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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Charlton Abbots St Martin


The Parish

The parish of Charlton Abbots lies in northern central Gloucestershire about 6 miles east of the town of Chelteneham. Charlton Abbots sits roughly 3 miles north of the A436 road which connects Gloucester through to Bourton on the Water. There is very little to Charlton Kings, little more than hamlet of farms and cottages sitting on the western slopes of a valley within the Cotswolds. Most of the properties lies along a short stretch of dead-end roadlying off the lane from Brockhampton to Winchcombe. Like many small hamlets this would have been a farming community, sheep were the dominant land use but nowadays with modern machinery & fertilisers arable predominates. Charlton Abbots is drained northwards by the Beesmoor Brook which shortly joins the River Isbourne, the latter joins the Avon at Evesham and then the Severn, doubling back south to reach the sea through the Bristol Channel. Charlton Abbots is sited at 190 metres above the sea in strongly rolling limestone countryside, land rises westwards to reach the scarp at 326 metres on Cleeve Common. Charlton Abbots parish was fairly typically sized for its area, covering just under 1,400 acres it would have supported a population of close to 100 parishioners. In Domesday time it was a holding of Winchcombe Abbey, equally small offering just 5 ploughs, a small meadow but did possess a mill.

The Church

St Martin's church sits on the eastern side of Charlton Abbots' little dead-end land, tucked away behind properties. Whilst the church has features from the 13th century these are more likely reused than in situ. By the 18th century St Martin was ruinous and almost abandoned. With the exception of the western wall it was rebuilt, a pair of Early English Gothic lancet windows in the chancel are perhaps indicative of the medieval church that was almost lost. In addition to that rebuild a significant restoration took place in 1887 which produced today's church. Just beyond the turning into the dead-end lane a footpath leads between properties around and left to the churchyard. The churchyard is a curiously triangular shape and the church is surprisingly crowded into the western corner making it tricky to view that western wall topped by a bellcote.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 28th October 1754 - 14th December 1812 Gloucestershire Archives - Reference - P75/IN/1/1
Plain unruled book a continuation of the extant composite register 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 records scattered through the Baptisms and burials as well as a separate marriage sequence making for a possibility of omission, the register is also faded making for a possibility of misreads but hopefully they will be few in number
2 20th August 1814 - 23rd December 1836 Gloucestershire Archives - Reference - P75/IN/1/3
Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 3 Register - there are sufficient quality issues with this register to indicate that some misreads will occur albeit few in number The handwriting for this register is poor making for a possibility of misreads

Winchcombe St Peter
Sudeley Manor St Mary
Sudeley Manor St Mary
Bishops Cleeve St Michael & All Saints
Sevenhampton St Andrew
Sevenhampton St Andrew
Sevenhampton St Andrew
Sevenhampton St Andrew

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
24/02/1754 Philip BREAKES Mary BRUKES
28/10/1754 William LANE Elizabeth DICKASON
18/04/1757 John ROSE Sarah FRENCH
02/02/1758 Robert WILSON Ann HALL
14/01/1762 Samuel MERCHANT Sevenhampton Hannah TIMBRELL
28/08/1762 Robert STEPHENS Mary DICKERSON
31/08/1762 James HICKS Winchcombe Dorothy JAMES
13/09/1762 Thomas SHILL Elizabeth HALL
13/10/1762 Thomas JAMES Elizabeth TIMBRILL
28/03/1763 Thomas HALL Single Elizabeth HANLEY Single Snowshill
24/10/1764 John WOOD Single Sevenhampton Jane AKERS Single
14/02/1765 Lawrence SMITH Single Winchcombe Ann DAVIS Single
01/07/1766 John MARSFIELD Sherborne Mary DAVIS
28/07/1766 John JAMES Mary HARRIS
11/08/1766 Thomas JAMES Ann JAMES
04/05/1768 Thomas CRUMP Single Childs Wickham Ann NEW Single
14/09/1769 Charles CROOK Single Mary STEPHENS Single
25/04/1771 Isaac HEMINGS Single Sevenhampton Sarah HALL Single
11/05/1771 Peter CLARK Single Sevenhampton Ann CLARKE Single
28/10/1771 William STRATFORD Single Ann PANTER Single
07/11/1771 John SMITH Single Jane HALL Single
24/12/1772 Richard MATTHEWS Hannah MANCELL
18/09/1774 Edward COOPER Mary LANE
16/04/1775 Thomas REEVES Ann HUMPHRIS
04/06/1775 John DENLEY Single Sevenhampton Ann HALL Single
28/07/1775 Nathaniel SEEK Single Cirencester Hannah NEW Single
14/12/1775 Richard PIRT Nancy HALL
03/11/1778 Thomas COLETT Single Mary VELLANDER Single
15/05/1780 John BUSSEN Peggy FARMER
16/10/1780 Joseph ELLIOTT May MANCELL
16/04/1781 John MANSEL Elizabeth BENNET
15/10/1781 William ROBBINS Sarah NAP
24/04/1782 George GORTON Mary ROGERS
31/10/1785 Thomas LEA Elizabeth SHILL
26/10/1789 John HALL Jane NAPP
27/03/1793 James BEE Staunton By Coleford Jane WOOD
16/10/1793 Richard ECOATES Sarah SMITH
02/11/1795 John JACKSONS Mary HALL
15/02/1796 Edmund TROTMAN Sevenhampton Elizabeth WOOD
26/12/1796 Thomas WHEELER Hester MOSES
06/10/1802 Richard HUMPHRIS Naunton Ann SMITH
10/03/1803 John JACKSONS Widower Hannah HUMPHRIS Single
15/10/1804 John PUDDLE Single Jane SMITH Single
30/03/1806 William ARKELL Widower Elizabeth SMITH Single
14/05/1806 John JOYES Leckhampton Mary CRUMP
14/12/1812 John SHURMER Widower Sarah STEVENS Single
1 20/08/1814 Thomas GILLETT Single Mary Ann HALL Single
2 30/10/1816 Job HUNT Widower Hawling Elizabeth LEA Single
3 08/09/1817 Samuel BIDDLE Single Coates Jane COLLIER
4 11/05/1819 Edward SMITH Guiting Power Elizabeth WILLIAMS
5 06/04/1820 Charles PEARSON Single Winchcombe Esther LEA
6 17/03/1821 William HALL Single Susanna WOOD Single Winchcombe
7 08/11/1821 Thomas BOURNE Sarah LEA
8 25/11/1822 William JAMES Toddington Hannah LEE
9 11/10/1824 George MANSELL Alderton Mary STEVENS Single
10 20/06/1825 Benjamin FISHER Janet DUFF
11 23/11/1825 Joseph WILSON Winchcombe Hannah JAMES
12 07/02/1826 William GREEN Snowshill Ann WATTS
13 16/06/1828 Robert LANE Harriet SHOTTON Winchcombe
14 09/11/1831 Thomas CARTER Sarah HALL
15 01/03/1832 Henry DAY Single Withington Catherine CRUMP Single
16 16/05/1833 Richard HARDWICK Jane GUNNELL Shipton Oliffe & Shipton Sollars
17 23/12/1836 Samuel CAMDEN Jane TYE

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