Walcot St Swithin, Somerset Genealogy
To see and print out a list of all Bath Abbey's associated and attached chapels, and ecclesiastical parishes, view "A Comprehensive List of Bath Abbey's Chapels and District Chapels".
WALCOT (St. Swithin), a parish, in the union of Bath, partly within the city of Bath, and partly in the hundred of Bath-Forum, E. division of Somerset. Church registers commence from 1691.
Walcot St Switihin is an Ancient Parish in the county of Somerset. Other places in the parish include: Lansdown, Soper's Farm, and Sion Hill.
From the noted topographer Samuel A. Lewis, here's a mid-19th century historical perpsective:
"WALCOT (St Swithin), a parish, in the union of Bath, partly within the city of Bath, and partly in the hundred of Bath-Forum, east division of Somerset; containing 26,210 inhabitants. The parish includes those parts of the city lying on the north, north-east, and north-west sides of the parish of Bath St Michael; also some handsome ranges of buildings on the declivities of Lansdown and Beacon hills."
The parochial church of St Swithin, Walcot, a spacious edifice within the liberty of Bath City, was rebuilt in 1780 [registers commence from 1691]. It held ecclesiastical jurisdiction over the following chapels:
- Kensington Chapel - 1795 (a district chapelry)
- St Mary's Chapel, Queen-square - 1735 (see also Bath Abbey)
- Walcot Avon Street Chapel - by 1825 (formerly a nonconformist chapel)
- Walcot All Saints, Lansdown Place - 1794
- Walcot Christ Church - 1798
- Walcot [Holy] Trinity Church, St James' Street - 1840 (a district chapel)
- Walcot St Stephen, Lansdown
- Walcot St Saviour - 1832
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.
Bath Civil Registration District has a complete index of civil registration from 1837-2007 online through the volunteer effort of Bath BMD,England Marriage registrations post 2007 are added as index become available. There are detailed content tables available.
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Somerset Online Parish Clerks
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Poor Law Unions
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.
Maps and Gazetteers
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- Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 432-436. Adapted. Date accessed: 15 March 2011.