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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Foscote St Leonard


The Parish

The parish of Foscote lies in western Buckinghamshire not too far from its border with neighbouring Northamptonshire. Foscote has had many spelling variations over the years it is variously listed as Foscott, Foxcote or Foxcott, we choose to follow the UK Ordnance Survey in spelling it as Foscote. Foscote is a tiny place, little more than a hamlet which sits about 2 miles northeast of the town of Buckingham, in lanes just over a half mile north of the A422 road which connects Buckingham with Stony Stratford. The economy of Foscote would have been almost totally based upon agriculture as it is today. Foscote is drained southwards by a small tributary of the Great Ouse which is soon joined, thence heading northeast to eventually reach the North Sea through The Wash. Foscote is sited at around 100 metres above the sea in gently rolling countryside, local heights rise a further 40 metres or so within nearby Stowe Park. Foscote parish was small for its county, barely 700 acres in extent it would have supported a population of just over 100 parishioners. In Domesday times Foscote was equally small, in the hands of Bishop Odo of Bayeux it could offer just 7 ploughs plus small meadows & woodland.

The Church

St Leonard's church has been deconsecrated and was converted into a private house in the 1970s, it stands at the main junction of lanes within the hamlet on the northern side of the triangular area so formed. Pevsner was permitted access and noted a 14th century chancel arch which is indicative of the building's era of origin. Obviously as a private dwelling access for photography is limited to the single views available from the public road.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 5th October 1755 - 19th October 1783 Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies - Reference - PR 79/1/2
Plain, unruled book, a continuation of the extant composite register in contravention of Hardwicke's segregation requirements Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None
2 1st November 1784 - 14th October 1811 Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies - Reference - PR 79/1/3
Plain, unruled book containing combined Banns & Marriages Grade 3 Register - there are sufficient quality issues with this register to indicate that some misreads will occur albeit few in number Fading of this register may lead to one or two misreads
3 5th June 1815 - 13th February 1837 Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies - Reference - PR 79/1/5 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 1 Register - Few issues noted and a low likelihood of misreads None

Akeley St James
Akeley St James
Leckhampstead The Assumption
Leckhampstead The Assumption
Maids Moreton St Edmund
Leckhampstead The Assumption
Thornton St Michael
Maids Moreton St Edmund
Maids Moreton St Edmund
Thornborough St Mary

1760 1770 1780 1790 1800 1810 1820 1830

Register Reference Date Groom Forename Groom Surname Groom Status Groom Abode Bride Forename Bride Surname Bride Status Bride Abode
06/01/1754 Benjamin PARISH   Radclive Mary PERKINS   Water Stratford
05/10/1755 John HEWETT     Elizabeth TURNER    
05/10/1762 Thomas EMERTON   Water Stratford Rebecca HINTON    
16/04/1770 William BRITTON Single Maids Moreton Mary GRANTHAM Single  
13/01/1771 Allen KEMP Widower Leckhampstead Sarah CORBETT Single  
06/02/1777 Stephen KING Single Grendon Underwood Mary HERBERT Single  
19/11/1777 Joseph STEVENS   Maids Moreton Mary HARRIS    
15/02/1779 John BATTENS   Wavendon Elizabeth SCOTT    
14/10/1779 John SMITH   Middle Claydon Elizabeth DRUCE    
01/05/1780 Thomas WOODWARD     Elizabeth MASSEY    
05/11/1781 Richard BLACKMAN   Northamptonshire Susanna DRUCE    
15/10/1783 Robert SAUNDERS   Wicken, Northamptonshire Ann ALLEN    
19/10/1783 Charles PHILIPS   Buckingham Ann OLIVER    
01/11/1784 John DRUCE     Elizabeth BATEMAN    
10/11/1785 Samuel DRUCE     Ann WILLIAMS    
04/10/1786 John BARNES     Mary KING    
07/11/1787 John GOODMAN     Elizabeth STINSON    
20/12/1787 William COURSE   Radclive Ann MASSEY    
11/10/1790 Thomas WILKINSON   Radclive Alice BROWN    
21/01/1793 Edward ALLEN     Jane CLAYTON    
24/11/1793 Richard WARNER   Buckingham Mary BRYANT    
26/03/1795 James DRUCE     Love TUCKER    
15/09/1795 Tobiah TIRRILL     Mary CLARK    
07/02/1797 Thomas SCOTT     Frances WILLIAMS    
11/10/1798 Richard MAY     Elizabeth WELCH    
05/11/1798 William ATTWOOD     Elizabeth PERRY   Lillingstone Dayrell
02/11/1801 Samuel WESTBURY   Bicester, Oxfordshire Grace NICHOLS    
29/03/1803 Richard BRYAN     Elizabeth BRUNNIGE    
12/10/1807 John ALLEN     Sarah BARRETT    
13/10/1808 John CLARK   Akeley Mary SECONDON    
21/02/1810 Matthew TURNER   Grendon Underwood Lyddy CLAYDON    
02/10/1810 Thomas BELCHER   Hinton In The Hedges, Northamptonshire Mary WOODWARD    
29/10/1810 George NICHOLLS     Mary MEKINS    
14/10/1811 Joseph SMITH     Elizabeth NICHOLLS    
1 05/06/1815 Samuel ANDERSON   Maids Moreton Ann NICHOLLS    
2 16/10/1815 Thomas KING Single Maids Moreton Penelope SMITH Single  
3 15/01/1816 William TYRILL     Mary SMITH    
4 16/07/1818 Thomas BARBY   Thornborough Elizabeth DRUCE    
5 28/09/1818 Richard FENABLE     Sarah GRAY Single  
6 06/12/1819 William PANGBORN   Maids Moreton Charlotte CLAYDON    
7 12/10/1820 Samuel CASSELL     Hannah POLLARD    
8 07/12/1820 Thomas TAPP   Leckhampstead Sarah SMITH    
9 23/07/1827 Thomas KEMP   Leckhampstead Jane LEWIS    
10 15/10/1827 George BRYAN     Susannah HARRISS    
11 27/10/1828 George NIBBS     Mary HERRITAGE    
12 09/11/1828 Thomas BURNALL   Buckingham Mary NICHOLS    
13 01/11/1832 William BRYAN     Elizabeth ALLEN    
14 12/11/1832 William DRUCE Widower   Elizabeth SMITH Widow  
15 22/11/1832 John CAVE Single Brackley, Northamptonshire Ann ROPER Single  
16 10/12/1832 John ALLEN Widower   Susanna DRUCE Widow  
17 19/05/1834 John ALLEN     Eliza ROBERTS    
18 25/12/1834 John TILLY   Whittlebury, Northamptonshire Betsy ROPER    
19 15/06/1835 David NICHOLS     Hannah ALLEN    
20 19/08/1835 Richard PRIEST   Buckingham Elizabeth DRUCE    
21 06/07/1836 Thomas Sibthorpe FOUNTAINE   Thornborough Lydia ROPER    
22 13/02/1837 John SMITH     Susanna ALLEN    

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