The Churchwardens Presentments 1662 offer a unique insight into problems after the Restoration. A4, 49 pages.
These are answers to a questionnaire sent to each parish prior to the Bishop's Visitation, when churchwardens or other parishioners were required to cover a wide range of business, and they are an important source for both local and family historians. They show the effect of the civil war on the fabric and ornaments of the church and the lives of ordinary people. However, perhaps the most interesting aspect of the presentments lies in the evidence of nonconformity, and here may be clues to explain the limitations of parish registers.
The transcriptions are published in four volumes covering 208 parishes and listing 2023 names.
Volume 2: All Cannings, Alton Barnes, Atworth, Avebury, Beechingstoke, Bradford, Bremhill, Broad Hinton, Bromham, Broughton Gifford, Bulkington (Keevil), Calston Wellingon, Chalfield, Charlton (near Pewsey), Chirton alias Cherrington, Cleeve, Compton Bassett, Devizes St Mary, East Coulston, East Kennet, Edington, Enford, Erlestoke, Etchilhampton, Fittleton, Fyfield, Great Cheverell, Heddington, Highway, Hilmarton, Hilperton, Holt, Imber, Keevil, Lavington Epi (West), Lavington Forum (Market), Limpley Stoke, Little Cheverell, Lyneham, Marden, Melksham, Monkton Farleigh, North Bradley, North Newnton, Nunton, Overton, Patney, Potterne, Poulshot, Rowde, Rushall, Seend, Semington & Littleton, South Wraxall, St John's & St Mary's Devizes, St John's Devizes, Stanton St Bernard, Staverton, Steeple Ashton, Stert, Tockenham Wick, Trowbridge, Upavon, Urchfont, Westwood, Whaddon, Wilsford & Mannington Bohane, Wingfield, Winsley, Winterbourne Bassett, Winterbourne Monkton, Woodborough, Wootton Bassett, Yatesbury.
This publication is presented in a public domain format (pdf) file which can be read by the program Adobe Acrobat Reader or any other program that will read pdf files.
Searching can be undertaken by using the built in Adobe Reader search facility. Windows users can use bookmarks to drill down to individual index entries or to the nearest year for events in the transcripts. For Apple Mac users the file should open in Preview. Click the View button and select Table of Contents.
The file can be copied, printed and notes added, but cannot be changed.
As with any publication with transcribed or extracted data users are advised to consult the original material, which is at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre – www.wshc.eu.
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