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

Wacton, Herefordshire
Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Broxash
County Herefordshire
Poor Law Union Bromyard
Registration District Bromyard
Records begin
Parish registers: 1660
Bishop's Transcripts: 1660
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Frome
Diocese Hereford
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop of Hereford (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Herefordshire Record Office

Parish History

WACTON, a parish, in the union of Bromyard, hundred of Broxash, county of Hereford, 3½ miles (N. W. by W.) from Bromyard. It comprises by measurement 970 acres, of which 350 are arable, 552 meadow and pasture, 56 in hop plantations, and 12 woodland. The church is a very ancient edifice, with about 50 or 60 sittings. [1]

Wacton was united with Bredenbury, Herefordshire in 1875.

The church of St Andrew was built as a new replacemnt for the ancient medieval church at Bredenbury and for the ruined church at Wacton and the church opened in 1877. Designed by T H Wyatt and reusing stone from the two predecessor sites on land given by William Henry Barneby of nearby Bredenbury Court. See Herefordshire Churches Bredenbury with Brendon Bishop & Wacton

The church of St Andrew has been designated as a grade II listed building British listed building

The village and civil parish of Bredenbury and the united benefice are described in Bredenbury Wikipedia The village and civil parish of Wactoon are described in Wacton Wikipedia


Civil Registration

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

Census records

Census returns for Wacton 1841-1891

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

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Poor Law Unions

Bromyard Poor Law Union,Herefordshire

Probate records

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.

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  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 429-432. Accessed and adapted 28 May, 2013.

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