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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Turnworth St Mary


The Parish

The parish of Turnworth lies in north central Dorset about 5 miles west of the market town of Blandford Forum. Turnworth is little more than a hamlet, a straggle of properties along a lane running from north to south along a dry valley within the Dorset Chalk Downs. Turnworth sits about 3 miles west of the A357 road which connects Blandford Forum through to Wincanton in Somerset. The economy of Turnworth would have been underpinned by farming with pastoral in dominance, the chalk hills being natural countryside for sheep grazing. Sitting on porous chalk there is no surface drainage but eventually as the dry valley runs southward the River Winterbourne appears, this joins the Stour near Sturminster Marshall and the English Channel through Christcurch Harbour. Turnworth is sited at around 140 metres above the sea, chalk hills rise all around to reach close to 260 metres on the nearby Wessex Trail at Bell Hill. A relatively small parish of around 1,600 acres Turnworth would only have supported a population of fewer than 100 parishioners. In Domesday times Turnworth was held by one Alfred of Spain and was an equally small place offering 5 ploughs and small meadows, pastures & woodland.

The Church

St Mary's church sits on the western side of the main lane running through Turnworth towards the southern end of the properties. The church consists of two ages having been largely rebuilt during the late 1860s. Only the western tower remains of the mediaeval it being 15th century and Perpendicular in style. The remainder of the building is Victorian and of little architectural interest to Pevsner who's description covers a mere 5 lines of text, only the capitals in French Early Gothic style inspired detailed comment. The church sits in a slightly elevated position behind a mid-height flint & brick wall, the lane is quite narrow but a verge is present permitting careful parking. The churchyard is open and obstruction free for photography.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 14th April 1754 - 26th May 1808 Dorset History Centre - Reference - PE-TWH/RE/2/1 Standard preprinted and self-numbered Marriage register with 4 entries per page Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None
2 26th October 1814 - 27th September 1835 Dorset History Centre - Reference - PE-TWH/RE/2/2 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None

Belchalwell St Aldhelm
Okeford Fitzpaine St Andrew
Shillingstone Holy Rood
Belchalwell St Aldhelm
Ibberton St Eustace
Shillingstone Holy Rood
Durweston St Nicholas
Winterborne Stickland St Mary
Winterborne Stickland St Mary
Winterborne Stickland 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 14/04/1754 Thomas CORFE Single   Hannah DEVOL Single  
2 13/11/1754 Giles TEMPLEMAN   Wimborne Minster Elizabeth SWYNNEHOE    
3 01/04/1755 Laurence BROOKS Single   Christian KINGSBURY Single  
4 01/04/1755 William CROSS Single   Anne ROGERS Single  
5 29/02/1756 William ALLEN Widower   Elizabeth BEATON Widow  
6 15/02/1759 Richard FRY Single   Jane LOCKE Single  
7 07/03/1759 Joseph KINGSBERY Widower   Margaret LOCKE Single  
8 01/12/1760 William FAIRBROTHER Single St George Hanover Sq, Westminster, Middlesex Mary POPE Single  
9 26/03/1761 James FOOT Single Woolland Mary KINGSBURY Single  
10 10/07/1764 John PELLY Single   Mary FRY Single  
11 02/02/1766 Thomas HOGHERD Single Winterborne Whitechurch Elizabeth BRIDLE Single  
12 12/02/1770 Samuel MUSTON Single Durweston Sarah LOCK Single  
13 02/05/1770 Stephen HACKETT     Elisabeth DURDON    
14 16/09/1771 Robert LAMBERT Widower Okeford Fitzpaine Anne MALLET Single  
15 08/06/1773 John MEADOR Single Spetisbury Christian MULLETT    
16 17/04/1775 John HALLETT     Sarah POPE    
17 13/06/1775 James WELLS     Margaret PERRY    
16/10/1776 John POYEL     Mary BRETT    
07/07/1778 Henry SEDLEN   Shillingstone Nelly ROLLS    
16/09/1778 Thomas ALLEN Single Winterborne Stickland Jane MALLET Single  
16/04/1780 James FOOT     Sarah MULLETT Single  
03/01/1781 John Ford WARREN   Okeford Fitzpaine Mary WELLS    
03/03/1783 George FRY Single   Betty FRY Single  
18/10/1784 Robert SHORT   Okeford Fitzpaine Martha KINGSBURY    
28/11/1784 Robert FORSE     Mary BILES    
19/01/1786 Thomas MULLET     Elizabeth LOCKE   Okeford Fitzpaine
30/07/1792 John STONE     Margaret WELLS Single  
10/02/1793 Daniel HALLET   Hilton Elisabeth SMITH    
26/06/1796 James YEATMAN   Belchalwell Elizabeth WELLS    
04/07/1797 Thomas MASH   Woolland Ann WELLS    
27/04/1799 John WELLS     Elizabeth EASTON    
23/03/1802 John FOX   Iwerne Minster Sarah STUBBY    
30/01/1804 Samuel CROSS     Mary HASKET    
14/06/1806 Peter BEWSEY     Elizabeth HILL    
19/04/1808 John BOWDEN     Margaret HARDY    
26/05/1808 Charles CUFF   Shillingstone Mary ROYLE    
4 26/10/1814 William COLE     Bethea BALLSTOW    
5 18/05/1818 James GOODRIDGE   Thorley, Hampshire Susanna WARREN    
6 29/06/1818 John WARREN     Elizabeth BUTLER    
7 25/09/1818 Thomas BLANCHARD   Blandford Forum Rhoda CROSS    
8 10/08/1820 Job GILLINGHAM     Mary Anne ELFORD    
9 02/07/1822 George RICKETS   Winterborne Stickland Katherine WARREN    
10 19/09/1822 William CROSS   Bryanstone Margaret HALLET    
11 17/10/1822 William WARREN Single   Elizabeth SHOREY Single  
12 15/11/1824 Henry BROWN     Ruth LUSH    
13 13/03/1825 John HARDING   Belchalwell Jane HELLYER    
14 11/09/1826 James HARDING     Eliza WELLS    
15 16/04/1827 Stephen PERRY   Bruton, Somerset Sarah GROVES    
16 10/11/1828 Mark DAVIS Single   Mary WATKINS Single  
17 15/02/1830 George ELFORD   Winterborne Houghton Susanna HILLIAR    
18 25/10/1831 John HELLYER Single   Jane HARDING Single Blandford Forum
19 01/09/1834 Samuel BALLAM Widower   Elizabeth KNIGHT Single  
20 13/11/1834 James DEMVIER     Eliza BOLT    
21 27/09/1835 James ANSWORTH   Stourpaine Mary Anne KNIGHT    

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