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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Shincliffe St Mary the Virgin


The Parish

Shincliffe is a chapelry of the greater parish of St Oswald, Durham and is located around 2 miles southeast of the city of Durham. Shincliffe was only licensed for marriages for a short period of time during the coverage of this project. Shincliffe is located astride the A177 road which heads southeastwards from Durham to the nearby A1M and onwards to Stockton Upon Tees. Shincliffe is a mining settlement consisting of two main centres of property, Shincliffe, itself, which sits on the eastern banks of the River Wear and High Shincliffe, the colliery site. Employment would have been almost totally committed to the mining of coal, supplemented with some pastoral farming. The Wear drains the parish eastwards to reach the nearby North Sea through the port of Sunderland. Shincliffe is sited at around 40 metres above the sea with High Shincliffe some 50 metres higher in gently rolling countryside with local heights rising to around 100 metres above the sea. The chapelry of Shincliffe covered around 1,400 acres of the wider parish of St Oswald and would have supported a population, at the end of this transcript period of 1,100 parishioners. Most weddings from Shincliffe would be recorded within St Oswald's registers. Like much of northern England there is no mention of Shincliffe in Domesday Book which is sketchy at best for this area.

The Church

St Mary the Virgin's church, whilst its sits almost alongside the A177 is actually best accessed from Shincliffe High Street, a sign marking the start of the pathway leading past the Church Hall to the site. The church is not the one in which these few marriages occurred having been built in 1851. The church follows the standard layout of nave, chancel and western tower, the latter with a broach spire added some 20 years after the original completion. The church was built in an Early English Gothic style showing the characteristic narrow windows of that style. Whilst clearly of little architectural interest to Pevsner, his description is limited to a mere 3 lines, the building is a peaceful and tranquil place in what was an industrial area. The pathway from the church hall leads through trees to the churchyard which has many obstructions from trees limiting the best angles for photography.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 22nd December 1827 - 27th March 1837 Durham County Record Office - Reference - EP/Shi 1/3 Nonstandard Rose style preprinted Marriage register, it is nonstandard in not being stamped with its numbering that being left for the clerk to complete Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None

Durham St Giles
Durham St Giles
Pittington St Lawrence
Durham St Oswald
Pittington St Lawrence
Sherburn Hospital
Kelloe St Helen
Durham St Oswald
Durham St Oswald
Kelloe St Helen

Register Reference Date Groom Forename Groom Surname Groom Status Groom Abode Bride Forename Bride Surname Bride Status Bride Abode
1 22/12/1827 John RAFFEL     Mary Ann STOKOE    
2 14/08/1828 John WATSON     Eleanor ANDREWS    
3 03/11/1828 Philip PEARSON     Ann BUTTERFIELD    
4 28/04/1829 William WALTON   St Nicholas, Durham Dorothy BENNETT    
5 17/05/1829 Michael BRIGGS     Elizabeth BARRAS    
6 05/09/1829 William SCOTT   Tynemouth, Northumberland Margaret TURNBULL    
7 11/08/1830 Robert SHOTTON     Ann MILLS    
8 17/12/1834 Hall BROWN   St Oswald, Durham Sarah BEALE    
9 02/11/1835 David LEROY     Ann DOUGLAS    
10 08/12/1835 William RIDLEY     Margaret YOUNG    
11 06/03/1837 William STEPHENSON   Bishop Middleham Jane STOKOE    
12 17/03/1837 William RICHARDSON     Mary WATSON    
13 27/03/1837 Matthew ADAMSON     Dinah Robinson HUTTON    

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