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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Kingsley St Nicholas


The Parish

The chapelry of Kingsley, part of the ancient parish of Alton, is located in eastern Hampshire, close to its border with neighbouring Sussex and forming a small part of the border with neighbouring Surrey. This chapelry was only a small transcript as it was only licensed for marriages for a short while. Kingsley is located about 3 miles southeast of the market town of Alton. The village stretches along the B3004 road which connects Alton with the A325 (Farnham to Petersfield) road. There is not much to the village, as stated, most is along the B road and much of the parish is occupied by a golf course and the footpath riddled common. Kingsley sits at about 80 metres above sea level in the valley of the River Slea, a tributary of the Wey which is ultimately heading for the Thames at Weybridge. The area is characterised by heathland on sandy and stony soil that was of little value for agriculture, indeed sheep and rabbits were probably the main "crops". The chapelry covered a small acreage, just 1,500, and supported just over 350 parishioners. The chapelry is not specifically mentioned in Domesday Book.

The Church

St Nicholas' church sits some distance from the centre of Kingsley to the west along the B3004 and into a northward running lane. The church was extensively rebuilt in 1778 and much of the origins are lost as a result. There are windows which date from the 14th century so it is likely that it dates from that time at least. A newer church, All Saints, was built in the village itself in 1876 and it seems odd that such a small settlement is served by two churches. St Nicholas sits behind a mixture of stone walls and post & rail fences and entrance is gained through a roofed lych gate. The site is well wooded and sight-lines are difficult. The wooden faced bell-turret is quite distinctive and typical of the area.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 20th June 1756 - 2nd December 1762 Hampshire Record Office - Reference - 12M76/PR3
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
No other register's within the transcription period survive for Kingsley

Binsted Holy Cross
Binsted Holy Cross
Binsted Holy Cross
Frensham St Mary, Surrey
East Worldham St Mary
Headley All Saints
Selborne St Mary
Selborne St Mary
Headley All Saints
Selborne St Mary


Register Reference Date Groom Forename Groom Surname Groom Status Groom Abode Bride Forename Bride Surname Bride Status Bride Abode
24/02/1754 Robert EGGES   Bentley Frances HOULT   Binstead
20/06/1756 John OSBORN     Elizabeth KNIGHT    
30/05/1757 James HARDING     Jane FURLINGER    
12/10/1757 Edward TRIGG     Ann KELSEY    
08/05/1758 Benjamin BURNINGHAM     Ann MAHEW    
05/06/1759 David OSGOOD     Ann WEST   Headley
16/04/1760 Thomas STEPHENS     Ann TRIGGS   Headley
31/03/1761 Francis BREWER     Hannah WALKER    
28/04/1761 William ALBERRY     Elizabeth ROBINSON    
28/04/1761 James PARFET     Ann ARUNDELL    
29/07/1762 Thomas COOPER     Grace COOPER    
29/11/1762 Thomas FURLINGER     Mary HARDING    
02/12/1762 John KNIGHT     Betty SPENCER    

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