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


The Parish

The parish of Little Parndon lies in the extreme west of Essex indeed it forms part of the border with neighbouring Hertfordshire. Little Parndon is located about 2 1/2 miles west of the former market town of Harlow. Little Parndon sits on the eastern banks of the River Stort which here forms the border with Hertfordshire and on the A1169 road which forms the perimeter of what has become the mini-metropolis of Harlow New Town. Once a tiny riverside hamlet grouped around the church and the bridge over the Stort, Little Parndon has been developed with large modern housing estates contiguous with the expanse of the New Town which covers an width of 5 miles from east (by the M11) to west. Other modern developments include the London to Cambridge rail line which passes through the parish. At the time of this transcript Little Parndon would have been a sleepy rural arable settlement. The Stort drains the parish southwards, joining the Lea and eventually the start of the Thames Estuary and thence to the North Sea. Little Parndon is sited at around 40 metres above the sea, it's valley setting being some 20 to 40 metres above the local height levels in gentle countryside. Little Parndon parish was one of the smallest by acreage in Essex, it covered just over 500 acres and would have supported a population of fewer than 100 parishioners. In Domesday times Little Parndon was returned as part of a greater whole with Great Parndon, shared between 4 landholders collectively they offered 8 ploughs as well as small meadows & woodlands.

The Church

St Mary's church sits on the western side of Parndon Mill Lane close to its crossing of the Stort and incongruously set adjacent to light industrial premises. The church was completely rebuilt in the 1860s but retained the early English Gothic style of its predecessor. The church is small, as befits the limited size of its congregation and consist of nave, apsidal chancel augmented by a northern vestry, southern porch and topped off with its western timber framed bellcote. The church clearly has little architectural interest for Pevsner who did only concede that the flint rubble was "neatly laid", otherwise his description is limited to a few lines of description. Parndon Mill Lane is narrow but there is parking opposite the southern entrance through the low brick and flint wall. A few evergreens gather around the western end but they do not unduly restrict photographic angles.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 6th November 1755 - 10th August 1809 Essex Record Office - Reference - D/P/34/1/4 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 23rd March 1814 - 17th October 1829 Essex Record Office - Reference - D/P/34/1/6 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None

Eastwick St Botolph, Hertfordshire
Sawbridgeworth St Mary the Great, Hertfordshire
Netteswell St Andrew
Great Parndon St Mary
Netteswell St Andrew
Great Parndon St Mary
Great Parndon St Mary
Netteswell St Andrew

1760 1770 1780 1790 1800 1810 1820

Register Reference Date Groom Forename Groom Surname Groom Status Groom Abode Bride Forename Bride Surname Bride Status Bride Abode
1 06/11/1755 John CARTER Single   Elizabeth OAKLEY Single  
2 11/10/1759 Charles WOOD Single   Mary SHARPE   Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire
3 19/10/1759 William CORDIAL   Great Parndon Susannah SHARPE    
4 16/10/1760 John PARISH Single   Hannah WESTROW Single Netteswell
5 12/07/1761 Alexander KNIGHT Single   Agness QUARN Single  
6 17/04/1763 Benjamin THOMPSON Single Roydon Mary MEAD Single  
7 14/05/1765 Thomas HANCOCK Single   Anne CLINTON Single Gilston, Hertfordshire
8 28/02/1766 Simon REEVE Single   Mary KELLY Single  
9 21/04/1767 William MORRIS Single   Catherine SHARPE Single  
10 15/06/1767 Joseph SUMNER Single   Margaret RUMBALL Single  
11 28/12/1767 Hugh TARLING Single Harlow Mary ELLIS Single  
12 11/10/1768 Jonathan MAYER Single Harlow Ann WEBB Single  
13 11/07/1769 Caesar ANDREWS Single St Andrew, Hertford, Hertfordshire Elizabeth ELLIS Single  
14 25/09/1769 Henry FLACK Single Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire Esther RUMBLE Single  
15 16/10/1769 Thomas MANSFIELD Single   Sarah THNADER Single  
16 20/11/1769 Samuel REEVE Single Netteswell Anne TARNAL Single  
17 15/10/1770 Thomas JACKSON   Great Parndon Sarah PARISH    
18 15/10/1771 John CHURCH Single Hatfield, Hertfordshire Mary BASEAL Single  
19 30/12/1771 John BRAND Single   Mary KELSEY Single  
20 01/01/1772 Edmund GODSALL Widower   Catherine HALVERSON Widow  
21 04/07/1772 John BISHOP Single   Mary LITTLE Single  
22 03/03/1776 John MURRAY Single   Mary MORALE Single  
23 10/03/1776 James WREN     Hannah CHAPPEL    
24 20/04/1778 William ABRAHART     Mary WARD    
25 21/10/1778 George ROSS     Anne OAKLEY    
26 26/10/1779 John SKEGGS     Elizabeth BAYLIS    
27 08/12/1780 Edward SHEPHERD Single   Mary PATMORE Single Eastwick, Hertfordshire
28 27/02/1781 John ELLIS Widower   Sarah BENTON Single  
29 19/12/1782 James LEWIS Single   Ann CHAPEL Single  
30 12/10/1784 John RINCH   Hunsdon, Hertfordshire Mary PAGE Single  
31 27/06/1785 Jonathan HAMMOND Single   Sarah EATON Single Hunsdon, Hertfordshire
32 31/10/1785 William SHEPHERD Single   Sarah RICKET Single  
33 19/12/1785 Henry FORD Single   Elizabeth HILLS Single  
34 11/09/1788 John FRANCIS Widower Hunsdon, Hertfordshire Sarah ELLIS Widow  
35 23/06/1789 Charles FREEMAN Single   Anne GENTRY Single  
36 01/08/1790 Robert DOWSETT Single   Sarah HILLS    
37 20/08/1792 James COOK Single   Mary BROWN    
38 29/10/1792 John MORRIS Single   Mary CANNON    
39 18/09/1793 Richard BENTON Single   Kezia CARTER   Great Parndon
40 17/02/1795 John STEPHENS Single   Rebekah CRAMPHORN Single  
41 05/11/1795 John RAMSEY Widower   Ann SHARNBROOK Single  
42 20/05/1796 Richard GREEN     Sarah GRAY    
43 11/07/1796 William MORRIS     Sarah WRIGHT    
44 05/07/1798 James MORRISS Single   Charlotte RADLEY Single  
45 20/11/1800 William MORRIS Widower   Charlotte LITTLE Single  
46 06/11/1804 William WRIGHT     Martha BISHOP    
47 10/08/1809 Joseph FABIAN   Tottenham, Middlesex Nanny JENKINS    
4 23/03/1814 George Thomas NICHOLSON   City Of London Ann Elizabeth SMITH    
5 22/01/1815 James CARTER Widower   Elizabeth TAYLOR Single  
7 07/09/1815 Samuel Ellis BATTEN Single Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk Emma JEFFREYS Single  
10 25/12/1816 John CARTER   City Of London Joanna Maria SMITH Single  
12 18/11/1817 Henry JEFFREYS Single   Anna Maria HOBSON Single  
13 06/03/1820 John PHILLIPS Single Great Parndon Elizabeth SAMUEL Single  
14 23/09/1823 William FOSTER Single Eastwick, Hertfordshire Louisa BENTON Single  
15 13/05/1827 William HOPPER Single Roydon Elizabeth BLANCHARD Single  
16 23/08/1827 Joseph BLAND Single Hampton, Middlesex Maria HEMMING Single  
17 16/10/1827 Thomas Price BENNETT Widower   Frances WARREN Widow Stepney, Middlesex
18 17/11/1828 William SPORTON Widower   Mary NASH Single  
19 17/10/1829 William CARTER Single   Ann SKIPP Single  

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