Baldwin's parish registers begin in 1546 and, in addition to the
official entries, there are several interesting notes added by the
rectors. Some examples follow.
Dale was borne as he sayed in the 2nd yeare of Q. Elizabeth, ob
July 12 1658 old about 98 years.
Spire of Wakelands was as shee sayes about 8 or 9 yeares old at the
greate Earthquake 1570. She was buryed June 27 1655 beang about 94
3rd 1587 Joan Cooper was buryed being 100 years old.
Richard Balder of Cuxham did payson himself with Rats Bane and was
buryed between Brightwell and Cuxham a little from Brightwell Cross
(in unconsecrated ground).
son an infant of a wandering body was buried Dec 24 1633.
Baker a Poore wandering woman was buried 1642.
Stephen White tooke his death by a fall into his well. a poore man.
Joshua ye son of Frances Smith (the wife of Richard Smith a coachman)
and ye supposed bastard of John Atkins whom she married when big with
this child (her husband being alive who drove a coach to and from
Stoney Stratford) was born ye 6th and baptised ye 16th July.
Thomas Didcock died by his own hand on the 10th. Pronounced by the
Jury on the Coroner's Inquest a Lunatic. buried in the churchyard
on Nov. 13th.
is interesting to note that both Sir John Carleton in 1637, and
the rector, William Paul, who was also Bishop of Oxford, in 1665,
were buried by night.
the 29th March 1762 the wife of John Smith gave birth to a boy and
on 31st March his twin sister was born. John Smith was over 84 years
the 18th century some children were 'half-baptised' privately and
at a later date were received into ye congregation of Christ's
1825-71; 1892-1913; 1978-9
Parish registers deposited at
St Lukes Church, Temple Road, Cowley, Oxford OX4 2EN
01865 815 203
1696; 1721-4; 1727-33; 1735-6; 1738-43; 1745-51; 1755-76; 1778-88; 1790-2;
1795; 1798-1805; 1807-71
above also available at Oxford Parish Archives at the above address