The Churchward One-Name Study


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Paignton, as a coastal town, has origins as a Celtic settlement, and was mentioned in the Domesday Book. Until the 19th century it was just a small fishing village. However, a new harbour was built in 1847, and the railway arrived in 1859, since when it has been very much a holiday destination together with its bigger neighbour Torquay.


The main parish church is that of St, John the Baptist. It has Saxon foundations and some remaining Norman stonework. There are many 14th and 15th century features.

The parish registers started in 1559, the first Churchward entry being that of a baptism in 1561. Like other Devon parishes, there were undoubtedly Churchward families in Paignton before the advent of parish registers.



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