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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Leckwith St James


The Parish

The parish of Leckwith lies in southeastern Glamorgan not too far from its coastline with the Bristol Channel. Leckwith is located about 2 miles west of the city of Cardiff and is a small village sitting on a bluff overlooking the redeveloped Cardiff Bay. Leckwith sits a half mile west of the fast dual-carriageway of the A4232 which connects western Cardiff with the M4 motorway, the B4267 runs through the village en route to Penarth. At the time of this transcript Leckwith would have been a small village engaged in farming, pastoral in the main, along with quarrying of the limestone on which its stands mainly for local building stone and for applying to the land. Today the area has been transformed with extensive retail and business parks below the bluff which include the new Cardiff City football ground as well as Glamorgan Archives smart new location. A series of small streams run down from the bluff through wooded dells to joins the Afon Elai which flows out through the Cardiff bay complex to the Bristol Channel. Leckwith is sited at around 70 metres above the sea but the bluff rises to top out at 115 metres. Parishes in this area are fairly small and Leckwith was no exception, covering just over 1,300 acres it would have supported only a few more than 100 parishioners. Like most of Wales leckwith is not mentioned in Domesday Book which did not cover this area.

The Church

The former church of St James sits alongside the B4267 (Leckwith Road), in Pevsner account it was "standing in forlorn disuse" and today has been re-purposed as a private dwelling. The church was a Victorian replacement for the venue of these marriages having been rebuilt in 1866. A plain and simple design of nave and slightly lower chancel, the church was clearly of little architectural interest as Pevsner's account is brief in the extreme. Whilst a small sign on the northern gates states visitors are permitted to the old churchyard clearly one must respect the privacy of the residents, the Leckwith Road is also busy and has no suitable parking close by.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 18th December 1755 - 22nd February 1785 National Library of Wales Bishop's Transcripts on loose-leaf folios Grade 3 Register - there are sufficient quality issues with this register to indicate that some misreads will occur albeit few in number Quality varies significantly but some are difficult to read due to poor care in preservation prior to deposit, conventional marriage registers prior to 1787 do not survive
2 17th September 1787 - 31st December 1810 Glamorgan Archives - Cardiff - Reference - NLW/LECKWITH/REGISTER/2
Standard preprinted and self-numbered Marriage register with 3 entries per page Grade 1 Register - Few issues noted and a low likelihood of misreads None
3 30th September 1813 - 17th August 1835 Glamorgan Archives - Cardiff - Reference - NLW/LECKWITH/REGISTER/3
Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 1 Register - Few issues noted and a low likelihood of misreads None

Caerau St Mary
Llandaff St Peter & St Paul
Llandaff St Peter & St Paul
Caerau St Mary
Michaelston le Pit St Michael & All Angels
Llandaff St Peter & St Paul
Michaelston le Pit St Michael & All Angels
Michaelston le Pit St Michael & All Angels
Llandough juxta Penarth St Dochdwy

Register Reference Date Groom Forename Groom Surname Groom Status Groom Abode Bride Forename Bride Surname Bride Status Bride Abode
18/12/1755 Jenkin DAVID     Elizabeth JAMES    
30/04/1760 Isaac AYLWORTH     Anne LEWELIN    
24/05/1760 Thomas MATHEW     Cesil LEWIS    
12/11/1765 Watkin LLEWELLIN     Cesil MATTHEW    
00/00/1767 John LEWIS     Jennet EVANS    
08/06/1769 Rees DAVID     Mary THOMAS    
09/01/1774 Robert THOMAS     Eleanor EVAN    
02/07/1776 Thomas DAVID     Alice EVAN    
02/11/1776 John LEWIS     Margaret EVAN    
08/06/1778 Edward WILLIAM     Ann MILES    
22/08/1783 William THOMAS     Jane ROBINS    
22/02/1785 Charles WALTERS     Rachel WILLIAMS    
1 17/09/1787 Evan LLEWELLIN Single   Joan JENKIN Single  
2 08/05/1789 Edward WILLIAM Single   Mary RICHARD Single  
3 26/04/1794 Evan MATHEW Single Ystradowen Cate JENKIN Widow  
4 17/10/1797 John TAYLER Single   Joan GETRICH Single  
5 21/10/1800 John GETRICH Single   Mary JOHN Single  
6 02/11/1801 Charles JENKIN Single   Jane WILLIAMS Single  
7 03/05/1803 Thomas MINNETT Single   Ruth MORGAN Single  
8 15/07/1805 Evan JOHN Widower   Elizabeth MORSE Widow  
9 24/11/1807 Thomas THOMAS Widower Llandaff Hester LEWIS    
10 31/12/1810 Rees SADLER Single   Elizabeth GRIFFITH Single  
1 30/09/1813 Evan GRIFFITHS Widower Rumney, Monmouthshire Mary JENKINS Single  
2 25/04/1820 Ebenezer CLAUDY Single St Andrews Major Barbara JENKINS Single  
3 26/11/1820 William FIVEFOOT Single Eglwysilan Anne THOMAS Single  
4 27/04/1824 John WILLIAMS Single Bonvilston Amelia JENKINS Single  
5 13/12/1824 William JONES Single St Andrews Major Elizabeth DAVIES Single  
6 20/08/1825 Nicholas RINKON Widower   Catharine THOMAS Single Cardiff
7 09/09/1826 Jonah DAVID Single   Catherine EDWARD Single  
8 22/01/1827 William EDWARD Widower   Rebecca WILLIAM Single  
9 15/09/1827 John WESTMACOTT   Cardiff Elizabeth MATTHEWS    
10 11/11/1828 William THOMAS Single   Dinah DAVIES Widow  
11 10/03/1832 William JENKIN Single Llandough Juxta Penarth Ann DAVID    
12 25/05/1833 Edmund THOMAS Single   Margaret LEWIS Widow  
13 26/05/1833 Walter THOMAS Single   Rachel JONATHAN Single  
14 17/02/1835 William JOHN   St Andrews Major Anne GRIFFITH    
15 17/08/1835 John GEORGE   Llandegveth, Monmouthshire Maria JONAS    

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