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


The Parish

The parish of Wilcrick lies in southern Monmouthshire not too far from its southern, Bristol Channel coast. Wilcrick is a tiny place, a collection of farm located 6 miles east of the port of Newport. Wilcrick sits on the B4245 road which links Magor with the main A48 (Newport to Chepstow) road. The cluster of farms that is all that exists of Wilcrick sits at the base of Wilcrick Hill, topped by earthworks of a fort site of the Iron Age. This tiny parish would have been mainly engaged in farming, whilst pastoral farming was dominant some arable also occurred. Today Wilcrick is little more than a name on a map, the hill and fort being the principal interest, modern developments have intruded into this rural setting, Brunel's Great Western Railway line runs through the south of the parish whilst just north lies the modern M4 motorway. The Gwent Levels, Wilcrick sits on their northern edge, are heavily man-influenced and a series of modified drains leads most drainage to the Bristol Channel through Magor Pill. Wilcrick parish was tiny, covering just 400 acres it would only have supported at its height fewer than 50 parishioners. Like most of Wales Wilcrick is not mentioned in Domesday Book which has scant coverage of this border region.

The Church

St Mary's church sits at the foot of Wilcrick Hill embedded in a copse of woodland. A simple small church of nave & chancel, the latter smaller and lower, and the western end topped by a bellcote. Whilst scant evidence of earlier origins exists, a single dated stone of 1621, the church was almost totally rebuilt in 1860 and is thus considered a Victorian replacement for anything medieval. Internally the wagon vault of the nave also suggests something medieval but Pevsner does not give an indicative date. A narrow lane leads south from the B4245 and where it jinks right a lane carries on ahead, the church is offset to the left and almost invisible within its bank of trees. Those trees crowd tightly around making for a difficult photographic subject. 

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
20th October 1760 - 4th August 1808
National Library of Wales
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
The register prior to 1813 does not survive, these few records were retrieved from extant BTs which are of the usual mixed quality and certainly contain missing years and possibkle omissions
2 17th May 1814 - 26th February 1827 Gwent Archives - Reference - D/Pa.96.2 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None

Bishton St Cadwalader
Llanmartin St Martin
Magor St Mary
Bishton St Cadwalader
Magor St Mary
Bishton St Cadwalader
Magor St Mary
Magor St Mary

Register Reference Date Groom Forename Groom Surname Groom Status Groom Abode Bride Forename Bride Surname Bride Status Bride Abode
20/10/1760 John PRICHARD Mary PICK Widow
15/09/1761 William MORGAN Llanmartin Mary HARRY
19/11/1762 William POWELL Mary DAVIES Widow
03/05/1773 Thomas GILES Cecil DAVID
13/05/1777 William LEWIS Rachel PROZER
24/12/1782 William COOPER Winifrid WILLIAMS
25/06/1804 Edmund PHILLIPS Single Elizabeth BRANSON Single
30/06/1804 John SMITHERS Single Elizabeth JONES Single
04/08/1804 Robert RICHMOND Widower Elizabeth EDMUND Widow
1 17/05/1814 William HARRY Widower Elizabeth PAYNE Single
2 25/10/1814 George WATTS Single Mary HARRIS Single
3 25/05/1815 Phillip PRITCHARD Single Kemeys Inferior Elizabeth JAMES
4 08/05/1817 John KING Sarah HOPTON
5 20/06/1820 Benjamin WILLIAMS Widower Christchurch Mary WILLIAMS Single
6 06/07/1820 Edward WILLIAMS Widower Jane EDWARDS Single Undy
7 15/10/1822 Leonard JONES Single Llanvaches Sarah HARRY Single
7 28/06/1825 Edmund HOSKINS St Brides Netherwent Elizabeth ROSSER
8 26/02/1827 William BAKER Single Martha ASHFIELD Single Nash

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