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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Throcking Holy Trinity


The Parish

The parish of Throcking lies in northeastern Hertfordshire, it is located about 2 miles northwest of the large village of Buntingford. Throcking is little more than a hamlet and has been such since it was largely deserted in the later Middle Ages. Throcking's property largely sits on a square of lanes about a half mile north of the A507 road which links Buntingford with Baldock. The area is one of the highest within the low county of Hertfordshire standing as it is underlain by chalk. The area supports arable agriculture in large and open fields, an area of "big skies". The parish is drained by a small stream running along the attractively named "Thistley Vale", this joins the River Rib before running southwards to meet the Thames and the North Sea via the Lea. Throcking is sited at around 140 metres above the sea, some 40 metres or so above the valley of the Rib. By the standards of Hertfordshire Throcking was a small parish, it covered just over 900 acres and supported a tiny population of just over 60 parishioners. In Domesday Times Throcking was still small yet shared between no less than 4 landholders each having just a small piece, the entries mention collectively just 3 ploughs and some small meadows.

The Church

Holy Trinity church stands at the northeastern corner of Throcking's square of lanes. The church has structure from two distinct eras, the oldest is the western tower which has its origins in the 13th century albeit added to in the 17th. The remainder of the church dates from the Perpendicular period of late 14th or early 15th centuries, the great church building era of England. The church is small and almost square there being no chancel as such. The church is surrounded almost entirely by a screening wall of mature trees, it is largely hidden from the lanes except from the south. It is at the southern side that entry is found, a pair of wooden gates piercing the screening trees. Once inside, however, all is much more open and there are no impediments to photography.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 21st September 1754 - 28th December 1812 Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies - Reference - DP/109/1/2
Standard preprinted and self-numbered Marriage register with 4 entries per page Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None
2 15th August 1813 - 8th October 1836 Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies - Reference - DP/109/1/3 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 1 Register - Few issues noted and a low likelihood of misreads None

Sandon All Saints
Layston St Bartholomew (detached)
Buckland St Andrew
Buckland St Andrew
Cottered St John the Baptist
Layston St Bartholomew
Aspenden St Mary
Aspenden St Mary
Layston 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
18/02/1754 John SHEPHERD   Sandon Mary EDWARDS   Sandon
23/03/1754 Richard CORDERY   Buckland Ann HALL   Aspenden
1 21/09/1754 Francis KIMPTON Single   Hannah PETTIT Single Ware
2 14/03/1757 James SMITH Widower   Mary WORTHAM Widow  
3 08/11/1757 Joseph LAWRENCE Single Litlington, Cambridgeshire Sarah JOYCE Single  
4 18/07/1758 Samuel HOPKINS Single   Ann RUSH Single Chrishall, Essex
5 15/11/1759 John GOODING Single Broxbourne Ann JOYCE Single  
6 30/09/1763 William NEWLAND Single   Mary KENSEY Single  
7 14/05/1767 John SALMON Single   Phoebe WRIGHT Single  
8 12/11/1767 Joseph CLEMENTS Single Layston Hannah JOYCE Single  
9 09/08/1769 John OAKLY Single   Elizabeth HOUSE Single  
10 04/12/1769 John JOYCE Single   Sarah HAGGER Single Aspenden
11 11/10/1773 James CATLEN     Mary WHATSON   Cottered
12 10/04/1774 William CAMPE     Mary GAZEWOOD    
13 12/10/1774 William ROBERTSON   Sandon Sarah LELY    
14 22/05/1775 Thomas CHERRY   Great Hormead Hannah HAYDEN    
15 12/10/1780 Thomas GAZWOOD   Cottered Ann GEAPES    
16 20/02/1786 William MORLEY   Cottered Sarah WARREN    
17 03/02/1788 Joseph COOPER     Ann COOPER    
18 27/07/1789 Samuel PORTER   St Albans Esther PIGOT    
19 29/12/1791 Richard WADE   St George The Martyr, Middlesex Mary HAYDEN    
20 08/05/1792 William HALE     Elizabeth BEALE    
21 30/12/1795 Daniel SMITH   St Marylebone, Middlesex Esther HAYDEN    
22 09/10/1797 James WOOTTON     Elizabeth SEWELL    
23 11/10/1797 Thomas WALLER     Lydia STEWARD    
24 16/10/1799 Henry PATMAN     Ann WICK    
25 26/10/1799 John NIGHTS     Mary MOLES    
26 14/12/1799 George CATLEY Widower   Mary WYTHE Single Lambeth, Surrey
27 22/10/1803 Edward BYATT     Sarah HEAD    
28 23/01/1804 Edward LAMPIN   Standon Sarah HAYDEN    
29 29/11/1804 Benjamin GARDNER Single   Martha PHILLIPS Widow  
30 24/10/1805 John HURRY Single Buckland Alice DRAGE Single  
31 12/07/1807 Allen HOPKINS Single   Amelia BRAD Single  
32 30/06/1810 James HAYNES Single   Elizabeth HUNT Single  
33 28/12/1810 Benjamin ARLETT Single St George The Martyr, Middlesex Ann BUSH Single  
1 15/08/1813 Joseph BEADLE     Susan SMITH    
2 15/05/1815 Henry Square GLASKIT Single Great Hormead Sarah CHAPPLE Single  
3 13/05/1820 Thomas CLEMENTS     Mary BRAD    
4 25/08/1822 Ambrose WOOD     Sarah HUMMERSTON   Cottered
5 21/01/1823 Thomas BRAY   Chelsea, Middlesex Hannah PLYER    
6 15/03/1824 William TITMASH Single Woodford, Essex Sarah DOWTEN Single  
7 04/06/1827 William HUMMERSON   Braughing Rachel COXALL    
8 12/04/1828 William WOOD Single   Elizabeth PRIOR Single Westmill
9 09/06/1836 Walter FRENCH Single Buckland Ann WYMAN Single  
10 08/10/1836 William HUNT Single   Marianne GAME Single  

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