Family History

In addition to the probate project, the Heritage Centre is a fantastic resource for family historians. Kept in the centre, and freely available to everyone, there are:

1. Census records 1841-1901
2. Memorial register, including graveyard plan from 1600 onwards
3. Burial register 1878 onwards
4. Baptism register 1904-1994
5. A selection of local wills
6. Family trees and histories of the Bourne, Barrantyne, Bryon and Peachey families
7. History of Sarsden House and its owners 1086-1994
8. History of Hastings House
9. Selected items concerning the Barter family

If you are unable to visit the centre during opening hours, do please contact us on either 01608 658603 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange a visit.

From Our Guest Book

  • "What a lovely treat to stumble upon. Thank you for preserving a part of our Heritage"

  • "Lovely spot, so grateful this part of the old church was saved."

  • "Great building, well restored. Charming!"

  • "A fascinating visit. William Smith was a wonderful man! "

  • "A fascinating display in a very beautiful setting."

  • "Beautiful setting, very peaceful & informative"

  • "Congratulations to all on this initiative.  So well-organised and user-friendly."

  • "A little gem I didn't know existed."

  • "Fantastic, absolutely first class. Most interesting and informative."

  • "Why haven't we been here earlier? We shall certainly return!"

  • "Excellent to have this centre as a focus for Churchill's history - especially in relation to William Smith."

  • "Very good new interactive displays, very comprehensive."

  • "A fine chance discovery"

  • "Such a wonderful enterprise. The locality should be proud of it."

  • "Beautiful restoration, very nicely done! Unexpected hive of information."