The baptism record of my 3rd great grandfather Thomas Hitchcox (son of Thomas and Hannah) at Lapley, Staffordshire, England, appears to clearly state the date of that event as being 29 Feb 1797 (see image excerpt below; image copyright Staffordshire County Council; accessed via FindMyPast).
The entry before it seems to be clearly dated 4 Jan and the one after is clearly dated March (22 or 11, I think).
However, 1797 was not a leap year as far as I know, so there should not have been a Feb 29 in it.
Is there some nuance of the calendar in use at that time and place that might make such a date legitimate?
Assuming that it is not a valid date then any thoughts on whether 28 Feb or 1 Mar would be a better assumption are also welcome.
Although it could be read as baptisms on Jan 1st, 4 Feb and then two on 29 Mar (second indicated by " for ditto), I do not think that this is the case, because on the following and preceding pages (which appear to be in the same handwriting) all other entries have month first, and then day, with month being omitted when the previous entry was in the same month.