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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
West Barsham The Assumption


The Parish

The parish of West Barsham lies in northwestern Norfolk about 3 miles northwest of the market town of Fakenham. West Barsham is little more than a hamlet and sits just to the east of the B1105 road which links fakenham with Wells next the Sea. All there is to West Barsham is a few cottages associated with the church & hall and it has never been a populous place. West Barsham sits on the western edge of the valley of the River Stiffkey where land rises up to the northwestern chalky downlands of northwestern Norfolk. As such it would have provided both arable, on the hills, and pastoral, in the valley, opportunities for employment. The River Stiffkey is draining northwards to reach the sea just to the east of Stiffkey itself and opposite Blakeney Point. West Barsham is sited at around 40 metres above the sea but land rises to the west to almost 60 metres. Despite the small population of barely 80 parishioners West Barsham parish was of a size typical in Norfolk, it covered almost 1,600 acres. In Domesday times West Barsham was reported jointly with its larger neighbour of east Barsham and was shared between one William of Warenne and the King's own holdings. The pair were fairly wealthy offering 15 ploughs, meadows, woodland and an impressive 8 mills.

The Church

The Assumption church sits on the narrow lane of Grove Road where most of the parish's properties sit, it is at the eastern end where it performs a sharp left right-angled turn. The building is one of the oldest churches in Norfolk with many Norman and indeed Saxon features remaining. Whilst only windows remain from the Saxon period, there are traces of a central tower dating from that era. The rather plain doorway is the principal Norman feature, the chancel and probably the nave are later and 13th century using the Decorated style. Of course the Victorians had their way and there was an extensive restoration also in the mid 20th century. The church stands behind a low flint wall topped with brick, a short path at the southern end leads to a wooden gate granting access to the churchyard. The building is rather hemmed in from both north and east by trees which somewhat restricts the angles available for photography.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 12th January 1773 - 31st October 1810 Norfolk Record Office Bishop's & Archdeacon'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 has been lost and these records were retrieved from the extant Bishop's & Archdeacon's copies. The quality is poor leading to a likelihood of misreads and there are gaps leading to a certainty of omission
2 27th February 1813 - 14th August 1836 At time of completion this register remained with the parish but film & digitised images are available in the public domain Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None

South Creake St Mary the Virgin
Waterden All Saints
North Barsham All Saints
North Barsham All Saints
South Creake St Mary the Virgin
East Barsham All Saints
Sculthorpe St Mary & All Saints
Sculthorpe St Mary & All Saints
Sculthorpe St Mary & All Saints

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
12/01/1773 Thomas CURTIS Single   Mary LEE Single  
25/01/1773 William BARNES Single   Margaret NORMAN Single  
02/10/1776 Robert RANDALL Single Swaffham Elizabeth DUSGATE Single  
25/04/1777 Thomas WALDEN Single   Anne BEE Single Didlington
07/07/1777 William ELY Widower East Barsham Mary PANK Single  
22/09/1778 John WERRELL Single   Elizabeth BELL Single  
20/10/1778 John THIN Single   Elizabeth GOULD Single  
13/02/1779 James TANN Single   Elizabeth POND Single Wellingham
07/11/1782 Thomas COLVIN Single North Barsham Fanny PIGGE Single  
14/10/1784 Francis LEWIS Single   Ann HOWE Single  
25/10/1785 Jeremiah BELL Single   Elizabeth BUNN Single  
06/12/1785 John THING Widower   Elizabeth GOWERS Single  
23/10/1786 Robert CHUBBOCK Single Wighton Catherine ROW Single  
11/10/1788 Jonathan TEMPLE Single   Mary DUCKER Single  
04/08/1790 John THOMPSON Single Great Snoring Anne ASHER Single  
22/09/1790 William POOLEY Single Gimingham Elizabeth BRIGHT Single  
19/10/1792 John DIGGINS Widower South Creake Anne GROOM Single  
06/03/1793 Joseph NURSE Single   Mary BUTTUS Single  
06/03/1793 Robert JARVIS Single Dunton Cum Doughton Susanna POTTER Single  
29/09/1793 William ARTER Widower   Mary CURTIS Single  
29/07/1802 William MOY Single   Anne FRANKLING Single  
02/07/1803 Thomas BRETT Single   Elizabeth DEATH Single Fakenham
19/10/1807 Robert MILLER Single   Mary Anne HUBBARD Single  
13/07/1808 William PIGGE Single Little Walsingham Susanna CURTIS Single  
04/04/1809 William NURSE Widower   Phoebe RANSOM Single  
31/10/1810 Thomas CURTIS Single   Anne CUSTANCE Single  
1 27/02/1813 Richard PARKER Single   Ann BUDDLE Single  
2 20/04/1815 William RICHARDSON Single East Rudham Sarah WILLMERSON Single  
3 11/05/1815 William WILLMERSON Single   Mary YOUNGS Single  
4 02/12/1816 John BARNS Single Helhoughton Ann MOY Widow  
5 01/05/1821 Thomas HOLLOWAY Single St Luke, Middlesex Jane Elizabeth RUDKIN Single  
6 15/12/1822 John BUSHEL Single Little Snoring Mary SCOTT Single  
7 02/01/1823 John DAWSON Single Great Snoring Sarah SCOTT Single  
8 12/10/1823 Robert BULLOCK Single Dunton Cum Doughton Elizabeth HEWETT Single  
9 15/11/1824 Charles RUMP Single Hempstead By Holt Phillis BUNN Single  
10 26/12/1825 John CAMP Widower East Barsham Ann SCOTT Single  
11 01/01/1829 William GIBBON Widower   Frances LEWIS Single  
12 17/10/1829 Thomas CURTIS Widower   Ann MOORE Single  
13 18/01/1831 James MARRAM Single   Sarah MURRELL Single  
14 14/08/1836 George SIMONS Single   Ann MARRAM Single  

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