Henstridge Parish & Family Records
Births & Deaths
We do not currently have any Birth, Baptism or Death parish register details online, although we would like to in due course.
We currently have online records for Henstridge Parish marriages from April 1605 to April 1754. These were kindly transcribed by Patricia Westwood, and we are grateful for her assistance in making these records available.
Gravestones and inscriptions
In 1997 Sir Mervyn Medlycott Bt published a 19 page pamphlet on "Monumental Inscriptions of Henstridge, Somerset". This records St Nicholas graveyard inscriptions collated from both observation and earlier source materials. This work is of particular importance, as although the exact position of each stone is not recorded, the inscription details are vital for research as many stones have become illegible or lost over the years.
In 2009 local historian Caroline Rowland published "Lest We Forget: Henstridge, a Somerset Village and the First World War". Focussing on World War I, the book describes changes in the village in the context of the overall War campaign. It is a goldmine of information on Henstridge families during this period, and is the source for the regimental details provided in our Parish War Memorial results using the search form above.
In 2010 a graveyard survey of St Nicholas Church was undertaken by local student Rachel Napper as part of her foundation degree in History, Heritage and Archaeology. Time constraints restricted this survey to the northern end of the churchyard, towards Church Street, and Rachel photographed the gravestones and listed their inscriptions to the extent that they were legible. These are displayed with any search results above. Rachel also generously made available her degree essay for the benefit of the community and other interested parties, as a PDF file.
Other burial grounds
Sir Mervyn Medlycott also recorded 10 memorials in the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, which were destroyed soon afterwards when the Chapel was converted into a house. Sir Mervyn has kindly allowed us to include these records online. We also have details (as of 1999) of gravestones at the former Congregational Church, which is also in the High Street. This Church has also been converted to a private home but the burial ground remains intact in the front garden.
Family name searches will also show names referenced in items in the Church, including Church incumbents and the Roll of Honour for each World War. We also include names listed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Copyright remains with the CWGC, and this material is made available for personal use only.