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


The Parish

The parish of Bodney lies in southwestern Norfolk about 6 miles west of the large village of Watton. There is not much to Bodney, there is no defined village as such merely a collection of farms and cottages scattered across a wide area. Bodney's notional centre sits just east of the A1065 road which links the market town of Swaffham with Mundford. Bodney is situated in Norfolk's Breckland, an area known for its poor soils and whilst agriculture was important the poor soils were often used for the raising of rabbits in warrenries. Nowadays much of the area of Bodney parish is enclosed (and out of bounds) within the Army training area of STANTA, a large area of Breckland co-opted during World War II and still not re-released by the armed forces. The River Wissey runs through Bodney parish and drains westwards to join the Great Ouse and meet the North Sea through The Wash. Bodney is sited at just 30 metres above sea level and the land hereabouts is mainly gently undulating at or around that height. Bodney parish was of a fairly typical size for a west Norfolk parish, it covered around 2,600 acres but supported just under 100 parishioners. In Domesday times, despite being equally small, Bodney was shared three-ways, portions were held by William of Warenne, Ralph of Tosny & Hugh de Montfort. The parish could offer just 3 ploughs, some meadow & woodland plus 2 mills.

The Church

St Mary's church is located on the northern side of the B1108 road which links Watton to the A1065 about 150 yards east of its crossing with the River Wissey. The church is rather small, as befits a tiny congregation, and consist of a conjoined nave & chancel with a western bellcote. Most of the fenestration has been replaced but appears stylistically to have maintained the Perpendicular style of their originals. The church is probably all of this period, the major church-building era for Norfolk, and dates from the 14th or 15th centuries. St Mary's is rather hidden from the road by a copse, there is a small pull-in at the eastern end and a short path leads to the churchyard where a metal gate grants access. There churchyard is relatively open with few restrictions on photographic angles.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 11th October 1756 - 13th February 1812 Norfolk Record Office - Reference - PD/135/3 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
2 22nd October 1815 - 5th December 1834 Norfolk Record Office - Reference - PD/135/4 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None

Hilborough All Saints
Great Cressingham St Michael
Great Cressingham St Michael
Hilborough All Saints
Langford St Andrew
Little Cressingham St Andrew
West Tofts St Mary
Stanford All Saints
Stanford All Saints

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
1 11/10/1756 James FOWLER Widower   Judith FIELD Single  
2 21/02/1757 William STAFFORD Single   Anne BROWNE Single  
3 14/01/1762 William HAWES Single   Frances LAWRENCE Single Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire
4 19/09/1762 George GOSS Single   Dorcas PAIN Single  
5 07/10/1762 Richard EMERSON Single   Martha GREENACRE Single  
6 30/10/1765 William JEMSON Widower Oxborough Susanna WOOL Single  
7 10/10/1766 William FURBY Single   Elizabeth BOULDEN Single  
8 20/07/1770 Machin SPENCER Single   Hellen WHITLOCK Single  
9 11/10/1772 Robert SMITH Single Foulden Jane WARDE Single  
10 12/10/1774 Friend BOULDEN Single   Ellen CLAYDEN Single  
11 30/09/1775 Nicholas ALLEN Single Great Cressingham Elizabeth STAFFORD Single  
12 16/07/1781 Thomas BOND Single   Ann WINNIFF Single  
13 28/01/1782 Charles ABBEY Single Thompson Hannah SPRINGLE Single  
14 06/04/1782 William WARD Widower   Rebecca CREAK Single  
15 07/01/1785 John COLLINS Single Ashill Hannah GEE Single  
16 06/06/1787 Hubert GILL Single Wereham Susannah GEE Single  
17 10/02/1788 Nicholas SHARMAN Single Stanford Mary SMITH Single  
18 09/10/1790 Thomas ALDERTON Single Great Cressingham Elizabeth BUXTON Single  
19 16/10/1791 Thomas HAMMOND Single Hockham Hannah LARGE Single  
20 25/06/1793 James FIFE Single West Tofts Alice BARTLETT Single  
21 09/06/1794 William RIDER Single   Mary GOSS Single  
22 15/02/1796 James SAYER Single   Mary SAYER Single  
23 01/11/1798 William SPARROW Single   Elizabeth FORBY Single  
24 12/05/1802 Thomas READER Single   Sarah FORBY Single  
25 07/06/1803 Benjamin POINTER Single Ickburgh Ellen FURBY Single  
26 21/02/1809 John RUSSELL Single St Mary, Thetford Anne RENNALES Single  
27 21/09/1809 Hubert William GILL Single   Elizabeth LUBBOCK Single  
28 22/08/1810 Henry BARTLETT Widower   Catherine CHANDLER Single  
29 11/06/1811 Judd TOWLER Single Brandon, Suffolk Charlotte SHARMAN Single  
30 13/12/1811 Joseph OAKLY Single   Mary NAPKIN Single  
31 13/02/1812 Richard BOND Single Ickburgh Elizabeth REYNALLS Single  
1 22/10/1815 Benjamin ADDISON Single St Peter, Thetford Ann SHARMAN Single  
2 17/06/1816 William HERRING Single   Susanna GILL Single  
3 22/04/1819 Dixie CHAPMAN Single Worlington, Suffolk Anne GREEN Single  
4 31/03/1820 Samuel ELMER Single   Anne OAKLEY Single  
5 12/08/1820 Joseph HAWES Single Oxborough Winifred GILL Single  
6 03/09/1820 Benjamin OAKLEY Single   Charlotte COOPER Single  
7 18/08/1822 John FINCHAM Single   Ann BROOKS Single Little Cressingham
8 01/02/1824 Samuel PARTRIDGE Single   Mary Anne SPINKS Single  
9 13/02/1824 William SPINKS Single   Judith GAMBLE Single  
10 10/12/1824 John SAYER Single   Anne GRIGGS Single Great Cressingham
11 04/12/1828 John WHITMORE Single Feltwell Mary TAYLOR Single  
12 22/09/1829 Francis MUNNS Single Chippenham, Cambridgeshire Anne SPINKS Single  
13 25/01/1830 John SPINKS Widower   Sarah CASEBEAUGH Single  
14 24/04/1834 Henry PENTNEY Single   Mary OAKELEY Single  
15 05/12/1834 Smith SHARMAN Single   Sarah REYNOLDS Single  

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