The Churchward One-Name Study


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Brixham is a very old fishing port, dating back to Saxon times. It was mentioned in the Domesday Book, when its population was just 39. By the time of the 1801 census that figure had risen to 3,671, and by 1901 to 8,902. Today it boasts 17,457 inhabitants, whose main source of income is still fishing, but boosted with 21st century tourism.

The old church is St. Mary's. It is the third church on the site, the original wooden Saxon church was replaced by a stone Norman church, which was in turn built over in 1320. The parish registers started in 1587, and the first Churchward entry was a baptism in 1596. Without any other proof, it is therefore likely that there were Churchwards in Brixham from well before 1587.







Many of the Brixham Churchwards were mariners. Some moved away to the Liverpool area, but descendants can today also be found in America and Australia.


Details of the Brixham Churchward families will be added to this website at a later date.