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


The Parish

The parish of Winforton lies in western Herefordshire close to its border with Wales & neighbouring Radnorshire. Winforton is located in a remote area about 4 miles northeast of the market town of Hay on Wye. Winforton is a linear village built along the A438 road which links Hereford to Brecon. The employment around Winforton would have been almost exclusively pastoral farming, the village sits in the flood plain of the River Wye and the parish possesses many small green fields within that plain and the rising slopes to its north. The south of the parish is dominated by the Wye valley, the north by gently undulating pastoral countryside. The Wye, of course, is one of the major draining rivers of eastern Wales, flowing eastwards to join the Bristol Channel close to Chepstow. Winforton is sited at 70 metres above the sea, land beyond the Wye rise steeply to local heights of over 300 metres on Merbach Hill. By the standards of the Marches Winforton was a small parish, it covered just over 1,000 acres and supported around 180 parishioners. In Domesday times the land was held by one Ralph of Tosny and boasted 11 ploughs.

The Church

St Michael's church sits on the southern side of the A438 accessed by a short lane. The church has been much restored over the Victorian period, both nave and chancel largely date from the 1890s, the strange western tower is the earliest portion of the building, dated by Pevsner to the 16th century. This feature with its displayed timber studding is certainly the building's centrepiece and main distinguishing feature. Church Lane, which loops southwards around the site to a car park, gives access through a white-painted kissing gate to the graveyard. There is a lot of trees about and angles are restricted, especially to the western end of the site, but adequate photography can be achieved.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 26th July 1756 - 4th March 1810 Herefordshire Archives & Record Centre - Reference - AD59/3 Plain, ruled & bordered book containing combined Banns & Marriages Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None
2 5th October 1815 - 21st May 1835 Herefordshire Archives & Record Centre - Reference - AF60/1 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 1 Register - Few issues noted and a low likelihood of misreads None

Whitney St Peter & St Paul
Eardisley St Mary Magdalene
Eardisley St Mary Magdalene
Whitney St Peter & St Paul
Willersley St Mary Magdalene
Clifford St Mary
Clifford St Mary
Bredwardine 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
26/07/1756 John GRIFFITHS     Elizabeth GRIFFITHS    
07/07/1758 Edward BLASHFIELD     Judith POWELL    
07/07/1758 William POWELL     Elizabeth BLASHFIELD    
04/09/1758 Theophilus WATKINS   Llandeilo Graban, Radnorshire Mary LEWIS    
22/12/1758 John APPERLEY     Jane LEWIS    
31/05/1761 Thomas LLOYD     Anne PRICE    
29/06/1761 Francis PROSSER     Elizabeth PRICE    
12/10/1761 William BORROUGH     Mary BISHOP    
29/11/1761 Thomas BADHAM     Anne APPERLEY    
10/12/1761 John RICHARDS   Eardisley Anne CANE    
16/02/1767 Richard WATKINS   Eardisley Hester MAGNASS    
09/05/1767 James BAYLIS     Elianor PREECE    
08/06/1767 George CARTWRIGHT     Magdalen PRICE    
27/11/1768 Richard BIDDLE   Whitney Ann BITHEL    
17/12/1768 Edward PRICHARD     Eleanor COX    
30/04/1769 Richard STEPHENS   Sarnesfield Elianor FERROR    
01/07/1769 William WILLEY     Mary BAYNHAM    
17/09/1769 James DAVIS     Mary COLLINS    
12/11/1769 Thomas BARNES   Wing, Buckinghamshire Alice MAGNUS    
25/02/1770 Evan VAUGHAN     Ann CHANCE    
30/03/1770 Benjamin FERROR     Jennett SKIPP    
12/06/1770 James JONES     Catherine CARTWRIGHT    
29/09/1771 Richard BEDFORD     Catherine DAVIS    
02/01/1772 Samuel MEEKE   Kington Mary APPERLEY    
25/05/1772 John JONES     Milbrow DAVIS    
08/06/1772 Thomas PRICE     Mary WILLIAMS    
28/02/1775 Timothy PRITCHARD Single Staunton On Wye Ann THOMAS Single  
02/10/1775 Henry WILLIAMS   Whitney Annamira SAVIGAR    
22/08/1777 John BEVAN     Mary MORGAN   Gladestry, Radnorshire
04/10/1777 David GRIFFITHS   Peterchurch Catherine LEWIS    
07/05/1779 John HUGHES     Elizabeth ARROWSMITH    
29/10/1779 Thomas VAUGHAN   Whitney Sarah MAGNES    
05/11/1780 William MOTLEY     Elizabeth BAYNHAM    
03/02/1782 William WILLIAMS     Alice MASON    
30/10/1785 Charles PHILLIPS     Elizabeth WEAL    
17/11/1785 William LAWRENCE   Bryngwyn, Radnorshire Mary BADHAM    
21/05/1786 John KINSEY     Sarah MERIDITH   Brilley
24/01/1790 John PROSSER     Ann DAVIS    
24/05/1792 Thomas LEWIS   Staunton On Wye Dinah LLOYD    
18/11/1793 William DAVIES   New Radnor, Radnorshire Hannah ABERLEY    
26/12/1793 Thomas SYMONDS     Nancy JONES    
31/05/1796 John HILL Single   Sarah PRICE Widow  
22/12/1796 John PUGH   Eardisley Mary RICHARDS    
31/03/1797 William DUNN     Mary WATKINS    
22/11/1798 William TUNSTALL   Almeley Ann TANNER    
05/12/1798 Thomas PROSSER   Clifford Ann HIGGINS    
05/08/1799 William DEYKES   Kington Anne STEPHENS    
30/11/1799 Benjamin MORRIS     Catharine HILL    
17/03/1803 John POWIS   Staunton On Arrow Eleanor BAYLIS    
01/06/1803 Richard EAST   Eardisley Ann BADHAM    
05/12/1803 William BAYLIS   Clifford Ann BAYLIS    
17/11/1804 John LEWIS Single   Elizabeth JONES Single  
15/04/1805 William WILLIAMS Single   Elizabeth WATKINS Single  
31/05/1806 Walter PROSSER   Letton Mary NICHOLAS    
16/10/1806 Francis LEWIS Single   Margaret BEDFORD Single  
19/02/1807 John JONES Single Eardisley Jane BENJOUGH Single  
03/04/1807 Benjamin THOMAS Single Bredwardine Mary PREECE Single  
21/04/1807 John JONES     Mary GRIFFITHS Single  
11/07/1807 Silvanus WILLIAMS   Brilley Gwenny JONES Single  
17/05/1808 John BROWN Single   Jane THOMAS Widow  
04/07/1808 John MAYBRAY Widower Eardisley Sarah HILL Widow  
28/07/1808 William HILL Single   Mary EVANS Single Huntington By Kington
15/01/1810 Moses FERRIS Single   Susannah YARNOLD Widow Hallow, Worcestershire
02/02/1810 James EVANS Single   Jane APPERLEY Single  
04/03/1810 Thomas POWELL Single   Jane HIGGINS Single  
1 05/10/1815 William PUGH   Eardisley Elizabeth JONES    
4 20/10/1816 James CRUMP   Brilley Mary PARSONS    
5 12/02/1822 Richard HIGGINS     Mary POWELL    
6 27/01/1823 James DREW Single Kington Jane PRICE Single  
7 05/04/1824 Samuel GREEN     Sarah JONES    
8 25/11/1824 Richard CARPENTER   All Saints, Hereford Mary SYMONDS    
9 18/01/1829 John DAVIES     Mary Ann MAINWARING   Eardisley
10 18/05/1829 Joseph GOODES   Peterchurch Sarah WATKINS    
11 03/12/1829 Walter HILL     Mary RICHARDS    
12 01/10/1832 James PHILLIPS     Lydia RICHARDS    
13 03/04/1834 John SNEAD   Clyro, Radnorshire Harriett RICHARDS    
14 03/05/1834 George RICHARDS     Mary SNEAD   Clyro, Radnorshire
15 14/09/1834 John LEWIS   Whitney Margaret ROBERTS    
16 27/09/1834 George JENKINS Single   Catherine WALL Single  
17 21/05/1835 John BROWN     Mary TURNER    

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