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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Winchester Cathedral


The Parish

Winchester Cathedral is the highlight of the ancient city of Winchester, a Roman foundation in central Hampshire. Winchester is one of Britain's oldest settlements reputedly founded by Celtic Britons during the Bronze Age. The Cathedral Close occupies just a small area of the city to the south of the main crossroads.. Winchester is dominated by two factors, the River Itchen which winds its way through eastern Winchester and the mighty Cathedral which overshadows the whole city. Standing about 40 metres above sea level in what would have been a broad chalk stream valley before settlement came to the city, it is now a bustling metropolis and home to the Hampshire Record Office. The Cathedral & its close are a small area of a few acres of extra-parochial land in the centre of the mediaeval city.

The Church

The Cathedral lies in the southeast of the city surrounded by housing and businesses and offering few views until you enter the precincts of the close itself. Then its true magnificence is revealed. The cathedral is massive, at 556 in length it is the longest in Europe but it is only 78 feet tall hence the lack of distant views. The building, as you would expect, takes many pages of Pevsner to adequately describe and it would be impossible in this short paragraph to do it true justice. The building work began soon after the Norman Conquest, the oldest date is 1079 and the building was added to until the 16th century. Subsequently there were at least 5 restorations ranging from significant to minor resulting in the present building. I would only like to state that the result is a magnificent edifice and a true gem of Britain.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 Two pre Hardwicke entries included for completion of 1754

Winchester St Thomas
Winchester St Lawrence
Winchester St Maurice
Winchester St Maurice
Winchester St Thomas
Winchester St Maurice
Winchester St Swithin
Winchester St Swithin
Winchester St Peter Chesil

Register Reference Date Groom Forename Groom Surname Groom Status Groom Abode Bride Forename Bride Surname Bride Status Bride Abode
17/01/1754 John HOLDEN     Elisabeth MITCHEL   St Lawrence, Winchester
19/01/1754 Thomas MUNDY     Elisabeth SCRUTTON Single St Maurice, Winchester

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