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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Bonchurch St Boniface


The Parish

The parish of Bonchurch lies on the Isle of Wight and forms its extreme southeast corner forming part of its English Channel coastline. Bonchurch is located just a half mile east of the seaside resort of Ventnor and is contiguous with it. Bonchurch sits just below the A3055 road which forms the Isle's coast road around this southeastern corner connecting Ventnor with Shanklin & Sandown. At the time of this transcript Bonchurch was a tiny village, little more than a hamlet grouped around the chjurch and sustained by a mixture of pastoral farming on the interior high Downs and some limited fishing. Today Bonchurch is largely sustained by tourism as is its larger neighbour. As a coastal community what drainage there is makes the short run to the nearby English Channel. Bonchurch is sited on a steeply sloping site, ranging from sea level to around 120 metres in Upper Bonchurch, the village spreading from The Undercliff onto the chalk downlands of the interior, it is here that local heights of almost 240 metres are reached on St Boniface Down just under a mile from the sea and with extensive views making it a popular spot for hikers. Bonchurch parish was tiny, it covered just under 500 acres and would have supported merely 300 parishioners. In Domesday times Bonchurch was even smaller, held by one William son of Azur it could offer barely a plough and was in the smallest 20% of settlements recorded in that tome.

The Church

St Boniface's church (now known as Old St Boniface as a newer church takes the same dedication) sits towards the eastern edge of Bonchurch on the steeply rising slopes and accessed by a short lane from the steeply rising Bonchurch Shute. The church is a small structure as befits its timy parish, consisting merely of nave & chancel topped with a small, square bellcote. Pevsner spots 2 lancet windows, one in the southern wall of the nave, a second in the northern wall of the chancel; both are in the Early English Gothic style of the 13th century and indicate the origins go back to that period. Much was altered, howver, in the great church-building era of the Perpendicular. On this occasion there is no mention of a Victorian restoration albeit it is unlikely one did not occur. Bonchurch Shute rises steeply from the village towards the A3055 with Bonchurch Village Road heading back towards the sea and becoming a footpath. The church is deeply hemmed within a rather cluttered churchyard being surrounded by trees and making for a tricky subject.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 22nd June 1754 - 21st May 1801 Isle of Wight Record Office & Archive - Reference - BON/REG/COM/2 Plain, unruled book, a continuation of the extant composite register in contravention of Hardwicke's segregation & wording requirements Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None
2 9th November 1802 - 13th October 1812 Isle of Wight Record Office & Archive - Reference - BON/REG/MAR/1a Standard preprinted and self-numbered Marriage register with 4 entries per page Grade 1 Register - Few issues noted and a low likelihood of misreads None

NB this register is bound together with its successor into a single arhival deposit
3 2nd May 1816 - 26th November 1836 Isle of Wight Record Office & Archive - Reference - BON/REG/MAR/1b Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 1 Register - Few issues noted and a low likelihood of misreads None

NB this register is bound together with its predecessor into a single arhival deposit

Newchurch All Saints
Shanklin St Blasius
Newchurch All Saints

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
22/06/1754 Israel ROSE Single Godshill Elizabeth ORCHARD Single  
14/12/1755 John RIDOTT Single Newchurch Elizabeth URRY Single  
31/08/1756 James HATCHER Single   Ann KENT Single  
14/09/1756 John BAY Single   Hannah WHITE Single  
14/02/1760 Nicolas HATCHER Single   Mary GRIFFIN Single  
19/11/1760 Richard DYER Single   Anne ELKINS Widow  
25/10/1761 Thomas DYER Single   Anne HATCHER Single  
15/12/1761 James DYER Single   Anne GRIFFIN Single  
22/11/1762 William DYER Single Newchurch Anna DYER Single  
01/11/1763 James MINGHAM Single   Betty HARBOUR Single  
13/08/1766 Richard COLEMAN     Mary PITTIS    
02/03/1767 James HODGE Single   Ann SYMMONS Single  
01/11/1773 John STREET Single   Elizabeth SAUNDERS Single  
07/03/1776 Joseph HALE Single   Elizabeth ORCHARD Single  
26/02/1778 Stephen DYER Single   Mary SYMMONS Single  
04/03/1779 Robert READ   Newchurch Rachel CARTER    
11/02/1782 William SYMMONS     Ann CASS    
24/04/1782 James WILLINGTON   Newchurch Jane CASS    
27/02/1783 James HATCHER Widower   Ann DYER Widow  
14/10/1783 Thomas CHAMBERS     Frances YOUNG   Newchurch
15/07/1785 John DYER     Frances PROWTEN    
12/10/1785 James CAS Single Newchurch Mary DYER Widow  
08/06/1786 Henry ROACH Single Arreton Ann COOPER Single  
08/05/1787 David PROWTEN Single Godshill Ann HUNT Single  
26/10/1790 James HARDLEY Single Newport Jane COOPER Single  
05/06/1792 William MOORMAN   Brading Mary NEWNHAM    
12/02/1793 Caleb COOPER Widower   Jenny LOVE Widow Brading
02/01/1794 George YOUNG     Mary SAUNDERS    
24/11/1797 James SAUNDERS     Jane LALE    
26/03/1801 Robert SAUNDERS   Newchurch Mary PENN    
21/05/1801 Robert RAYNER   Newchurch Sarah SAUNDERS    
09/11/1802 John STREET     Hannah HARRIS    
19/04/1803 David ODGER     Ann Maria HARVEY    
16/03/1807 William DASH     Mary MOREY    
15/10/1807 James DYER     Elizabeth BUTCHER    
29/10/1809 James RAYNER     Jane DASH    
31/10/1809 Thomas GRIMES     Mary FRY    
14/11/1809 John PERRY     Eleanor TURNER    
31/01/1811 Jeremiah JOLLIFFE     Hannah HALE    
08/04/1811 Thomas HILSDEN     Elizabeth CHAMBERS    
08/04/1811 Thomas HELSDEN   Sandford St Martin, Oxfordshire Elizabeth CHAMBERS    
03/10/1812 William HAYNES     Ann SIMMONS    
03/10/1812 William HAYNES   Whitwell Ann SYMMONS    
13/10/1812 Henry JACKMAN   Godshill Sarah FORD    
13/10/1812 Henry JACKMAN     Sarah FORD    
1 02/05/1816 George COONEY   Brading Elizabeth DASH    
2 30/11/1818 William TAYLOR     Mary DYER    
3 27/04/1820 James JOBLIN Single St Lawrence Jane SYMMONS Single  
4 08/05/1823 Henry RAYNER Single Shanklin Mary SAUNDERS Single  
5 01/03/1825 James PAYNE Single   Jane JACKMAN Single  
6 04/08/1831 Jacob KINGSWELL Single   Hannah JACKMAN    
7 21/09/1831 John Payne BROUNCKER Single   Everelda WOODHAM Single  
8 30/09/1832 Philip GOODWIN Single   Eliza JORDAN Single  
9 03/01/1833 William JACKMAN Single   Mary KINGSWELL Widow  
10 07/05/1835 Henry William HADFIELD Single   Charlotte DONALDSON Single Shanklin
11 08/10/1835 Henry DYER Single Shanklin Elizabeth JACKMAN Single  
12 26/11/1836 Samuel DALLEY Single   Mary Anne HAWKINS Single  

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