Brightlingsea All Saints

  1. Home
  2. Parish register transcriptions
  3. Essex
  4. Brightlingsea
  5. Brightlingsea All Saints

The church of All Saints at Brightlingsea


  • The earliest surviving register for this parish contains baptisms and burials from the start of 1698 (new style, or old style 1697), and marriages from 1701.
  • Baptisms 1702, 1752-1754 are missing. Few baptisms 1705.
  • Burials 1702 and 1707 are missing.
  • From February 1708/9, the names of people (usually women) making affidavits of burials in woollen can be seen in the burial register. I have not included these names in the transcriptions as they only include the surname, but they are mainly Mother Pigeon, followed by Mothers Gardner, Shipp, Bautel, Seele and Blackvall (Blackwall?).
  • From mid-1719 to mid-1761, burials are almost entirely name-only. There are no ages or relationships specified, no-one described as “widow” or “widower” etc. This makes them quite hard to use without extra documentation (wills, remarriages, etc.).
  • “Deputy”, which appears with some entries, refers to the person who heads up the Cinque Port business of Brightlingsea.
  • Baptisms 1765-1812: some names appear without parents – it appears that many of these could be children who were being received into the church having been privately baptised earlier. It isn’t stated which were private and public baptisms, so please take care.
  • There is a spike in burials in February/March/April 1803 – which is the same year as an influenza epidemic. In A History of the Town of Brightlingsea, E P Dickin writes that there were 139 deaths from 1803-4, meaning burials at All Saints which were recorded in the parish register. At pencil note at the end of the 1803 burials says “90 Deaths in the Yr 1803” but I have counted 86. See my article An epidemic in Brightlingsea, 1803.
  • Buried on 3 February 1808: “Robert Williams an American from New York.”




1701-3, 1709-25, 1730-54