Parish Records

These records were copied, sometimes from the fiche, sometimes from the original but not all have been checked thoroughly. I was working quickly and in some instances have kept the records quite basic, omitting perhaps witnesses names or whether a marriage was by Banns or Licence and in particular there is an inconsistency in regard to my method of recording the date of the event. The records are searchable however, and fairly logical , e.g. B = Butleigh and BW = Butleigh Wootton in the 'place of birth/origin'.

The records for 1578-1713 have some serious gaps, mainly due to the Civil War period and the fact that John Radford, vicar from 1677 – 1714, didn't keep a single record. The first Parish Register (1578-1653) also has water damage to the bottom of the pages making up to six entries per page illegible. Some of the latter gaps have been filled by entries found in Dwelly's BT transcriptions of 1913 and others I have read from the present surviving Bishop's Transcripts.

Some forenames need re-checking but there are mistakes in the Registers and sometimes a forename or family name is practically illegible. I am constantly correcting these records as I discover mistakesplease inform me if you have something different.

In the post-1837 period for BMDs I have added the PRO reference where possible to facilitate searchers acquiring copies of the certificates. Should you find any errors here then please let me know and I would be grateful for any information those certificates contain being added to the information on this site e.g. actual dates of Christening and death, names of parents, maiden names of mothers if not known to me, causes of deaths and addresses – contact me at the above address.