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


The Parish

The parish of East Bilney lies almost centrally within Norfolk being located about 5 miles north of the market town of East Dereham. East Bilney is a small and scattered settlement which sits on, and east of, the B1146 road which connects East Dereham with Fakenham. East Bilney has a small presence on the B1146 but mostly consists of a scatter of farms and cottages across the parish. East Bilney was, and largely still is, a farming parish with much of the ecreage set to arable farming. East BIlney is drained eastwards by the Black Water which runs the short distance to join the River Wensum, thence through the city of Norwich, joining the Yare and reaching the North Sea through the port of Great Yarmouth. East Bilney is sited at around 50 metres above the sea in very gentle terrain, other than in the river valley local heights remain at this height or barely rise a further 10 metres. East Bilney was a tiny parish in a county where parishes are generally small it was still one of the smallest rural parishes, covering just under 500 acres it would have supported just 200 parishioners. East Bilney is not specifically mentioned in Domesday Book.

The Church

St Mary's church sits towards the east of the parish on the western side of Fludge's Lane. Sadly there is little of this church remaining from the medieval period. Both northern and southern doorways are original and carry an approximate date of 1300, a date consistent with the earliest part of the Decorated style. The largest medieval piece is the western tower, a typical example of 14th century Norfolk Perpendicular. Even with this early origin the tower was restored in 1880 and given a new bell stage above the original one which stands behind the twin lancet windows. The chancel was rebuilt in 1883 and many features of the remainder of the church also date from this period. Fludge's Lane is narrow and bordered by vast cereal fields but the church has a welcome area for parking in a U shape at the entrance, the church, itself, is set well back from the lane at the far end of a long, thin churchyard, fortunately it is wide enough for adequate angles for photography.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
14th April 1754 - 3rd June 1754
Norfolk Record Office - Reference - PD194/1
Plain, unruled book, a continuation of the extant composite register in contravention of Hardwicke's segregation & wording requirements
Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads
2 17th May 1757 - 6th January 1812 Norfolk Record Office - Reference - PD194/3 Standard preprinted and self-numbered Marriage register with 3 entries per page Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None
3 28th November 1814 - 20th June 1837 Norfolk Record Office - Reference - PD194/4 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 3 Register - there are sufficient quality issues with this register to indicate that some misreads will occur albeit few in number Fading of this register may result on one or two misreads

Stanfield St Margaret
Brisley St Bartholomew
Brisley St Bartholomew
Stanfield St Margaret
North Elmham St Mary the Virgin
Mileham St John the Baptist
Beetley St Mary Magdalene
Beetley St Mary Magdalene

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
14/04/1754 John MASON Single Elizabeth WARD Single
18/04/1754 Robert WEELS Single Alice ALCOCK Single
03/06/1754 Thomas GARNER Single Jane FREIZER Single
1 17/05/1757 Philip BEESTON Widower Mileham Mary NICHOLAS Single
21/09/1757 Philip ARMES Single Elizabeth GOODMAN Single
23/11/1758 Nathaniel VINCENT Single Anne GATES Single
26/11/1758 William MEAPS Single Anne GOOSE Single
01/08/1759 John GOODWIN Single Margaret SNELLING Single
24/04/1760 John HOPKINS Single Rose BUNKELL Single
24/11/1760 John GIBSON Single Beeston Sarah POWLEY Single
28/12/1760 Roger GOUT Single Mary BANES Single
28/05/1761 John BONE Single East Dereham Anne MARGETSON
12/10/1761 John ALCOCK Single Margaret HOMES Single
11 01/06/1762 Thomas TUCK Single Sarah BROWN Single
12 11/10/1762 Matthew MATTHEWS Single Mary PATRICK Single
13 19/10/1762 John BENNINGTON Gressenhall Margaret PATRICK
14 26/11/1763 Richard BROWN Single Swaffham Elizabeth RAVEN Single
15 07/05/1764 Richard FARRER Single Gressenhall Sarah BECKHAM Single
16 23/10/1764 John MASON Widower Anne GREEN Widow
17 07/12/1764 William ARUNDEL Widower Martha BELWARD Widow
18 22/01/1765 John COOK Single Anne GOSHAWK Single
19 11/08/1765 Francis JOHNSON Single Mary GRIFFIN Single
20 01/12/1766 William HUNTER Widower East Dereham Martha ARUNDEL Widow
21 26/09/1769 William COLBY Single West Rudham Lidia COKER Single
22 08/10/1769 William BARNES Single Frances RUST Single
23 10/10/1769 Robert BOBBIN North Elmham Elizabeth BARRET
24 17/10/1769 William GERRARD Single Beeston Mary BELWARD Single
25 04/05/1771 Robert HALL Single Lydia SMITH Single
26 07/07/1771 Robert BAILEY Single Sarah BLYTH Single
27 28/10/1771 Thomas GRIFFIN Single Mary GATES Single
28 12/12/1771 John WINGFIELD Single Brisley Elizabeth SHEPPARD Single
29 03/03/1772 Samuel FRANKLIN Widower Alice BRADFIELD Widow
30 09/06/1772 William TAYLOR Single Swaffham Mary MONEY Single
31 04/11/1772 James SMITH Widower Ellen FOX Widow Hoe
32 20/06/1773 John SMITH Single Anne GRIFFIN Single
33 21/10/1774 John STANFORD Single Great Fransham Elizabeth GOOLD Single
34 20/02/1775 James WARD Single Anne GOOSE Single
35 31/07/1775 Edward WOLSEY Beeston Sarah SMITH
36 17/10/1775 John SMITH Single Elizabeth NEALE Single
37 17/10/1775 John GOSHAWK Single Dorothy SMITH Single
38 13/11/1775 John GOODMAN Gateley Lydia BRADFIELD
39 14/10/1776 John SWINGEL Single Sarah GOSHAWK Single
40 10/02/1777 Thomas FOX Single Anne RUSSELS Single
41 17/12/1777 James GUYMER Single Wood Norton Jane GREEN Single
41 27/10/1778 James SMITH Single Esther NEALE Single
42 19/11/1778 Henry NEALE Horningtoft Elizabeth WINFIELD
43 26/12/1778 John ROYAL Single Sarah BAYLEY Widow
44 07/03/1779 John HALL Single Thuxton Mary GURSACK
45 05/10/1779 James SMYTH Widower Jane GRIFFIN Widow
46 05/11/1779 Jhonathan SHEPPARD Widower Alice CROSSLEY Widow
47 19/06/1782 Richard BULLMAN Single Ann SMITH Single
48 09/06/1783 James SPENCER Single Gateley Naomi GOOSE Single
49 27/10/1783 Francis DACK Single Frances GRASSHAWK Single
50 17/12/1784 Jonathan SHEPARD Widower Mary JACKSON Widow
51 19/06/1785 John SMITH Widower Mary JEMPSON Widow
52 07/06/1786 Robert GOSSHAWK Single Mary BURGESS Single
53 11/08/1788 Joseph PECK Longham Elizabeth WILLIAMSON
54 09/10/1788 Thomas DOD Single Sarah SMITH Single
55 15/12/1788 Thomas GOOSE Single Anne GRIFFIN Single
56 30/06/1789 Charles GAGE Single Sarah BENSELY Single
57 25/02/1793 George SPOONER Single Sarah TUCK Single
03/06/1794 Thomas FREEZER Single Mary SANDS Single
59 27/10/1794 Samuel FRANKLIN Single Phoebe RUDD Single Brisley
60 09/12/1794 William BLOOMFIELD Single Worthing Mary GOOSE Single
61 15/04/1795 William ALLISON Single Elizabeth HOVELL Single Hoe
62 07/11/1797 William GIBBS Single Mary GOUT Single
63 24/06/1799 John HALL Single Elizabeth MITCHELL Single
64 27/05/1800 Michael KETTERINGHAM Single Hoe Ann TROLLOP Single
66 18/06/1801 William HOWARD Widower Margaret BUTCHER Single
65 31/12/1801 Gamaliel THOMSON Single Mary BENSLEY Single
67 02/04/1807 Samuel COLLINS Single Elsing Elizabeth TROLLOP Single
68 01/03/1808 William DAVY Single Stanfield Elizabeth BULLING Single
69 04/03/1808 William HALL Single Sarah HARRIS Single
70 12/10/1808 William LARGE Single Ellen PHILIPPOT Single
71 15/11/1808 John WALPOLE Single Rhoda BAKER Single
72 06/02/1809 Robert HARRIS Widower Susanna CUBIT Widow
73 06/01/1812 Charles REEVE Single Ann HOWES Single
1 28/11/1814 John HAYLETT Single Susanna DACK Single
4 06/12/1815 John WISKARD Single Beeston Hannah WALPOLE Single
7 12/06/1816 William MORE Widower Charlotte BAKER Single
10 28/01/1817 Henry SAINTY Single Beetley Mary Ann YULL Single
11 21/04/1817 Reuben MUFFET Single Mary HOWARD Single
12 19/06/1817 Henry BRIDGES Single Beeston Jane WALPOLE Single
13 02/02/1819 Edmond WITHERS Single Sarah NICHOLS Single
14 27/03/1819 William UTTLEY Widower Sarah JOHNSON Single
15 06/06/1819 John STACEY Single Mary CROSS Single
16 15/08/1819 John KING Single Elizabeth WALPOLE Single
19 02/06/1824 John BURGESS Single Lydia WALPOLE Single
22 25/12/1825 Thomas NEAL Single Yaxham Elizabeth BAKER Single
23 25/12/1825 Philip YULL Single Fanny GREEN Single
24 15/10/1826 George COOPER Single Anne GEORGE Single
25 07/08/1828 Benjamin WALPOLE Single Sarah GEORGE Single
26 06/11/1828 Peter YULL Single Mary Anne MUFFETT Single
27 05/11/1829 Samuel POTTER Wighton Mary GREEN Single
28 08/03/1831 Edward DEARNS Single Outwell Patience YULL Single
29 24/05/1831 James BAILEY Single Rhoda BAKER Single
30 12/09/1832 Thomas Burnaby DUFFIELD Single Alice MUFFET Single
31 28/03/1834 William THOMAS Single Sarah CHAMBERLIN Single
32 25/09/1834 William CROSS Single Beetley Maria WRIGHT Single
33 31/03/1835 Thomas TUCK Widower North Elmham Mary JOHNSON Single
34 26/05/1835 George SIMMONS Single Mary TUCK Single
35 28/09/1835 Richard MITCHELL Single Hoe Elizabeth GOODE Single
36 13/12/1835 Thomas FOULSHAM Widower Elizabeth HILL Single
37 10/04/1837 John Chamberling BULLARD Widower Maria PALMER Single
38 20/06/1837 Robert WHISKER Single Jane HALL Single

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