Banns were announced in the three months prior to the intended marriage date on three separate Sundays in the couple’s parish. The banns were an announcement of the intended marriage and gave the congregation the opportunity to object to the marriage. Each banns record will provide you with a transcript of the following facts:
County and country
Archive and reference
The Somerset banns index was created from original parish registers and bishop’s transcripts held at the Somerset Archives. The records span from 1577 to 1933 with more than 360 parishes. For a full list of the parishes represented in this collection, consult the Somerset banns index parish list available in the Useful links and resources.
Somerset is the seventh largest county in England and bordered by five counties: Gloucestershire, Bristol, Wiltshire, Dorset, and Devon. One of its most famous cities, Bath, is known for its beautiful Georgian architecture. In 1903, the oldest human skeleton discovered in Britain was found in Gough’s Gave in Cheddar Gorge, Somerset. The county is proud of a long and rich heritage with its numerous National Trust and English Heritage sites.