The First Baptisms at St John the Baptist, Clarendon Park

Last week I began transcribing the baptisms that have taken place at St John the Baptist church from the very first one until some unspecified time (until I go mad and blind from microfiche reader overuse, probably).  It’s going to take me a long time.  In its first year of active service (geddit, service…) the font – designed and donated by the architect who designed the church – was used in 30 baptisms.  Soon after there were well over 50 christenings a year, as Clarendon Park built up and more and more people moved in.

The imposing font

I have only managed the first five years so far (over 270 baptisms) but it has been interesting to look at the database.  One thing that has particularly fascinated me is the way that neighbours seemed to get their children baptised all at the same time.  So no one in Montague Road, for instance, would be christened for several months…and then all of a sudden three or four families would appear within a week or so.  This happened so many times that it can’t be a coincidence.  I did wonder whether the curate was doing his rounds and telling off the residents for not having their children baptised quickly enough!

There are many occasions where entire families were baptised together, adults included.  It was certainly common for all the children to be baptised on one day – from teenagers to new babies.  On 6th July 1885 Ellen (10), John William (5), Annie (3) and Ethel Elizabeth (1) Stapleford, of Queens Road, were baptised together.  I wonder whether it was the excitement of being amongst the first to be baptised at the new church that encouraged so many?

The very first baptisms took place on 5th October 1885.  The children were William Harper, Beatrice Onion and Alice Muddimer, all of Avenue Road Extension and all just two or three months old.  One of these days I plan to write a little biography of each – if indeed any of them survived to adulthood.  Sadly I recognise many, many names in my baptisms database who went on the appear shortly afterwards in my database of the burials at St Mary Magdalene, Knighton.  Such was the reality of childhood in Victorian times.  Both my boys were baptised in the same beautiful font and I am so grateful that their life chances are better in every sense.

If you would like me to look up a baptism in my database then please let me know.  I have only reached 1890 so far but I will keep your request on record until I get there.  I am also happy to look up Clarendon Park burials at St Mary Magdalene – my database is complete from 1887 – 1951.  Regards, Elizabeth. 


3 responses to “The First Baptisms at St John the Baptist, Clarendon Park

  1. Elaine Stephens

    Hello Elizabeth

    Could you possibly look up this burial


    George was living at 231 Clarendon Park Road, Leicester after marrying Eliza Ann Smith in 1898 at St Peter’s. Next door at 233 was William Bennett and Eliza’s sister Charlotte, now married to William and with their father Samuel Smith.

    The informant on George’s death certificate is William Bennett and date of death 1 Jul 1911. I did go to the church yard sometime ago but didn’t find a headstone, I have yet to check the burial so look forward to hearing from you on this one.

    • Hi Elaine

      Yes I can confirm George Edwin Moore’s burial at St Mary Magdalene on 4th July 1911 aged 37, address 231 Clarendon Park Road. There were no other comments in the register. Other Moores were:

      1888 Archibald Fielding Moore aged 7m; Benjamin Moore aged 47 1891 Lily Moore aged 4 1897 Ada Louisa Moore aged 35, of 19 West Avenue 1906 Percy Reginald Moore aged 9m, of 266 Clarendon Park Road 1911 William Moore aged 64, of 49 Bulwer Road 1913 Harriet Moore aged 41, of 266 Clarendon Park Road 1915 Jane Moore aged 64, of 8 Cross Road 1932 Catherine Moore aged 76, of 8 Cross Road 1939 Frederick William Moore aged 69, of 21 Cecilia Road 1945 William Ernest Moore aged 74, of 20 West Avenue

      Hope this helps – let me know if you would like the exact dates of any of these. Best wishes, Elizabeth.

  2. Elaine Stephens

    Brilliant, thank you so much, sorry to leave it so late but didn’t know there was a reply!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s