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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Bridge Sollers St Andrew


The Parish

The parish of Bridge Sollers lies in west central Herefordshire about 6 miles northwest of the city of Hereford. Bridge Sollers sits on the A438 road which connects Hereford westwards to Hay on Wye & ultimately Brecon. There is very little to Bridge Sollers, which earns its name from the crossing of the River Wye, most properties lie along the lane running southwards from the A438 and are either side of the Wye's bridge. At the time of this transcript the parish would have largely earned its living from pastoral farming, little has changed. The fertile flood plain of the Wye supports large dairy herds although some arable has crept in in recent times. The Wye drains the parish eastwards heading ultimately for the Bristol Channel through the town of Chepstow. Bridge Sollers is sited at around 80 metres above the sea but land is quite hilly nearby, the isolated outcrop of Garnons Hill, to the northwest, rises to 233 metres and is topped by a stretch of Offa's Dyke although the National Trail has its route somewhat further west. Bridge Sollers parish was one of the many tiny parishes that characterises Herefordshire, it covered little more than 700 acres and would have supported a population of a few more than 50 parishioners. IN Domesday times Bridge Sollers was held by the Canons of Hereford St Peter, it was clearly a little more substantial than today offering 6 ploughs.

The Church

St Andrew's church stands almost at the junction of the A438 with Bridge Sollers' main land leading to the Wye Bridge, it's access is from that lane. The church has early origins with the western tower and the southern doorway, Pevsner dating both to the late 12th century as he also does for the northern arcade. Some Norman style windows remain within the nave but are probably reused following later restoration. The chancel he places later in the build, in the 13th century or possibly the early 14th as its uses a Decorated style for its design. Most of the roofing was replaced during the latter century and in common with most churches the Victorians had their usual restoration, in this case of the late 1880s, modern work continued into the early 21st century. The entrance to the hedged churchyard sits adjacent to a small farm where a wooden gate grants access and there is a small parking area. The eastern end of the church sits rather closely by the eastern boundary and its many mature trees limiting angles a little but not preventing adequate angles for photography.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 20th April 1756 - 13th May 1811 Herefordshire Archives & Record Centre - Reference - CE66/2 Plain, ruled book containing combined Banns & Marriages Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None
2 2nd March 1813 - 11th July 1836 Herefordshire Archives & Record Centre - Reference - AH100/2 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads There is some damage to the central spine of this register but it does not impact legibility

Bishopstone St Lawrence
Bishopstone St Lawrence
Bishopstone St Lawrence
Byford St John the Baptist
Bishopstone St Lawrence
Madley St Nativity of the Virgin
Madley St Nativity of the Virgin
Madley St Nativity of the Virgin
Madley St Nativity of the Virgin

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
20/04/1756 Charles PROSSER   Foy Elizabeth MAKEAM    
12/05/1761 Thomas WILLIAMS   Bredwardine Anne PARRY    
22/06/1761 Benjamin SMITH   Yazor Anne SNORE    
01/11/1761 John WALTERS     Martha LEWIS    
23/10/1763 James SNEAD   Eaton Bishop Margaret SYMONDS    
05/08/1764 John HARPER   Madley Elizabeth ROGERS    
28/05/1769 John BEDFORD   Holmer Eleanor BUTCHER    
13/05/1770 John BASKERVILLE     Mary ROBERTS    
17/01/1771 James DAVIES   Canon Pyon Ann EVANS    
10/05/1772 James WILLIAMS     Margaret WARNEL    
07/02/1780 John ALLCOTT   Preston On Wye Ann STEPHENS    
24/05/1781 Richard ADDIS   Much Dewchurch Ann SMITH    
02/05/1785 John SMITH   Mordiford Ann EVANS    
29/10/1789 James TAYLOR     Mary WORTHY    
09/05/1793 William HAYWOOD   Whitney Ann THOMAS    
19/09/1793 William MAKEAM     Mary HARDWICK   Weston Under Penyard
17/01/1796 Joseph FENCOTT   Eardisland Elizabeth DAVIS    
08/11/1796 William LEWIS   Brinsop Sarah APERLEY    
13/10/1800 William SKIPP Widower   Sylvia THOMAS   Bredwardine
31/05/1801 John PREECE     Elizabeth SMITH    
09/05/1803 Michael WILLIAMS   Eaton Bishop Elizabeth GUNTER    
00/06/1809 Edward MASON     Mary JONES    
13/05/1811 John PROSSER     Ann HARRIS    
1 02/03/1813 Thomas WILLIAMS     Elizabeth GILBERT Widow  
2 28/07/1814 William THOMAS Single   Mary GRIFFITHS    
3 09/05/1816 James JONES Single   Anne MORGAN Single  
4 25/02/1817 John WILLIAMS Single   Diana MATHEWS Single Staunton On Wye
5 08/03/1820 Thomas POWELL Single   Ann REECE    
6 27/06/1824 Francis PRITCHARD Widower Bishopstone Alice WHEEL Single  
7 13/09/1824 John PURCHAS Single Fownhope Elizabeth FENCOTT    
8 23/10/1828 Thomas EVANS     Ann PRICE    
10 04/06/1833 Richard SNEAD Widower   Mary PEAKE Widow Madley
11 17/03/1835 Henry BIDDLE Single Hay, Breconshire Elizabeth MEATES Single  
12 22/10/1835 John MUNN     Ann TAYLOR   All Saints, Hereford
13 11/07/1836 Thomas MEATS Single   Jane HUGHES Single  

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