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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Buckenham St Nicholas


The Parish

The parish of Buckenham lies in southeastern Norfolk about 4 miles southwest of the large village of Acle and 9 miles southeast of the city of Norwich. Buckenham is a very small place little more than a scatter of farms and cottages lying in lanes about 3 miles south of the A47 road which links Norwich with the port of Great Yarmouth. Buckenham is located on the northern banks of the River Yare. Buckenham would have been a remote place with an economy derived from a mixture of arable & pastoral agriculture with some wildfowling thrown in on the watermeadows of the Yare flood plain. Today Buckenham is noted as a refuge for wildfowl and is dominated by its reserve famous for its wintering flock of Bean Geese. Communications have improved with the placing of the railway line from Norwich to Lowestoft & Great Yarmouth through the parish and Buckenham still possesses its tiny station. The River Yare, together with numerous man-made ditches and dykes, drains the parish eastwards to reach the North Sea through Great Yarmouth. Buckenham is sited at just 10 metres above sea level although much of the parish is lower than that. Parishes in Norfolk's Broadland are very small on a national scale and Buckenham is no exception, it covered around 900 acres and supported a population of just over 50 parishioners. In Domesday times Buckenham was largely shared between the Abbey of Bury St Edmunds and one Bishop William of Thetford, the parish could offer 5 ploughs as well as meadows and pastures.

The Church

St Nicholas' church sits on the higher ground of the parish and is accessible only by footpath from the southern end of Church Road. The church has a mixture of ages but all are early for a church in Norfolk. Some evidence remains for a Norman origin for the church but Pevsner suspects the features have been reset in place after restoration. The tower is certainly an unusual feature being octagonal throughout its entire height, Pevsner is loath to place a date but tentatively suggests it is late 13th century. Both chancel and nave are built in the Decorative style so pre-date the major church building era of the county and they are probably from the first half of the 14th century. Much was, however, altered in 1841 when a major restoration took place and the roofing dates from that period as well as the aforementioned resetting of early features. Church Road terminates at a farmhouse and the firm path heading westwards takes you across fields to the church sitting enclosed within trees. There are a few restrictions to photography but this is not unduly restricted.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 5th July 1761 - 13th October 1811 Norfolk Record Office - Reference - PD/87/5 Standard preprinted and self-numbered combined Banns & Marriage register with 4 entries per page Grade 1 Register - Few issues noted and a low likelihood of misreads None
2 18th November 1814 - 18th February 1837 Norfolk Record Office - Reference - PD/87/6 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 1 Register - Few issues noted and a low likelihood of misreads None

Strumpshaw St Peter
Lingwood St Peter
Burlingham St Edmund
Strumpshaw St Peter
Hassingham St Mary
Claxton St Andrew
Carleton St Peter
Langley St Michael
Langley St Michael

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
05/07/1761 William FITT     Elizabeth ROBERTS    
1 29/10/1764 James WILKERSON Single   Mary MORRIS Widow Strumpshaw
2 03/03/1767 Robert TAYLOR Single   Ann HILTON Single Hassingham
3 27/03/1769 Henry BARKER Widower   Alice FURNEBY Single  
4 05/06/1769 James SKINNER Single   Elizabeth WINSDALL Single  
5 08/08/1769 Robert WADE Single   Martha WARD Single  
6 01/07/1774 William LODES Single   Rebecca WILKINSON Single  
7 20/07/1779 John WEST Single   Elizabeth HARRISON Single Hassingham
8 02/07/1780 Edward Woodhouse ANGUISH Single   Mary CRICKMER Single  
9 01/04/1782 Francis TRAXSEN Widower   Mary MADDEL Single  
10 21/03/1785 Joseph HARVEY Widower Hassingham Mary ATTLE Widow  
11 22/09/1790 John JAY Single Hassingham Susanna ARMSBY Single  
12 06/02/1792 Isaac MOLL Single   Mary Anne READ Single  
13 10/06/1802 Abraham HOWSE Single   Berry BARNES Widow  
14 27/09/1805 John WRIGHT Single   Mary WATERS Single  
15 12/10/1808 William LOADS Single   Harriot HYLTON Single  
16 01/01/1810 Samuel BOWLES Single Strumpshaw Lydia ARMSBY Single  
17 15/10/1810 Richard SCOTT Single Blofield Hannah GOWN Single  
18 13/10/1811 Henry KYBERT Single Beighton Elizabeth PIRT Single  
1 18/11/1814 Edward BAKER Single   Mary GOWNE Single  
4 13/10/1815 James HOLSWORTH Single   Susan GOWN Single  
7 26/05/1818 James Hayn BESSEY Single Great Yarmouth Ann GREEN Single  
10 28/06/1819 Samuel FISK Single Thurton Sarah KNAP Single  
13 06/08/1826 George THRAXON Single   Elizabeth SKIPPER Single  
16 13/05/1831 George FLOOD Single   Mary SMITH Single Ely, Cambridgeshire
19 05/11/1833 William EWELS Single Hemblington Harriet SKIPPER Single  
22 18/02/1837 George THURTELL Widower   Adelgetha STANNARD Single St Peter Mancroft, Norwich

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