Fownhope with Fawley, Herefordshire Genealogy

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Guide to Fownhope with Fawley, Herefordshire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Fownhope with Fawley, Herefordshire
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Fownhope St Mary, Herefordshire
Type England Jurisdictions
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Greytree
County Herefordshire, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Hereford
Registration District Hereford
Records begin
Parish registers: 1560; Separate registers exist for Fawleye beginning 1539
Bishop's Transcripts: 1661
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Ross
Diocese Hereford
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop of Hereford (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Herefordshire Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

FOWNHOPE (St. Mary), a parish, in the hundred of Greytree, union and county of Hereford, 6 miles (S. E.) from Hereford. The village is situated on the eastern bank of the Wye, the road from Hereford to Newent passing through it. The church, a large and wellbuilt edifice, exhibits traces of the Norman, early English, and decorated styles; a Norman tower supports a more recent shingled spire of considerable elevation. There is a chapel of ease at Fawley. About half a mile to the north of the village is an eminence crowned by an ancient camp; and at some distance, on Capler Hill, is a second camp, double trenched, and called Woldbury. [1]

Fownhope is a village and civil parish in Herefordshire which includes the ancient chapel of ease of Fawley Chapel Gazetteer transcription by Colin Hinson and Woldbury.

Fownhope St Mary is an Ancient Parish and includes Fawley chapel within the parish boundaries.Fownhope St Mary

The church of St Mary dates from the 12th century and was restored in 1881; designated a grade I listed building By English Heritage British Listed Building It is one of the larger church buildings in Herefordshire.

See Fownhope wikipedia

Baptist and Plymouth Brethren churches were within the civil parish.

The church of St John the Baptist, Fawley Chapel Fawley Chapel St John the Baptist was formed within the Fownhope Ancient Parish and registers commence as early as 1539, but mostly from 1854.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

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.

Church records[edit | edit source]

Fownhope with Fawley parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

FS BTs = England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898 (FamilySearch) - free
FS = FamilySearch - free
FMP = Herefordshire Baptisms, Marriages, Burials (FindMyPast) - ($)
NBI = National Burial Index (FindMyPast) - free
IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[2]
FS Catalog PRs = FamilySearch Catalog Parish registers - free
FS Catalog BTs = FamilySearch Catalog Bishop's transcripts - free
Fownhope with Fawley Online Parish Records
Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS BTs 1583-1898
FS 1538-1975
FMP 1538-1935


FS Catalog PRs

FS Catalog BTs

To find the names of the neighboring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851 Map. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.

The Herefordshire Archive and Records Centre houses many parish registers. See The records we hold for a list of records available there. How to contact them:

Herefordshire Archive and Records Centre
Fir Tree Lane
Hereford HR2 6LA
Telephone: +44 (0)1432 260750
Website: Herefordshire Archive and Records Centre

Census records[edit | edit source]

Census returns for Fownhope 1841-1891

FamilySearch Records includes collections of census indexes which can be searched online for free. In addition FamilySearch Centres offer free access to images of the England and Wales Census through theFamily History Center Portalpage which gives free access to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions.

Category:England Family History Centres to locate local Family History Centres in UK

Introduction to Family History Centers to locate outside UK.

Many archives and local history collections in public libraries in England and Wales offer online census searches and also hold microfilm or fiche census returns.

Images of the census for 1841-1891 can be viewed in census collections at Ancestry (fee payable) or Find My Past (fee payable)

The 1851 census of England and Wales attempted to identify religious places of worship in addition to the household survey census returns.

Ancestry UK Census Collection

Find my Past census search 1841-1901

Poor Law Unions[edit | edit source]

Hereford Poor Law Union, Herefordshire Genealogy

Probate records[edit | edit source]

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Herefordshire 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[edit | edit source]

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Websites[edit | edit source]

Contributor: add any relevant sites that aren’t mentioned above.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 255-259. Accessed and adapted 2 July 2013.