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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Clippesby St Peter


The Parish

The parish of Clippesby lies in eastern Norfolk about 3 miles northeast of the large village of Acle. Clippesby sits on the B1152 road which links the Acle to Caister road (A1064) with the main coastal road between North Walsham & Great Yarmouth (A149). Clippesby is a tiny place, little more than a scatter of houses and a few farms grouped around the junction of the B1152 and Church Lane which runs westwards for a short distance. Clippesby parish runs for just a few hundred yards along the B1152 and a short distance either side. The odd shape was obviously to gain the parish a share of the differing land types in the area. The parish is sited on what was once an island (Roman times) that of Flegg, through a combination of drainage and dropping sea levels this is now an area of higher ground largely arable. Around the island on the lower ground reclaimed there are grazing marshes dominated by cattle. Clippesby sits at around 15 metres above sea level, keeping its feet dry whilst in the south of the parish the grazing marshes are effectively at sea level. One of Broadland's major rivers, the River Bure, forms the southern edge of the parish and drains away southeastwards to the North Sea at Great Yarmouth. The parish was small, less than 900 acres, and supported a small population too, just over 100 parishioners. In Domesday times, despite the small size the land was split 4 ways including substantial portions held directly by the King. The parish supported 6 ploughs and held meadows plus a share in a salt house.

The Church

St Peter's church sits, as you would expect, alongside Church Lane to its south side. It possesses a round tower which is characteristic of an early if not Saxon church, Pevsner is more cautious and places its origins in the Norman period of the 12th century. The tower, indeed, was a mere stump when the church was painted by Cotman so clearly the present edifice is mostly recent. Pevsner places the features within a 3 century period, 12th to 14th, but clearly the restoration of the 1870s changed much. St Peter's is very effectively hidden from the road by numerous mature trees and the entrance to the graveyard is less than obvious. Fortunately a small parking area allows exploration. Inside the site is also quite well wooded making for a rather tricky church to gain good views.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 18th October 1756 - 23rd April 1810 Norfolk Record Office - Reference - PD/289/2 Standard preprinted and self-numbered Marriage register with 3 entries per page Grade 1 Register - Few issues noted and a low likelihood of misreads None
2 11th October 1813 - 27th October 1835 Norfolk Record Office - Reference - PD/289/4 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 1 Register - Few issues noted and a low likelihood of misreads None

Thurne St Edmund King & Martyr
Thurne St Edmund King & Martyr
Rollesby St George
Thurne St Edmund King & Martyr
Ashby with Oby St Mary
Burgh St Margaret
Billockby All Saints
Upton St Margaret
Acle St Edmund
Burgh St Margaret (detached)

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
18/10/1756 John DIBOL Single Rollesby Ann PARKER Single  
1 17/10/1757 John DRAKE Single   Phillis GRAY    
2 19/07/1764 John ADDY Single   Elizabeth BRADY Single  
3 10/06/1765 John HOWARD Widower   Anne KNIGHTS Widow  
5 04/10/1768 Thomas SOWELS Single Rollesby Bridget SOWELS Single  
6 25/06/1770 Edmund WATLING Widower Sotterley, Suffolk Ann CHRISTMAS Single  
7 27/10/1772 Charles YALLOP Single   Ann HOWARD Single  
9 06/05/1776 John UTTON Widower   Mary WRIGHT Single  
18/12/1780 Thomas WRIGHT Single Burgh St Margaret Mary WRIGHT Single  
24/07/1781 Robert RUMP Single   Lidia BENSTEAD Single  
8 10/10/1783 Henry PLUMMER Single   Margaret GEDGE Single  
10 11/12/1794 William MANN Single Mundham Sarah POLLARD Single  
11 18/10/1796 John POLLARD Single   Palgrave SKINNER Widow  
12 08/05/1797 Simon WOODWARD Single   Lydia JEFFERIES Single  
13 19/11/1800 David HALL Single   Phoebe BREESE Single  
14 30/09/1804 William BENSTEAD Single   Sarah TURNER Single  
15 25/11/1805 James CHILVERS Single   Elizabeth BARMER Single  
16 23/04/1810 William JOHNSON Single   Hannah DRAKE Single  
1 11/10/1813 James APPLETON Single   Elizabeth DOWSON Single  
2 13/04/1815 James SKINNER Single   Harriet ECCLESTONE Single  
3 24/12/1832 John BOWMAN Widower   Rebecca PARNELL Single  
4 28/03/1833 James RUDD Single   Mary ANDREWS Single  
5 11/10/1833 Benjamin DEBAGE Widower   Katharine SALES Widow  
6 27/10/1835 Robert KEMP Single Caister Harriet GOWN Single  

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