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Before Rose’s Act in 1813, there was no consistency in the way church records were kept and the standard of record keeping varied enormously. An injunction by Thomas Cromwell in 1538, Vicar General to Henry VIII, required each church in England and Wales to enter christenings, weddings and burials in a register. Elaborate instructions were given for the register’s safe keeping. Parish registers were then accepted as legal documents as they were the only written evidence that could be produced especially in inheritance cases—to support the existence of a marriage or the legitimacy of a child. The first registers were of paper but an Act of 1598 ordered that the registers be copied into parchment books which were more durable and more expensive. The wording of this Act was unfortunate which stated that old registers were to be copied from the first year of Her Majesty’s reign. This provided an excuse to copy only from 1558 when Elizabeth I came to the throne.

During the Civil War many registers were not properly maintained. In 1733 the use of Latin in English and Welsh registers was discontinued. The Hardwicke’s Marriage Act introduced the use of proper marriage registers to prevent clandestine marriages. The Rose’s Act of 1813 required each parish to save separate registers for baptisms, marriages and burials.

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Baptisms 1560-1999

NAME

YEAR RANGE

ENTRIES

Smith

1564-1992

373

Price

1581-1965

171

Bowley

1620-1996

154

Maltby

1732-1933

128

Spencer

1560-1886

127

Marshall

1791-1985

105

Sharp(e)

1591-1956

103

Harrison

1769-1991

100

Redfern

1586-1859

99

Holland

1666-1969

85

Powdrill

1772-1997

81

Hallam

1566-1969

79

Hogg

1748-1996

75

Burrows

1561-1931

74

Bexon

1765-1994

74

Hemsley

1645-1872

71

Pepper

1671-1948

63

Dring

1784-1964

61

Shepherd

1562-1973

60

Dabell

1792-1997

59

Goddard

1811-1965

54

Carver

1765-1952

53

Burton

1764-1866

40

Woolley

1740-1995

37

Wheatley

1652-1855

37

Oliver

1602-1802

37

Taylor

1714-1988

36

Hall

1575-1967

34

Burials 1560-1999

NAME

YEAR RANGE

ENTRIES

Smith

1563-1997

265

Bowley

1649-1998

152

Price

1651-1989

130

Holland

1669-1970

117

Sharp(e)

1560-1982

111

Spencer

1566-1993

100

Maltby

1738-1900

100

Powdrill

1794-1996

80

Marshall

1592-1996

78

Hallam

1565-1959

74

Bexon

1578-1985

72

Hemsley

1659-1891

69

Harrison

1635-1970

65

Pepper

1667-1993

62

Redfern

1625-1836

60

Dabell

1826-1996

59

Shepperd

1632-1990

54

Hogg

1726-1917

53

Dring

1745-1900

51

Goddard

1813-1991

45

Carver

1762-1960

40

Taylor

1728-1997

38

Fletcher

1798-1986

36

Burrows

1583-1956

34

Oliver

1610-1839

30

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