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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Ridley St Peter


The Parish

The parish of Ridley lies in northwestern Kent about 7 miles southwest of the port of Gravesend, Ridley sits just over 2 miles west of the A227 road which connects Gravesend through to Tonbridge. Ridley is a tiny place, with no defined village it is a mere scatter of farms and cottages high on the North Downs. The A227 road follows a high ridge across the Downs and Ridley sits on a western extension with views across a dry valley to its west. A small arable farming community at the time of this transcript little has changed in this quiet corner of the county. Ridley sits on porous chalk so there is little or no surface drainage, what water there is makes its way largely underground and northwards merging towards the River Darent which reaches the outer Thames Estuary at Dartford. Ridley is sited at around 150 metres above the sea but land continues to rise to the scarp crest of the North Downs reaching local heights of just over 230 metres before plunging into The Weald. Even in a county with many small parishes Ridley was one of the smallest, it covered just over 800 acres and would have barely supported 100 parishioners. In Domesday times Ridley was an equally small place, held by Bishop Odo of Bayeux it offered just 4 ploughs together with small meadows & woodland.

The Church

St Peter's church sits on the western side of Ridley Hill at the point where it levels off from its climb out of the dry valley, Ridley Court Farm sits alongside as its only accompaniment. Despite the tiny size of the congregation St Peter has ancient origins, the nave being late 11th or early 12th century and Norman Romanesque in style. The chancel is also fairly old being from the 13th century. Both pieces were, however, extensively restored in the 19th century, the nave in 1834 and the chancel in the 1850s when both porches were rebuilt too. Ridley Hill is narrow and the church is screened as one approaches from the southwest, a delightful scene of angel and thatched seat greets as one arrives at the site, where there is careful parking as long as one avoids blocking entrance to the farm. Wooden gates grant entry to a compact churchyard, there are many trees at both eastern and western ends which do somewhat restrict the angles available for photography, the best views are from the roadside.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
18th October 1755 - 3rd August 1811
Medway Archives Centre - Reference - P299/1/4
Standard preprinted and self-numbered Marriage register with 4 entries per page
Grade 1 Register - Few issues noted and a low likelihood of misreads
2 1st April 1815 - 7th September 1829 Medway Archives Centre - Reference - P299/1/5 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 1 Register - Few issues noted and a low likelihood of misreads None

Ash next Ridley St Peter & St Paul
Ash next Ridley St Peter & St Paul
Meopham St John the Baptist
Ash next Ridley St Peter & St Paul
Meopham St John the Baptist
Ash next Ridley St Peter & St Paul
Ash next Ridley St Peter & St Paul
Meopham St John the Baptist

Register Reference Date Groom Forename Groom Surname Groom Status Groom Abode Bride Forename Bride Surname Bride Status Bride Abode
1 18/10/1755 John CURTIS Jane KING
2 02/02/1763 John DAVIS Single Ash Next Ridley Priscilla LEE Single
3 21/10/1766 Richard GROVE Sarah LEE
4 11/12/1766 William GEORGE Single Dorothy WEBSTER Single Northfleet
5 21/12/1768 John ALLEN Ash Next Ridley Elizabeth WINSON
6 30/07/1769 William LONGCURST Sarah GROVES Widow
7 10/10/1769 Edward RUSSEL Catharine WICKENS Single
8 12/05/1773 William FARRANT Single Kingsdown Mercy WINSON
9 01/11/1773 Thomas ADKINS Single Elizabeth WILLIAMS Single
15/10/1774 Thomas ASHENDEN Single Ash Next Ridley Hannah MILLS Single
12/10/1775 William WICKENDEN Single Angela LEE Single
11/12/1775 Timothy WELLS Single Kingsdown Margaret OUNSTED Single
01/06/1776 Peter LEE Single Susannah OUNSTED Single Hartley
08/04/1777 Robert GRUNDY Single Sarah SEAMARK Single
24/08/1778 Francis HUMPHRYS Single Martha SEAMARK Single
10/10/1779 Edmund WEEMSTEAD Single Elizabeth ADKINS Widow
15/10/1780 George CHAPMAN Single Chevening Lydia LUTCHFORD Single
23/02/1781 John STONE Single Valentina WILLIAMSHURST Single
24/07/1782 John WINSON Single Mary WHITE Widow
31/12/1783 James WINSON Single Elizabeth BARGROVE Widow Southfleet
05/09/1790 John CUMBER Single Elizabeth BALDWIN Single
02/04/1793 William WHEADEN Widower Angel WICKENDEN Widow
30/03/1796 Charles CURTISS Single Mary OUTRED Single
27/11/1797 Thomas MARTIN Single Elizabeth ASHENDEN Single
05/11/1798 Mark PARIS Single Mary STEVENS Single
06/11/1798 William STEVENS Single Elizabeth GUNNEL Single
23/12/1799 William LANGFORD Single Sarah DULTON Single
17/01/1801 Richard RUSSEL Single Sarah SHARP Single
25/09/1802 Thomas OVERY Mary WICKENDEN
20/10/1802 Thomas BLACKMAN Jane STEVENS
15/10/1807 Thomas GILL Jane GRAHAM
24/04/1808 William PARTRIDGE Amey SMITH
03/08/1811 John LEE Catharine STEVENS
7 01/04/1815 William GREEN Mary Thurrow WILLIAMS
8 28/10/1816 James WICKENDEN Single Mary DAVIES Single Meopham
9 10/08/1827 Henry WICKHAM Single Sarah LATTER Single
10 07/09/1829 John STONEHAM Single Maria LANGFORD Single

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