Vowchurch Records

The parish registers date from 1768 and are continuous to the present day. Some of the early ones are difficult to read, and there are periods with few entries. Microfilm copies may be viewed at the Herefordshire Archive and Records Centre.

Bishop's transcripts of the registers begin a century earlier at 1670. The early entries are in Latin, and again of varying legibility.

Work is well advanced on transcribing both the above. Although incomplete, we can carry out specific searches of the database in return for a donation, contact the webmaster with details of your request.

Monumental inscriptions in the church and churchyard were transcribed in 1984. Many older monuments in the church were destroyed during Victorian restorations, but a transcript of some at least was made in 1841. A further survey was carried out in 1900. The churchyard stones are in a variable state, many older ones being badly damaged or illegible. Considerable disruption occurred in the 1980s when many stones were laid face down flat, almost certainly not in their original locations. A recent project, which is almost complete, has sought to cross-check the 1984 transcript, lift and transcribe the face-down stones where possible, add in new burials, and incorporate information on lost monuments from the 1841 and 1900 surveys. These data have all been incorporated in a single listing, indexed and cross referenced where possible to the burial register. This is now available for purchase price £5 (plus postage). Contact the webmaster to obtain a copy; can also be ordered online.

A list of incumbents at Vowchurch from 1560 to the present is available, and also a list of churchwardens from 1691-1768.

A transcript of the Tithe Apportionment for Vowchurch in 1845 is available, with a listing of all landowners and tenants in the parish - click here for more details.

For information on the armorial shields in St Bartholomew's church, please click here.

If you have any information to supplement these data, please let the webmaster know.