Banwell, Somerset Genealogy
BANWELL, a village, a parish, and a subdistrict, in the district of Axbridge, Somerset. The village stands under Banwell Hill, at the NW extremity of the Mendip range, 3 miles SE of the Bristol and Exeter railway, and 4 NNW of Axbridge.
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a summary overview of the history of this parish.
Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.
Church records are the main source for identifying people prior to 1837 when civil registration began. It is also a main source after 1837 in conjunction with civil registration. The Church of England was formed in 1536, after King Henry VIII severed all ties to the church in Rome. Each local parish was responsible to register all marriages, baptisms and burials starting in 1538  .
Wesleyan mentioned in these records is Methodist denomination.
Church Vital Records
- Births, baptisms for Banwell (Wesleyan), 1796-1837
- Births, baptisms for Banwell (Wesleyan), 1838-1897
- Births, Births and Christenings of Banwell,(Wesleyan), A thru Z 1796-1837
- christenings for Banwell (Wesleyan), 1796-1837
- Churchwardens' accounts for Banwell, 1516-1848 (includes rate list for repairing the church and Vestry minutes)
- Churchwardens' accounts for Banwell, 1848-1867 (includes rate list for repairing the church and Vestry minutes)
- Includes a list and "description of the persons desirous of emigrating from the parish of Banwell ... to Quebec", 1837; 1857
- list of parish apprentices for Banwell, 1684-1834
- Chapel accounts, 1784-1864
- Quarterly and trustees minutes for Banwell (Wesleyan), 1861-1904 Circuit accounts for Banwell(Wesleyan), 1836-1872
Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.
- Court records for the manor of Banwell, 1760-1852
- Court records for the manors of Banwell, 1697-1855
Poor Law Union
The Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834 placed the responsibility for the care of the poor in England and Wales, from 1834 onward, on Poor Law Unions. The Poor Law Unions and their workhouses took over this responsibility from the Church of England parishes. Prior to 1834 a few parishes or collections of parishes had established a few workhouses to help relieve the poor and provide indoor relief in the form of food, clothes and shelter.
Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Somerset Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.
In 1692 the British government instituted another innovative scheme to increase revenue which came to be known as the land tax .
Maps and Gazetteers
Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.
- Wilson, John Marius, st=Banwell Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales(1870-72)
- England Church Records
- England and Wales Poor Law
- Land Tax Assessment Records