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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Wolviston St Peter


The Parish

The chapelry of Wolviston lies in the southeast of County Durham, it is part of the wider parish of Billingham that forms part of the border with neighbouring Yorkshire. Wolviston is located about 4 miles north of the industrial town of Stockton on Tees and sits just east of the busy A19 which connects Teeside with the Great North Road. Wolviston, today, is contiguous with the urban area of Billingham having been swallowed by the growth of its mother parish in recent times. At the time of this transcript Wolviston was a separate and agricultural community. Wolviston is drained eastwards by a small tributary of Greatham Creek which reaches the North Sea through the close by estuary of the River Tees. Wolviston is sited at around 30 metres above the sea and sits on a rather flat coastal plain with local heights reaching little more than 50 metres for some distance. The chapelry of Wolviston covered an extensive area of the northern portion of Billingham parish, a population of around 600 parishioners would have been supported. Like much of this area Wolviston is not mentioned in Domesday Book which has scanty coverage of this area.

The Church

St Peter's church sits in the northeast of the village close to major roads running from Sedgefield to Hartlepool. The church is a late Victorian build, completed in 1876 in red brick and utilising a style taken from the early English Gothic period. The church is clearly of little architectural interest for Pevsner as his account is short and comments are limited only to describe the fleche as "pretty". The church sits a hundred yards or so east of the High Street and is reached by turning east at the Ship Inn. The former road to Hartlepool is now a dead-end and has limited parking. The church sits behind a low local stone wall with white gates at the western end of the site granting entry. There are few photographic obstructions within the churchyard.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 1754 - 1763 & 1781 - 1837 No marriages took place at Wolviston during these periods all such marriages would have been at Billingham
2 24th April 1763 - 1st July 1780 Durham County Record Office - Reference - EP/Wo 1 Plain, unruled book, a continuation of the extant composite register in contravention of Hardwicke's segregation & wording requirements Grade 3 Register - there are sufficient quality issues with this register to indicate that some misreads will occur albeit few in number The register has suffered damage with ragged edges impacting of legibility - a single entry has been given an assumed year as that data is lost

Elwick Hall St Peter
Elwick Hall St Peter
Elwick Hall St Peter
Grindon St James the Greater
Billingham St Cuthbert
Norton St Mary the Virgin
Billingham St Cuthbert
Billingham St Cuthbert

Register Reference Date Groom Forename Groom Surname Groom Status Groom Abode Bride Forename Bride Surname Bride Status Bride Abode
24/04/1763 William JORDISON     Ann MADDISON    
19/11/1763 William FRIEND     Mary GREEN    
09/05/1765 Richard MOOR     Jane MILBURN    
06/07/1765 Robert COLE   Scarborough, Yorkshire Ann LIGHTFOOT    
28/09/1768 William CROSBY     Jane GRIMES    
16/11/1773 Thomas PARKINSON     Ann CARLISLE   Billingham
14/04/1774 Robert SAVIL     Ann WILKINSON    
24/04/1777 John DUNN Widower Hart Mary FRIEND Widow  
01/07/1780 Edward AYRE     Elizabeth THOMAS    

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