Stoke-by-Nayland c.1810-11 John Constable 1776-1837 Bequeathed by Henry Vaughan 1900. CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Unported). Photo © Tate

Transcriptions from 1558 to 1753. You can search them on FreeREG too.


  • Burials: No burials Feb to Aug 1581, perhaps missing. No burials for 1607. None Oct 1627 to April 1628.
  • Baptisms: No baptisms September 1605 to March 1605/6. None 1630. None 1646-June 1653. Births only, without forenames, 1653-1656. No baptisms or births 1657-1662. Very faded late 1670s-early 1680s. Apologies for the overlap between spreadsheets 1591-1626 and 1621-1645.
  • End of March 1603, “The sicknes About this time began.” And at the end of September 1604: “The plague began.” Then at the end of July 1605, “Here blessed be god ended the mortalities of the plague.”
  • 2 Dec 1603, burial: “Thomas Poulterer, servant to the Right honourable Lord Windsor who by chance fell into the towne well & soe was slaine.”
  • Read about the “grass widows” who are mentioned in the mid-1600s.
  • Marriage stray: married at Wetheringsett, Suffolk, 13 Oct 1657, Nicholas Thorell of Stocke by Nayland and Abigall Savidg of Wetheringsett. The marriage is recorded in Mendlesham’s parish register.