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Books on the History of Bere

Regis & its Families

The   definitive   book   on   the   history   of   Bere   Regis   was   written   in   1978   by   Fred   Pitfield   -   you   can   order   it   by   sending   a   cheque   for   £20 made payable to John Pitfield at POBox 342, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 7HR or email  him for more info A   Guide   Book   for   Bere   Regis   was   written   by   John   Pitfield   in   2011.   Its   170   pages   have   a   wealth   of   Photographs   and   information about   the   history   of   the   Village.   The   Book   is   £20   and   can   be   bought   at   the   Post   Office,   or   ordered   for   an   extra   £5   P&P.   You   can contact John by email  for more info. Bere   Regis   Names   was   written   by   John   Pitfield   in   2014.   It   contains   collected   family   information   of   about   1,000   surnames   recorded   in all   the   Bere   Regis   parish   records.   Histories   on   some   names   stretch   from   1370   to   1939.   The   Book   is   £20   and   can   be   bought   at   the Post   Office,   or   ordered   for   an   extra   £5   P&P.   You   can   contact   John   by   email    for   more   info,   read   about   all   the   Surnames   ending   in   H by clicking the image or read on below for an introduction to the book from the Author... "The   ready   accessibility   of   the   Bere   Regis   parish   registers   of   1585   to   1786   after   initial   publication   in   2007   has   made   the   early   tracking   of   many family   histories   much   easier.   The   many   examples   of   phonetic-spelling   does   make   those   records   confusing   in   some   instances,   so   this   book separates   all   the   surnames   and   puts   those   records   in   chronological   order   with   the   indexing   of   BAP,   MAR   and   BUR   representing   baptism,   marriage and   burial   to   show   the   closeness   of   some   of   those   events.   In   addition   to   those   register   entries   I   have   added   other   information   from   other   parish records   to   help   those   researching   their   family   names   so   that   the   researcher   can   see   what   else   their   family   ancestors   were   doing   in   the   earliest centuries of written records. The   Book   contains   the   collected   family   information   of   about   one   thousand   surnames   recorded   in   all   the   parish   records   that   I   could   find   for   Bere Regis.   What   is   NOT   in   this   book   are   the   parish   registers   after   1786   as   these   have   not   been   transcribed   in   full   by   anyone   to   my   knowledge....   yet. That treat is left to the individual researcher, especially as the more recent histories could be regarded as "private". The   earliest   written   records   for   Bere   Regis   are   probably   of   about   1370   as   far   as   individual   people's   names   are   concerned.   This   means   that   for some   family   names   there   might   be   over   500   years   of   information   presented   here,   as   I   have   run   some   names   right   up   to   1939.   Several   surnames, especially of land-owners, go back much further. In   the   course   of   this   extensive   study,   I   have   to   admit   to   having   found   some   names   that   are   undoubtedly   wonderful.   I   suppose   that   they   are   my favourites:   Rodigine   Elrudge,   Mellyer   Hellyer,   Joseph   Joseph,   Page   Savage,   Gabriel   Shitler,   Penticost   Skutt,   Theophilus   Snell,   Siberia   Snook, Julius   Squibb,   Thomas   Thomas,   Hercules   Trewe,   Plucknett   Tutty   and   Shadrach   Whittle.   Who   would   not   be   proud   to   have   any   one   of   those   as   an ancestor! The   list   of   sources   is   shown   below   but   the   core   of   this   information   is   the   parish   registers   of   baptisms,   marriages   and   burials   joined   together chronologically   for   each   surname.   Phonetic   spelling   is   not   just   a   thing   of   the   past;   recently   a   letter   landed   on   my   doormat   where   the   line   Bere   Regis was spelled "Bear Regions"! Good luck with finding your own name, and don't forget you can also trace your maternal ancestors too!" John Pitfield May 2014 Sources used for this Book - Bere Regis Vicars List (c.1370 onward) Henry VIII Muster Roll (1542) Bere Regis Parish Registers (Baptisms/Marriages/Burials) (1585-1786) Names of Churchwardens (1607-1740) Churchwardens Accounts (1607-1740) Payments for Vermin Heads (1612-1736) Church Rates Lists (1614-1738) Oath of Allegiance to the Church of England (1641-42) Hearth Tax Return (1662-64) Churchyard Rosta (17th to 19th century) Tenure List of Drax properties (1773-77) Trade Directories - Bere Regis sections (1830-1939) Occupier List & Map (1844) Dorset Surname Origins (Proceedings of DNHAS Vol.19 (1897)) A great Photographic history of Bere Regis was written by John Pitfield & Rodney Legg. You can look at it and order it by clicking here Local   Villager   John   England   has   written   a   book   on   the   Wells,   Pumps   &   Boreholes   of   Bere   Regis.   Over   250   Wells   are   recorded   with over   100   Photographs   to   illustrate.   The   book   is   only   £10   and   can   be   bought   direct   from      the   village   Post   Office   -   a   big   thank   you   to   Gillian   &   Kevin Coetzee. Christopher   Dalton   wrote   a   book   all   about   Church   Bells   in   Dorset   called,   "The   Bells   and   Belfries   of   Dorset".   It   covers   the   Bells   & Belfry of St. John the Baptist Church here in the Village. You can look at it and order it by clicking here
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Books on the History of Bere Regis & its Families

The   definitive   book   on   the   history   of   Bere   Regis   was written   in   1978   by   Fred   Pitfield   -   you   can   order   it   by sending   a   cheque   for   £20   made   payable   to   John   Pitfield at   POBox   342,   Wareham,   Dorset,   BH20   7HR   or   email   him for more info A    Guide    Book    for    Bere    Regis    was    written    by    John Pitfield    in    2011.    Its    170    pages    have    a    wealth    of Photographs   and   information   about   the   history   of   the Village.   The   Book   is   £20   and   can   be   bought   at   the   Post Office,   or   ordered   for   an   extra   £5   P&P.   You   can   contact John by email  for more info. Bere   Regis   Names   was   written   by   John   Pitfield   in   2014.   It   contains collected   family   information   of   about   1,000   surnames recorded   in   all   the   Bere   Regis   parish   records.   Histories on   some   names   stretch   from   1370   to   1939. The   Book   is £20   and   can   be   bought   at   the   Post   Office,   or   ordered for   an   extra   £5   P&P.   You   can   contact   John   by   email    for more   info,   read   about   all   the   Surnames   ending   in   H   by clicking   the   image   or   read   on   below   for   an   introduction   to   the   book from the Author... "The   ready   accessibility   of   the   Bere   Regis   parish   registers   of   1585   to 1786   after   initial   publication   in   2007   has   made   the   early   tracking   of many   family   histories   much   easier.   The   many   examples   of   phonetic- spelling   does   make   those   records   confusing   in   some   instances,   so   this book     separates     all     the     surnames     and     puts     those     records     in chronological    order    with    the    indexing    of    BAP,    MAR    and    BUR representing   baptism,   marriage   and   burial   to   show   the   closeness   of some   of   those   events.   In   addition   to   those   register   entries   I   have added    other    information    from    other    parish    records    to    help    those researching   their   family   names   so   that   the   researcher   can   see   what else    their    family    ancestors    were    doing    in    the    earliest    centuries    of written records. The    Book    contains    the    collected    family    information    of    about    one thousand   surnames   recorded   in   all   the   parish   records   that   I   could   find for   Bere   Regis.   What   is   NOT   in   this   book   are   the   parish   registers   after 1786   as   these   have   not   been   transcribed   in   full   by   anyone   to   my knowledge....    yet.    That    treat    is    left    to    the    individual    researcher, especially as the more recent histories could be regarded as "private". The   earliest   written   records   for   Bere   Regis   are   probably   of   about   1370 as   far   as   individual   people's   names   are   concerned.   This   means   that for   some   family   names   there   might   be   over   500   years   of   information presented   here,   as   I   have   run   some   names   right   up   to   1939.   Several surnames, especially of land-owners, go back much further. In   the   course   of   this   extensive   study,   I   have   to   admit   to   having   found some   names   that   are   undoubtedly   wonderful.   I   suppose   that   they   are my    favourites:    Rodigine    Elrudge,    Mellyer    Hellyer,    Joseph    Joseph, Page    Savage,    Gabriel    Shitler,    Penticost    Skutt,    Theophilus    Snell, Siberia    Snook,    Julius    Squibb,    Thomas    Thomas,    Hercules    Trewe, Plucknett   Tutty   and   Shadrach   Whittle.   Who   would   not   be   proud   to have any one of those as an ancestor! The   list   of   sources   is   shown   below   but   the   core   of   this   information   is the   parish   registers   of   baptisms,   marriages   and   burials   joined   together chronologically   for   each   surname.   Phonetic   spelling   is   not   just   a   thing of   the   past;   recently   a   letter   landed   on   my   doormat   where   the   line   Bere Regis   was   spelled   "Bear   Regions"!   Good   luck   with   finding   your   own name,   and   don't   forget   you   can   also   trace   your   maternal   ancestors too!" John Pitfield May 2014 Sources used for this Book - Bere Regis Vicars List (c.1370 onward) Henry VIII Muster Roll (1542) Bere    Regis    Parish    Registers    (Baptisms/Marriages/Burials)    (1585- 1786) Names of Churchwardens (1607-1740) Churchwardens Accounts (1607-1740) Payments for Vermin Heads (1612-1736) Church Rates Lists (1614-1738) Oath of Allegiance to the Church of England (1641-42) Hearth Tax Return (1662-64) Churchyard Rosta (17th to 19th century) Tenure List of Drax properties (1773-77) Trade Directories - Bere Regis sections (1830-1939) Occupier List & Map (1844) Dorset Surname Origins (Proceedings of DNHAS Vol.19 (1897)) A   great   Photographic   history   of   Bere   Regis   was   written   by John   Pitfield   &   Rodney   Legg.   You   can   look   at   it   and   order it by clicking here Local   Villager   John   England   has   written   a   book   on   the   Wells,   Pumps   & Boreholes   of   Bere   Regis.   Over   250   Wells   are   recorded with   over   100   Photographs   to   illustrate.   The   book   is   only £10   and   can   be   bought   direct   from   the   village   Post   Office   - a big thank you to Gillian & Kevin Coetzee. Christopher   Dalton   wrote   a   book   all   about   Church   Bells   in   Dorset called,   "The   Bells   and   Belfries   of   Dorset".   It   covers   the Bells   &   Belfry   of   St.   John   the   Baptist   Church   here   in   the Village. You can look at it and order it by clicking here
© 2003, Bere Regis Village Website.