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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Stapleford St Mary


The Parish

The parish of Stapleford lies in south central Hertfordshire on the western banks of the River Beane and about 3 miles north of the county town of Hertford. Stapleford is a small and rather linear village built along the A119 road which connects Hertford with Stevenage. Modern communications also pass through the rail line from Hertford to Stevenage also passes through the village albeit without a station stop. Stapleford would have been a largely arable agricultural community at the time of this transcript and little has changed beyond a few extra houses and cottages. The Beane drains the parish southwards, joining the Lea at Hertford and reaching the Thames Estuary through the East End of London and thence the North Sea through the Thames Estuary. In its valley setting Stapleford is sited at around 50 metres above the sea, the landscape is gently rolling with local heights reaching almost 130 metres at nearby Bull Green. Stapleford parish was one of the smaller in the area, it covered almost 1,500 acres and would have supported a population of around 250 parishioners. There is no specific mention of Stapleford in Domesday Book.

The Church

St Mary's church is distanced from the village being sited across the Beane on its eastern banks. The church has ancient origins yet preserves very little to prove that origin. The northern doorway shows Norman Romanesque features whilst the chancel has a window from the early English Gothic period of the 13th century. Whilst much else is later and shows the variety of style consistent with almost continuous alteration, the most noticeable piece is the unusually placed tower. Most towers are place at the western end but here it sits incongruously on the northern side midway, it was built in 1874 during extensive Victorian alterations, with porch below, weather-boarding and a spire it is certainly unusual. To reach the church one crosses the Beane on Church Lane and after a field turn right into the access road where there is parking available. Quite bushy trees crowd the views of that tower but from the south there are more open aspects.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 10th August 1755 - 4th November 1810 Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies - Reference - D/P/104/1/4 Standard preprinted and self-numbered combined Banns & Marriage register with 4 entries per page Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None
2 20th December 1814 - 15th April 1837 Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies - Reference - D/P/104/1/5 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None

Watton at Stone St Andrew & St Mary
Watton at Stone St Andrew & St Mary
Watton at Stone St Andrew & St Mary
Bramfield St Andrew
Sacombe St Catherine
Bengeo St Leonard
Bramfield St Andrew
Bramfield St Andrew
Bengeo St Leonard
Bengeo St Leonard

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 10/08/1755 William LAWRENCE     Ann FRANCES Single  
2 13/10/1755 William BILTON     Elizabeth LUCY Single  
4 27/11/1758 Thomas TYLER     Sarah WRIGHT Single  
6 14/04/1760 William CAWDALE   All Saints, Hertford Ann HUGHES    
8 02/02/1761 James CARTER Widower   Elizabeth TOFTS    
9 04/02/1761 Daniel WRENN   Ware Judith SWAIN Single  
10 07/11/1763 Thomas SALE   Bengeo Sarah THOMPSON    
11 24/04/1764 William BARR     Ann LINCOLN    
12 02/08/1764 James FRENCH     Rebecca JEFFREYS    
13 18/05/1765 William NOTTAGE     Jane WALKER   Furneux Pelham
14 09/01/1766 Robert GIBBONS   Little Berkhamsted Susanna BRUTON    
15 18/04/1768 Thomas PERRY     Sarah MUMFORD    
161 18/11/1769 Benjamin MITCHELL     Mary CAMFIELD    
162 06/05/1770 Samuel SPRINGERS     Mary HANKINS    
163 05/08/1770 George WATERMAN     Mary BARR    
164 11/10/1770 William BROWNE     Hannah MEAGRE    
163 27/10/1770 John PECK   Bengeo Sarah LUCY    
164 08/01/1771 John PEARSON     Sarah IVES    
165 01/04/1771 James BARR     Liddy ELLIS    
166 24/02/1772 John PECK     Mary WOOLLEN    
167 05/10/1773 Thomas PEACOCK     Ann BARR    
168 13/02/1775 John CHALKLEY   Aston Ann BOCOCK    
169 27/04/1775 James HALLS   Datchworth Susannah MARDELL    
171 13/06/1775 Nathaniel ALDRIDGE   Watton At Stone Phillis TYLER    
170 18/09/1775 Richard LAWRENCE     Hannah HILLS    
172 16/09/1776 James PEACOCK Single   Sarah CAMFIELD    
132 27/01/1777 Joseph PAPPER     Mary INGERTHORPE    
134 11/08/1777 William MILES     Elizabeth CAMFIELD    
135 27/03/1778 Benjamin DRAIGE     Elizabeth CARTER    
136 26/10/1778 John RAY     Sarah GRAPES    
137 12/10/1779 Gillet DRAGE     Ruth EUSTON    
14/12/1780 John CAMFIELD     Elizabeth KERBY   All Saints, Hertford
27/02/1781 William SUMMERS     Sarah SMITH    
15/04/1781 William DAY     Mary GODFREY    
11/04/1782 James TIPLER     Elizabeth SMITH    
24/10/1785 William WARREN     Sarah DAY    
25/04/1786 William STOTEN   Sacombe Mary TYLER    
05/11/1787 Daniel BURTON     Sarah SPICER    
24/12/1787 Edward COUGHLIN     Lydia HULKS    
09/04/1788 William WILLIAMS     Elizabeth GAGGERS    
23/02/1789 William SWALLOW     Ann TAYLOR    
26/10/1790 John EMMOTT     Ann Frances BRADLEY    
13/10/1792 John SPENCER     Martha ANDREWS    
24/11/1792 John TYLER   Bengeo Sarah PETERS    
23/11/1793 Peter ASSOTT   Thundridge Mary CHILDS    
30/09/1794 Edward TAYLOR   Watton At Stone Frances CLAPHAM    
13/10/1794 William GRAY     Mary CROUCH    
22/10/1795 Thomas PERRY   All Saints, Hertford Ann LAWRENCE    
18/01/1796 Edward EMMET Single Watton At Stone Mary CLAPHAM Single  
21/02/1797 Nathan SMITH Single Stanstead Abbots Mary POOLE Single  
21/05/1798 Thomas BLORE Widower   Dorothy GELL Widow  
22/07/1798 Thomas HAWKINS     Mary PENNYFATHER Single  
21/01/1799 George BYGRAVES     Sarah NEWLAND Single  
24/12/1801 Absolom TINSLEY     Sarah PEACOCK Single  
08/01/1802 John SPENCER Widower   Mary ALDERRIDGE Single  
18/10/1802 Thomas CAWDLE     Susannah MUSK Single  
17/02/1804 John TIPLER     Grace SHUFFLE    
03/04/1804 Joseph DRAKE   Steeple Bumpstead, Essex Anne JACKSON Single  
13/10/1804 William HAWKES Single   Elizabeth CRANE Single  
20/12/1804 Benjamin ALDRIDGE Single   Mary PRUTTON Single  
02/11/1805 John BILTON Single   Parthian DRAGE Single  
06/06/1807 Daniel DRAGE Single   Sarah TIPLER Single Thundridge
03/09/1807 John HICKMAN   Bayford Ann PHIPPS    
15/05/1808 Benjamin STEWARD Single   Diana TAYLOR Single Hertingfordbury
24/02/1809 William ACRES Single   Susanna MUMFORD Single  
22/07/1809 James BILTON Single   Elizabeth SMITH Single Watton At Stone
10/05/1810 Joseph JACKSON Single   Elizabeth THEOBALD Single  
04/10/1810 William PHIPPS Single Hertingfordbury Hannah PECK Single  
04/11/1810 Thomas SHUFFLE Single   Margery PENNYFATHER Single  
1 20/12/1814 Joseph JACKSON Widower   Ann SPENCER   All Saints, Hertford
2 18/02/1815 Joseph BILTON     Hannah CHALKLEY   Widford
3 17/02/1816 Daniel TIPTON Single   Sarah CLEMENTS Single  
4 23/06/1816 James BROWN     Hannah DRAPER   Bramfield
5 20/11/1816 William CLAPHAM     Sarah LUCAS   Bengeo
6 14/05/1819 Joseph TEMPLEMAN   Bramfield Sarah ALLEN    
7 06/12/1819 John MUMFORD Single Sacombe Sarah RANDALL    
8 04/03/1820 Thomas GEAR Single Bengeo Susannah DAY Single  
9 22/03/1823 Joseph MOWBRAY   Watton At Stone Ann BERRY    
10 20/03/1824 Edward TIPLER Single   Mary CHAPPLE Single Great Munden
11 26/12/1825 James WARD     Elizabeth TIPLER    
12 22/07/1826 William WRIGHT   Bengeo Susanna WIGGS    
13 28/10/1826 Thomas BURTON   Watton At Stone Sarah TIPLER    
14 18/07/1828 William TAYLOR Single   Ann ALDRIDGE Single  
15 30/12/1828 William WALDOCK Single   Hester MARDELL Single  
16 09/09/1829 William SPENCER Single   Julia ROCHFORD Single  
17 21/11/1829 William SHARPE Single   Denney IVES Single  
18 02/07/1830 James BATEMAN Single Ware Mary CHAPMAN Single  
19 27/12/1830 Daniel DRAGE Widower   Mary HAWKINS Widow  
20 19/07/1831 James TIPLER Single   Elizabeth CAMPKIN Single  
21 06/08/1831 John SAUNDERS Single Hitchin Sarah BILTON Single  
22 19/05/1832 Thomas STARKISS Single   Sarah AKERS Single  
23 12/08/1832 John SHAMBROOK Widower   Hannah DICKERSON Widow  
24 13/01/1833 Thomas DRING     Susan LATHAM    
25 18/03/1834 James AMISS   Bromsgrove, Worcestershire Sarah PALLETT    
26 21/06/1834 Richard WILTSHIRE Single   Mary Ann BILTON Single  
27 01/11/1834 Samuel CAMPKIN Single   Elizabeth TIPLER Single  
28 26/12/1835 Samuel CRAIN Single   Elizabeth FARROW Single  
29 25/11/1836 William ALDRIDGE Single   Sarah ACRES Single  
30 15/04/1837 Daniel AKERS Single   Elizabeth SADLER Single  

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