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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837


The Parish

The parish of Morestead lies in south central Hampshire about 3 miles southeast of the city of Winchester. Morestead is a tiny hamlet with little more than a scatter of cottages grouped around a crossroads of lane on the back road from Winchester to Bishop's Waltham. This is chalk country, rolling downland which used to be the home of thousands, if not more, of sheep; shepherding would have been the main occupation of menfolk in the parish. Morestead is sited in a dry valley running southwestwards off the high downs. There is no surface drainage due to the porous nature of the underlying rock type but Morestead's valley eventually reaches the River Itchen just west of Twyford. Morestead is sited at around 60 metres above sea level although land rises to its east to 176 metres at Cheesefoot Head, the local top. As well as being a tiny hamlet, Morestead's parish was atypically small for the area, at just over 1,300 acres (around half the normal size for the district) it would only have supported around 80 parishioners. There is no mention of Morestead in Domesday Book.

The Church

Morestead's church, the dedication is not recorded, is located at the southern end of the scatter of cottages close to the junction where the Owslebury road leaves the main lane. The church is very small as befits the size of the parish. Pevsner is unclear as to the date of the building, suggesting that the south and northern doorways are Norman whereas much of the rest dates from the 1830s or later. The strange western addition in brick is definitely datable to 1833. The building sits on the western side of the lane behind a tall hedge and in a slightly elevated site. A short flight of steps leads to a metal gateway giving access to the graveyard. The graveyard is compact which does somewhat restrict the photographic angles.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 28th May 1760 - 25th April 1811 Hampshire Record Office - Reference - 10M73/PR2
Standard preprinted and self-numbered combined Banns & Marriage register with 4 entries per page Grade 3 Register - there are sufficient quality issues with this register to indicate that some misreads will occur albeit few in number Fading leads to the possibility of a few misreads
2 15th October 1814 - 23rd July 1836 Hampshire Record Office - Reference - 10M73/PR4 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None

Chilcomb St Andrew
Chilcomb St Andrew
Chilcomb St Andrew
Twyford St Mary
Tichborne St Andrew
Owslebury St Andrew
Owslebury St Andrew
Owslebury 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
1 28/05/1760 Charles WADE   East Tytherley Elizabeth TREDD    
2 10/10/1760 Richard COMPLIN Widower   Martha LEACH Single  
3 10/10/1760 Andrew ANDREWS Single   Ann LINEY Single  
4 21/06/1761 William EDMUNDS   St Thomas, Winchester Frances BUXEY    
5 10/10/1762 John PAGE Single   Sarah LINEY Single  
6 26/10/1763 Stephen BULL   Tichborne Ann AVERY Single  
12/05/1766 Richard GRADIDGE Single St Lawrence, Winchester Mary COMPLIN Single  
7 07/08/1769 Charles BURGESS Single   Hannah ANNELL Single  
8 03/06/1770 John BARNES   Nether Wallop Elizabeth COMPLIN Single  
9 19/10/1770 John PRINCE   Compton Mary COMPLIN Single  
10 09/07/1772 Richard CARTER   Tichborne Anne WOOLDRIDGE    
11 12/06/1776 John VINE   North Stoneham Sarah COMPLIN    
08/04/1779 John PAGE Widower   Mary DANIELS Widow  
13/09/1779 John GLASPOOL Single   Sibella BROWN Single Cheriton
14/10/1779 George COLLINS Single   Betty ANNELL Single  
23/06/1783 Robert FIFIELD   Littleton Rachel MERSH    
17/06/1784 George MERSH     Mary HOLMES    
23/06/1785 James NEWLYN   Owslebury Hannah COMPLIN    
11/10/1789 John DUDMAN     Betty COLLINS    
25/10/1800 William HOOPER     Mary MILLER    
08/10/1801 Thomas TAYLOR     Sibella GLASSPOLE    
03/06/1802 George MARCH     Elizabeth COOPER    
14/06/1802 William COOK     Hannah GLASPOOL    
18/10/1804 William GLASPOOL     Susan MARSH    
25/10/1804 John POINTER     Sarah BARNES    
13/06/1805 William GLASPOOL     Rachael HOOKER    
17/07/1807 Michael PHILLIPS     Mary GLASPOOL    
02/08/1809 John HILL   Hursley Ann TAYLOR    
25/04/1811 James MUNCLY     Elizabeth SMITH   St Swithin, Winchester
1 15/10/1814 John CARTER     Isabella WHITAKER    
2 06/02/1816 Thomas HAWKINS   Easton Charlotte GOODCHILD    
3 01/01/1818 Daniel BENHAM Single Easton Harriet BENHAM    
4 13/05/1820 Joseph MILLER     Rebeckah CARTER    
5 20/10/1823 James STALLARD     Sarah FURNES    
6 03/11/1825 Thomas KNIGHT     Mary ABRAHAMS    
7 24/10/1826 Henry CARTER     Jane PRINCE    
8 01/11/1831 George HEDGES     Martha WILLIAMS    
9 12/12/1835 Thomas HEDGES Single   Elizabeth BARTLETT Single Owslebury
10 23/07/1836 Henry HEDGES Single   Mary GLASSPOOLE Widow  

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