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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Sollers Hope St Michael


The Parish

The parish of Sollers Hope lies in southeastern Herefordshire not too far from its border with neighbouring Gloucestershire. Sollers Hope is located roughly 7 miles north of the market town of Ross on Wye and sits a half mile east of the B4224 road which connects Hereford with the Gloucestershire town of Mitcheldean. There is very little to Sollers Hope, no defined village merely a scatter of farms and cottages across its small acreage. Sollers Hope sits within the traditional area for cider maker within Herefordshire and orchards accounted for almost 20% of its acreage, the remainder being almost equally split between arable & pastoral farming. A small tributary of the nearby River Wye, deeply incised into the landscape, drains the parish the short distance south to the Wye which continues south to reach the outer Bristol Channel through the port of Chepstow. Sollers Hope is sited at around 70 metres above the sea in strongly undulating landscape dominated to the east by the height, 231 metres, of nearby Ridge Hill. Herefordshire rural parishes are often small in extent and Sollers Hope was no exception, covering just over 1,100 acres it would have supported a population of around 150 parishioners. In Domesday times Sollers Hope was an equally small and rural place, held by one Ansfrid de Cormeilles it could offer just a half dozen ploughs but did possess a mill.

The Church

St Michael's church sits within the valley bottom of the parish's stream with Court Farm for company, lanes east and then north from the B4224 are needed to reach this secluded spot. St Michael is a church of the 14th century, the chancel shows the Decorated style of the first half of that century whilst the nave & its southern porch show the Perpendicular style of the latter half. The whole is topped by a neat timber bell-turret with a spirelet topping it, the date of this feature is uncertain as it was renewed, or maybe replaced, during the Victorian restoration. That Victorian restoration not only renewed much of the main body it also added the northern vestry to complete the current building. Parking for a single car is possible immediately to the right of the gates, the church, screened by trees from its lane is approached down a gravelled driveway to wooden gates granting entry to a churchyard which has no obstacles for the photographer.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 31st October 1755 - 9th November 1812 Herefordshire Archives & Record Centre - Reference - BG/12/2 Plain, ruled & margined book containing combined Banns & Marriages Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None
2 1813 - 1837 Herefordshire Archives & Record Centre Bishop's Transcripts on loose-leaf folios Grade 4 Register - there are notable quality issues with this register which may have resulted in many misreads Whilst the image quality of the BTs is better than most the coverage is seriously incomplete with no marriages recorded between 1813 and 1822, it is likely that omission through historical loss will have occurred

Woolhope St George
Woolhope St George
Much Marcle St Bartholomew
Woolhope St George
Brockhampton by Ross All Saints
Much Marcle St Bartholomew
How Caple St Andrew & St Mary
How Caple St Andrew & St Mary
Much Marcle St Bartholomew

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
31/10/1755 Peter HODGES Mary MATHEWS
29/01/1758 William JONES Mary VICK Single
06/08/1760 William EVANS Mary JONES
05/05/1763 William GRIFFITHS Margaret MORGAN Single
14/05/1764 Richard COX Woolhope Elizabeth JONES
24/10/1765 William JONES Rachael GREEN
04/04/1768 John WAR Elizabeth GREEN
18/06/1768 Thomas WILLIAMS Single Woolhope Susanna TOMS Single
03/07/1770 Richard BANDY Single Ann PRITCHARD Single
05/06/1772 William GAMMON Sarah LOVERIDGE Single
30/11/1773 John MORGAN Single Much Birch Ann MORRIS Single
13/02/1774 Samuel REYNOLDS Single Newent, Gloucestershire Susanna PREECE Single
19/04/1774 John YATES Margaret RICKETS
19/09/1775 Edward JERVIS Mary PINCH
02/11/1775 George SEAL Single Ann WATKINS Single Woolhope
07/10/1777 William LLOYD Marden Elizabeth BARRET Single
23/09/1779 John PARRY Single Sarah JEFFRIES Widow
07/12/1779 James MAYS Fownhope Ann TRIGG
07/09/1780 Robert MUTLEY Single Ann GWATKIN Single
27/05/1786 John WHETSTONE Single Mary CHAMBERLAINE Single
30/07/1787 William LANE Single Ann BROWN Single
15/10/1789 William BURRUP Single Woolhope Elizabeth GAMMOND Single
21/01/1790 John SMITH Single Mary COX Single
29/08/1790 John COLLINS Single Elizabeth PARSON Single
01/04/1793 Joseph EDWARDS Elizabeth PARRY
17/06/1793 James HARRIS Single Sarah BANASTER Single
06/04/1794 William JONES Ann EVANS Single
31/03/1796 Thomas BUNDY Annabelle DAVIS
19/04/1796 John NORBURY Single Hannah HOOPER Single
25/05/1797 Thomas GAMMOND Single Much Marcle Jane INNS Single
06/08/1799 Robert APPERLEY Sarah HODGES
21/07/1800 Joseph DAVIS Mary PROSSER
14/02/1803 Richard MATTHEWS Catharine GURNEY
24/10/1803 Cyrus BINMORE Hannah BARNES
14/02/1804 Thomas NORBURY Woolhope Mary JONES
04/10/1804 Richard PHILLIPS Elizabeth DAVIS
18/07/1805 Joseph GRUNDY Single Woolhope Mary GAMMOND Single
28/05/1807 Thomas ADDIS Single Mary HARTLAND
19/06/1807 James BUNTON Woolhope Anne PREECE
28/07/1807 John INNS Single Sarah MAYO Single
05/02/1808 William GAMMOND Single Letitia GRUNDY Single Pauntley, Gloucestershire
24/05/1808 John COLLING Anne GAMMOND
08/06/1808 Joseph RICHARDSON Single Newent, Gloucestershire Hester HARTLAND Single
18/05/1809 John GARRET Single Mary STRUDLAND Single
12/06/1810 Robert THOMAS Jane MUTLOW
12/06/1810 James NURTON Jane THOMAS
09/11/1812 Benjamin PREECE Anne JONES
19/02/1822 Richard MORRIS Single Elizabeth MATTHEWS
02/03/1824 John COOKE Single Dormington Elizabeth JONES Single
14/04/1824 John INNS Single Maria MUTLOW Single
25/06/1824 Richard BOULTER Single Orcop Hannah BURFORD Single
15/11/1824 John GREEN Single Mary INNS Single
15/10/1825 John BEVAN Single Much Marcle Anne EDWARDS Single How Caple
22/05/1826 William BOURNE Single Rebecca GOODE Single
20/10/1826 James CHADNEY Widower Elizabeth PYE Widow Yarkhill
17/10/1827 John DAVID Single Elizabeth MOOR Single
28/01/1828 Joseph THACKWAY Single Mary Anne HALL Single
18/09/1828 William BUNDY Single Catharine POWELL Single
21/05/1829 William HODGES Single Elinor PYE Single
01/08/1831 Henry CLARKE Single Elizabeth ELIAS Single
04/10/1832 James TOMNEY Widower Anne PAIN Widow
17/07/1833 William THOMAS Single Elizabeth THACKWELL Single

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