics. 31 December 2008. Archived from the original on 3 April 2010. Retrieved 15 September 2009.
  3. ^ Parish Council site Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  4. ^ Parish Council site Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  5. ^ Alumni Cantabrigienses Retrieved 5 May 2017.

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