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


The Parish

The parish of Siddington St Mary (centred on the village of Upper Siddington) lies in south eastern Gloucestershire forming part of the border with neighbouring Wiltshire. Upper Siddington lies about 2 miles south of the large market town of Cirencester and sits around 3/4 of a mile west of the A419 road which connects Cirencester through to Swindon. St Mary's parish was dissolved in 1778 and merged with that of Siddington St Peter based upon the main village a quarter mile east of Upper Siddington. A typical mixed farming community Upper Siddington has now almost been absorbed as a suburb to its growing neighbour. The River Churn drains the parish southeastwards merging into the Thames north of Cricklade, thence to the North Sea through the capital. Upper Sddington is sited at around 110 metres above the sea in gentle valley countryside where local heights barely rise a further 10 metres for some distance. The joint parish of St Mary & St Peter covered a respectable 2,000 acres of which St Mary formed around 1/3rd of the western portion. Collectively the joint parish would have supported around 450 parishioners. Siddington was recorded a single entity in Domesday Book, shared between Roger de Lacy, Hascoit Musard and Humphrey the Chamberlain, it collectively offered an impressive 20 ploughs, meadows, pasture & woodlands and 2 mills, making it one of the largest 20% of settlements recorded in that book, a much smaller place today.

The Church

St Mary's church was demolished in 1778 a year after the final marriage took place. With such an early removal little is known about it's architecture other than it was mediaeval in age. The cutting of the Thames & Severn canal would have passed very close to its churchyard of which all trace is now removed.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 27th June 1757 - 22nd September 1777 Gloucestershire Archives - Reference - P293/IN/1/4
Standard preprinted and self-numbered combined Banns & Marriage register with 4 entries per page Grade 1 Register - Few issues noted and a low likelihood of misreads None
St Mary merged with St Peter and later marriages are found within St Peter's registers

Cirencester St John the Baptist
Cirencester St John the Baptist
Preston by Cirencester All Saints
Kemble All Saints, Wiltshire
Siddington St Peter
Somerford Keynes All Saints
Shorncote All Saints, Wiltshire
Siddington St Peter

Register Reference Date Groom Forename Groom Surname Groom Status Groom Abode Bride Forename Bride Surname Bride Status Bride Abode
12/01/1754 Thomas CARTER     Elizabeth HARRISON    
12/01/1754 John BRUNSDEN   North Cerney Ann BLOWEN   Cirencester
21/01/1754 William FOWLER   Sapperton Mary KIBBLE   Edgeworth
26/02/1754 William MATHEWS   Coates Susannah HALL   Kemble, Wiltshire
26/02/1754 Ralph OLLIFFE   Naunton Anna Maria RADWAY   Hatherop
26/02/1754 Thomas COATES   Barnsley Margaret TOWNSEND   Barnsley
1 27/06/1757 Thomas HAYNES   North Cerney Edith HYETT    
2 28/07/1760 George FLUX   Cirencester Jane PARKER    
3 11/01/1761 Thomas MOSS Single   Hester COLE    
4 10/06/1762 Henry SAINTSBURY Single Cirencester Ann HAYWOOD Single  
5 12/10/1762 John MUSTY   Cirencester Mary DARBY    
6 02/11/1762 Thomas HAYWOOD Single   Sarah LAWRENCE Single Cirencester
7 05/07/1764 Thomas CARTER   Ashton Keynes, Wiltshire Mary SCRIVEN Single  
8 26/07/1766 Benjamin BROWN     Catherine BINGHAM    
9 10/04/1769 John ROSE Single   Sarah TOMBS Single  
10 09/01/1772 John JAMES     Elizabeth GREEN Single  
11 30/01/1772 Henry STEVENS   Poole Keynes, Wiltshire Mary PAGE Single  
12 11/06/1772 John PEARCE     Mary STEVENS   Poole Keynes, Wiltshire
13 26/11/1772 Peter LEVERSAGE   Stroud Elizabeth ARTHUR Single  
14 20/04/1775 John RITCHINGS     Mary HAVILAND Single  
15 11/10/1775 Stephen COATES   St Peter, Siddington Betty JAMES    
16 12/10/1775 John MUSTO     Jane TELLING    
17 18/12/1775 John KENT Single Kemble, Wiltshire Mary TELLING Single  
18 25/06/1776 Joseph HAYWARD     Susanna GOLDING   St Peter, Siddington
19 07/07/1777 Henry TOWNSEND     Ann JAMES    
20 22/09/1777 Thomas JEWEL   Kemble, Wiltshire Jane JAMES    

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