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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Coston St Michael


The Parish

The parish of Coston is located in Central Norfolk about 4 miles northwest of the market town of Wymondham. Coston is little more than a hamlet, a scattering of farms and cottages with no defined village to speak of. Coston lies about a mile east of the B1135 road which connects Wymondham with East Dereham, it sits on the southern banks of the infant River Yare. The area around Coston is largely arable in nature although there are small water meadows along the river which support pastures. The River Yare drains the parish eastwards to reach the North Sea through the port of Great Yarmouth. Coston is sited at around 30 metres above the sea and the surrounding landscape is gently undulating to around 50 metres or so. Even by the standards of Norfolk, a county with many small parishes, Coston parish is tiny, it covered just under 350 acres and supported fewer than 50 parishioners. There is no specific mention of Coston in Domesday Book.

The Church

St Michael's church sits on the western side of Church Lane, running southwards from the notional centre of Coston. The church is no longer used for worship but is still accessible to the public. The church is surprisingly complete and largely of the 13th century, an early date for a Norfolk church. Showing the normal design of nave, chancel & western tower the church has not been over-restored like many of its contemporaries in the county. The building is rather screened from its lane and entry is by a curious grassy pathway which is all too easily passed without care. Once inside the churchyard there are few obstructions to photography.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 25th December 1754 - 8th December 1812 Norfolk Record Office - Reference - PD/320/3 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 14th July 1813 - 15th November 1836 Norfolk Record Office - Reference - PD/320/4 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None

Runhall All Saints
Runhall All Saints
Runhall All Saints
Hardingham St George
Barnham Broom St Peter & St Paul
Kimberley St Peter
Kimberley St Peter
Kimberley St Peter

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 25/12/1754 Thomas DENNIS Single   Elizabeth REEVE Single  
2 27/11/1755 Thomas BAYS Single   Ruth PARKER Single Hingham
3 11/10/1757 Francis ARMIGER Single Runhall Elizabeth HOWARD Single  
4 16/02/1758 Thomas SMITH Widower Runhall Margaret HOLLODAY Single  
5 12/10/1761 John BROOKS Single   Elizabeth NEWHOUSE Single  
6 22/10/1765 Austin BUSHELL Single Kimberley Diana EDWARDS Single  
21/05/1771 John KNIGHTS Single Hingham Mary GODFREY Widow  
27/09/1774 Thomas SPORE Widower Runhall Elizabeth HOWLETT Single  
28/01/1777 Stephen CHAPMAN Single Hempnall Elizabeth MURREL Single  
04/07/1779 John DYBALL Single St Simon & St Jude, Norwich Mary STAFF Single  
24/10/1780 John FLINT Single   Elizabeth BROCK Single  
26/12/1780 John WALKER Single   Martha WISEMAN Single  
05/06/1781 John JOHNSON Single   Sarah TWAITES Single  
11/04/1782 Edward COOK Single Gislingham, Suffolk Rebecca HURN Single  
30/01/1783 Thomas BAYES Single   Ruth HOWLET Single  
05/10/1786 John BAYES Single   Honor HOWLETT Single  
11/10/1787 William TUTTHILL Single   Mary DARBY Single  
15/11/1796 Edward RANDALL Single   Elizabeth THURSTON Single  
26/11/1799 John TILENEY Widower Garveston Ann RANDALL Single  
11/11/1801 James SAUNDERS Widower   Elizabeth GATHERGOOD Single  
02/06/1808 Samuel HIPKIN Single Barnham Broom Elizabeth SPORE Widow  
06/03/1810 John COKER Single Scarning Jane PITCHER Single  
14/06/1810 Richard PITCHER Widower   Mary HOWARD Widow  
08/12/1812 Henry BALLS Single   Elizabeth PITCHER    
1 14/07/1813 Thomas TUTTLE Single   Elizabeth SENDALL Single  
2 03/05/1814 John WATSON Widower   Finett BASINGTHWAITE Single  
3 04/05/1815 John STEDMAN Single Barnham Broom Matilda BAYES Single  
4 19/02/1818 Abraham BLEASY Single   Ann PAYNE Single  
5 01/12/1820 Samuel SPINKS Widower Wymondham Dinah PITCHER Single  
6 02/12/1830 Caleb CUNNINGHAM Single Barnham Broom Mary Ann BROWN Single  
7 21/07/1834 John FORKES Single   Mary Ann TUTHILL    
8 15/11/1836 Robert ORTON Single   Mary BAYES Single  

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