Births, Marriages and Deaths in Wivenhoe
Transcriptions of the registers from 1560 from Wivenhoe St. Mary the Virgin Parish Church
Research by Helen Barrell
Please note that Helen Barrell is only part way through this massive project and has transcribed these records only up to approximately the year 1850. For more exact dates, please below. Notes:
- Mothers’ maiden names appear in the register from 1617-1626.
- There is a gap in the early marriages register. Marriages run from 1560-1623, then from 1648 onwards. There is a gap 1683-4, then 1686-1687, then 1690-91.
- Gap in early burials – only one burial for 1587, and none at all for 1588. Burials stop at July 1682, there is one burial recorded in 1686, and three in December 1688.
- In the 1500s and 1600s, the number of burials each year is around thirty, but in 1603, this number nearly triples – 94 people were buried in Wivenhoe that year, and deaths in 1604 were unusually high too. Clearly, some form of contagious disease hit the village, but there is no note in the register to say what it might have been, although we do know that plague hit London in 1603, beginning in June. Burials increase in Wivenhoe from August, which suggests the disease spread up from London in the space of a few months. This article on the plague in Colchester, from 1579-1666 (from the Colchester Archaeological Trust Online Report Library) is worth reading, although it doesn’t mention Wivenhoe.
- The churchyard was closed for burials in 1859. Please contact Wivenhoe Town Council for a look-up for burials after that date, which took place in the Old and New Cemeteries. There is a fee for this service, which presumably goes towards the maintenance of the cemeteries.
- Helen Barrell
- 1566-1610: 943 baptisms (282KB – PDF)
- 1611-1650: 1,171 baptisms (309KB – PDF)
- 1651-1689: 1,184 baptisms/births (246KB – PDF)
- 1689-1720: 920 baptisms (245KB – PDF)
- 1721-1751: 989 baptisms (260KB – PDF)
- 1752-1781: 940 baptisms (254KB – PDF)
- 1782-1812: 1,017 baptisms (266KB – PDF)
- 1813-1828: 826 baptisms (279KB – PDF)
- 1829-1844: 788 baptisms (267KB – PDF)
- 1844 (continued from July) onwards to follow
- 1560-1609: 1,014 burials (237KB – PDF)
- 1610-1649: 1,044 burials (236KB – PDF)
- 1650-1688: 1,160 burials (265KB – PDF)
- 1691-1720: 1,118 burials (254KB – PDF)
- 1721-1751: 1,188 burials (261KB – PDF)
- 1752-1781: 904 burials (208KB – PDF)
- 1782-1812: 814 burials (170KB – PDF)
- 1813-1859: 1,228 burials (254KB – PDF)
- Alphabetically by groom surname: 664 marriages (184KB – PDF)
- Alphabetically by bride surname: 664 marriages (185KB – PDF)
Note: Groom abodes and marital status in groom list only, and brides vice versa.
- Alphabetically by groom surname: 384 marriages (133KB – PDF)
- Alphabetically by bride surname: 384 marriages (133KB – PDF)
1754 – 1812
- Alphabetically by groom surname: 258 marriages (107KB)
- Alphabetically by bride surname: 258 marriages (107KB)
- To follow