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

Do please contact us on either 01608 658603 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any queries you might have.

From Our Guest Book

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

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

  • "Great building, well restored. Charming!"

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

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

  • "Beautiful setting, very peaceful & informative"

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • "A fine chance discovery"

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

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