Newbury Wesleyan Methodist Circuit, baptisms 1796-1852

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The Eureka Partnership (2012) 40pp, A5, softback.

The Newbury Wesleyan Methodist Circuit was formed in 1796. A physical plan of 1854/56 reveals that the circuit included places of worship at sixteen parishes in Berkshire and 5 parishes in Hampshire. This volume contains a transcription of the baptism entries found in circuit registers for the period 1796 to 1852.

The entries for 1796 to 1823 are for those baptisms recorded in the Wesleyan Chapel in Northbrook Street, Newbury, and gives the name(s) of the child and the parents together with the place of residence.

Between 1823 and 1837 the entries are from the registers held by the Newbury Circuit. These entries give the useful additional information of the names of the mother's parents.

From 1838 the entries revert to a simple statement of the child's name(s), the parent’s names and the place of residence.

The booklet concludes with a useful index of names.

Eureka has published other transcriptions for the Newbury Wesleyan Methodist Circuit and this volume complements the existing publications.

Members with nonconformist interests in the Newbury district will find this new volume a useful tool.

Ivan Dickason.

Lists the baptisms within the Wesleyan Methodist Circuit, formed in 1796, showing places of worship at Boxford, Brightwalton, Chaddleworth, Chieveley, East Ilsley, Halfway, Hampstead Norris, Inkpen, Kintbury, Leckhampstead, Newbury, Shefford, Stockcross, Thatcham, Winterbourne and World's End, all in Berkshire, and also Ashford Hill, Baughurst, East Woodhay, Faccombe and Kingsclere in Hampshire. In some but not all, date of birth, place of baptism and occupation of the child's father is given. Section RG4/2691 is a list of baptisms in water – especially useful to those researching ancestors, as extra information on the mother's maiden name and that of her parents is included. Dates for this section are April 1823 to 1837. Fully indexed.

Mary Smith

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