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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Chilfrome Holy Trinity


The Parish

The parish of Chilfrome lies in western central Dorset and is situated about 9 miles northwest of the county town of Dorchester. Chilfrome is a tiny place, little more than a hamlet, which sits about a half mile east of the A45 road connecting Dorchester with the Somerset market town of Crewkerne. Chilfrome, as its name suggests, sits on the western banks of the River Frome, a deeply incised valley which cuts north to south through high chalk downlands. Chilfrome is a farming community and thus it was at the time of this transcript, mainly pastoral with cattle in the valley bottom and sheep on the higher ground. The Frome drains the parish southwards and then east to reach the English Channel through Poole Harbour. Chilfrome is sited at around 100 metres above the sea but land rises with a couple of miles over 230 metres on the wonderfully named Break Heart Hill across the eastern side of the Frome valley. Chilfrome parish was relatively small in extent, covering just over 900 acres it would have supported just over 100 parishioners. In Domesday times Chilfrome was held by one William de Mohun, still a relatively small place it could offer 4 ploughs, meadows, pastures & woodland but did possess a mill.

The Church

Holy Trinity church sits at the southeastern corner of the village, close to the flood plain of the Frome. A small church, as befits a small parish, consisting merely of nave & chancel topped by a bellcote. Pevsner's description is short and carries no comment on styles merely dating the chancel arch tentatively to c1300 but noting also that the chancel was rebuilt in 1852. Clearly a small country church with nothing unusual to merit further comment. The church sits, strangely, on St Helen's Lane which is perhaps a reference to an earlier dedication. At its sharp bend the church sits to the southeast behind a post and rail topped low wall. A short gravel pathway leads to the church, sadly the church is rather hemmed in from the south by trees which do somewhat limit the angles available for photography and making for a difficult subject on a sunny day.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 8th April 1754 - 5th August 1811 Dorset History Centre - Reference - PE-CHF/RE/3/1
Standard preprinted and self-numbered combined Banns & Marriage register with 3 entries per page Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None
2 31st May 1813 - 17th July 1834 Dorset History Centre - Reference - PE-CHF/RE/3/2 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None

Wraxall St Mary
Wraxall St Mary
Cattistock St Peter & St Paul
Toller Porcorum St Peter & St Andrew
Cattistock St Peter & St Paul
Toller Porcorum St Peter & St Andrew
Toller Fratrum St Basil
Frome Vauchurch
Maiden Newton 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
1 08/04/1754 John BEST   Burton Bradstock Mary BEST Single  
5 25/09/1757 James WOODWARD     Susanna SAMWAYS Single  
6 31/10/1758 Edward STEVENS     Ann BEST Single  
7 28/01/1759 Joseph BRIDELL   Burton Bradstock Elizabeth USFORD Single Burstock
8 03/02/1760 Robert NOBS     Mary GROVES   Evershot
9 08/02/1762 John GILLINGHAM   Cattistock Elizabeth SAMWAYS    
10 02/03/1767 John SQUIRE     Sarah SAMWAYS    
11 09/12/1770 William BROWN   Cattistock Grace DOWN Single  
12 16/05/1773 Thomas BRIDLE     Molly EVERTON    
13 30/04/1775 Thomas WELLMAN     Ann MAJOR    
14 12/06/1775 John EVERTON     Sarah BARRETT   Corscombe
15 19/04/1778 James WELLMAN     Sarah SKINNER    
16 08/11/1778 Samuel HOBBS     Elizabeth EVERTON    
17 15/11/1778 William SAINT     Elizabeth ELLIS    
18 13/07/1780 William COLLINGS     Jane NORTHOVER    
19 15/12/1782 George LEGG Widower Toller Porcorum Mary HUSSEY Single  
20 09/11/1783 Thomas DAY   Evershot Sarah WHITTLE Single  
21 29/01/1787 William Flower GUPPY     Susanna NORTHEVER    
22 05/06/1787 William FLOWER     Joan HAYNE    
23 15/11/1791 Samuel GALPIN   Toller Porcorum Mary NORTHOVER    
24 13/10/1793 John WEBBER     Ann LOVELACE    
25 03/09/1795 Thomas MAJOR     Elinor OLD   Maiden Newton
26 22/05/1798 Joseph POTTER     Ann DOWLE    
27 28/12/1801 John BUSSELL     Elizabeth WEBBER    
28 11/10/1802 Thomas CORNACK   Cattistock Catharine NICHOLLS    
29 13/02/1804 John WELLMAN     Jane HOLT   Litton Cheney
30 22/12/1806 Simon CHALKER Single   Elizabeth SAINT Single  
31 23/07/1808 Richard RIGLER     Mary WHITTLE   Powerstock
32 31/07/1810 Robert HUNT Single Beaminster Sarah DEVENISH Single  
34 05/08/1811 James RUSSELL   Littlebredy Anna MALE    
1 31/05/1813 Richard BARRETT   Frampton Sarah WELLMAN    
2 23/06/1813 Charles GROVES   Toller Porcorum Ann LAVER    
3 08/08/1814 Benjamin CROFT   Maiden Newton Ann CHAPEL    
4 19/04/1815 Robert WELLMAN     Sarah CHAPPELL    
5 22/05/1815 Edward LAVER     Elizabeth WELLMAN    
6 26/08/1816 Thomas HANNAM     Elizabeth POLLY    
8 16/05/1822 William NEWMAN     Lydia DAW    
9 27/02/1823 John MAYO Single Frome Vauchurch Sarah STICKLAND Widow  
10 08/04/1823 Job CASE Single   Hannah DOWLE Single  
11 16/04/1827 William DUNFORD Single   Ann LEGG Single  
12 02/07/1829 Sydenham BURCH Single   Mary WILLS Single Maiden Newton
13 14/10/1829 Job DUNFORD Single   Maria DUNFORD Single Wraxall
14 30/05/1830 Joseph SEVIL     Mary Anne CHAPPELL    
15 21/08/1832 Robert DREW     Mary DUNFORD    
16 28/10/1832 Charles NOBBS     Ann LOVELACE    
17 13/06/1833 William LEAK   Toller Fratrum Eleanor DAWE    
18 20/04/1834 Daniel TRAVERS   Stinsford Anne SPRACKLING    
19 17/07/1834 James BUDGE     Elizabeth Harris DAWE    

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