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Christ Church history

Christ Church has had many faithful documenters over the years. Denis Bird provided us with an invaluable archive of historic photographs of Christ Church. Brian Bridgeman and Teresa Squires compiled the story of Christ Church, Parish Church of Swindon and its community from 1851-2001. It is a fascinating read and you can buy the book here.

Dennis & Brian also provided us with a large selection of historic photographs of the town. You can see a selection in our Swindon Past & Present Album. If you can add information to any of the pictures or correct us where we have things wrong then please feel free to use the comment feature under each picture or contact us at

The burial grounds

Christ Church's burial ground is a haven of peace and quiet and it's the final resting place of many generations of Swindonians. We've produced a plan of the burial grounds which you may find useful if you wish to visit the Church grounds.

Photographs of many of the graves are available on Duncan and Mandy Ball's excellent website and they've also done a survey of Churches in Wiltshire which you can view here.

During the recent work on our Community Centre, we also did a photo survey of the older graves in the Churchyard itself. You can see it here:

Burial ground database

Although we don't hold our own parish registers, we have taken some of our burial records (1905 - date) and added them to a database that you can search through on this website. You can find the database here.

Christ Church Memorial Inscriptions

Christ Church has always relied on the generosity and support of its local community to enable it to continue its mission in Swindon and further afield. We have compiled a searchable database of inscriptions and memorials spanning the more than 165 years of Christ Church life. You can find the database here.

Photo albums

Click on one of the thumbnails below to view the album in a new window:

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We've uploaded lots of photographs that have been taken of Christ Church and the older Holy Rood Church, in the Lawns, so why not take a look? The Armin-Grewe website also has some nice old photographs of Swindon.

The Swindon Web also has some interesting stories and background on Swindon's past. The Swindon Central Library holds a brilliant archive online here on Flickr.

For those researching local burials, the Friends of Radnor Street Cemetery also have an excellent site here.

Take a tour of our Church building

Click here for a descriptive tour of our Church building, complete with photos.

Parish registers

Our parish registers are stored by the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre - and contain the details of births, marriages and deaths in our parish dating back to 1623. Find out more here.

Historic photos

Burial plan

Burial records

Church tour

How to find us

Parish registers