The Parish Registers of St Giles Ickenham, Middlesex - Baptisms 1538 - 1877
For centuries the parish of Ickenham was remote from London and entirely rural in character with a very small population. Suddenly, in the inter-war period and especially after 1930 it was transformed into a typical outer London suburb by metropolitan expansion. Speculative house-building massively increased its population and totally altered the occupation structure of the employed population. As in so many other London suburbs the village core is still identifiable and this includes the parish church, which is dedicated to St Giles.
Parish registers date from 1538, the year in which Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s Vicar-General ordered parish priests to maintain a register of baptisms, marriages and burials. These early registers were on paper and Queen Elizabeth I later ordered that the entries from these perishable registers should be rewritten into parchment books. Unfortunately, the order was loosely drafted and many parishes copied the entries from the paper registers only as far back as 1558 (the year of the Queen’s accession) instead of 1538 as intended. Consequently only a tiny minority of parish registers have entries dating back to 1538, of which Ickenham is one.
Fully indexed. Transcribed by Hillingdon Family History Society
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Cat. No. PBN108