Historical Records

Our church has a range of original, transcribed, and translated (from Latin) records dating back almost five centuries. That’s a history spanning about 20 human generations, and they show the deep and enduring connection between local people and the church.

These records are very useful if you are studying local history and genealogy, but until now they have been difficult to access. Copies of some records are available to view if you visit the church, but that’s not ideal if you cannot reach the church in person. Also, that’s only part of what we have available.

We’ve added almost 2000 records so far. We plan to add many more soon.

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Church Maps

These are exterior and interior maps for use with headstone and memorial records.

St. Modwen’s Headstones

These are headstones marking graves in St.Modwen’s churchyard.

You can also find details of some (not all) graves at Find a Grave.

St. Modwen’s Old Churchyard

This is a part of the churchyard that is now The Memorial Park. We have records of those graves, which we are preparing to put online.


Holy Trinity Headstones

These are headstones (not graves) moved from the demolished Holy Trinity Church.

Parish Records

Records for birth, marriage, and burial at St.Modwen’s church, 1538 to 1686. These records are from almost 500 years ago.

Interior Memorials

These are memorials inside the church.
Records in this section are currently being added.


We have made efforts to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information made available here, but make no guarantees. Transcription, typo, conversion and technical errors can occur. If you find what looks like an error, let us know so we can investigate.