Parish Chest

The wooden parish chest, originally known as the ‘great arke’, dates from the late 17th century. It was secured with three locks and was used for storing registers of baptism, marriage and burial, as well as the financial accounts of the church.  Church records are a fascinating window into the life and times of our ancestors. The accounts reveal information about the history of the building and tell of the work of the church over the years in the local area. The parish registers are now available online.