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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Dunston St Remigius


The Parish

The parish of Dunston lies in southeastern Norfolk about 4 miles south of the city of Norwich. Dunston is located just off the A140 road which connects Norwich with Ipswich. There is not much to Dunston, a collection of farms and cottages built around the former estate of Dunston Hall, now an up-market country hotel & golf course. Most of Dunston's properties are either side of the narrow lane (Stoke Lane) which runs from the A140 across the River Tas to nearby Stoke Holy Cross. Prior to modern developments this area would have been largely agricultural but its proximity to the growing edge of the nearby city means that more semi-urban activities now predominate. Just a half-mile to Dunston's north (and across the Tas) lies the remarkable site of Roman Venta Icenorum which is believed to be the home of the almost legendary Boudicca. The Tas drains the parish and quickly heads north to join the Yare on the southern edge of Norwich before heading eastwards to reach the North Sea through the port of Great Yarmouth. Dunstan is sited at just 10 metres above the sea with local heights, outside the Tas valley, reaching some 20 - 30 metres higher. Dunston parish was tiny, even by the standards of Norfolk parishes, it covered just over 600 acres and the population was equally small just 100 parishioners. In Domesday times Dunstan was a much more significant settlement, significant enough to be held by 4 prominent Normans, Ralph of Beaufour, the steward Godric, Count Alan of Brittany & Roger bigot who all held a share in the assets. The parish could offer 13 ploughs, small meadows and 5 mills.

The Church

St Remigius', a French man and Bishop of Reims who converted the French Royals to Christianity, church sits to the east of Dunston Hall and in a secluded site off Stoke Lane. The church has been much renewed over the centuries and some parts Pevsner is quick to point out a fake versions of early styles rather than the real thing. What can be seen externally is a church which begins in the Early English Gothic period of the early 13th century, has had a major rebuild in the Perpendicular era and much alteration during the most recent 2 centuries. The external rendering, described as "awful" by Pevsner masks much detail but it is clear this is very much a restored if not over-restored building. The church sits to the west of Stoke Lane and a small pull-in marked by a sign provides parking and access, a long pathway through dense trees reaches the churchyard which is relatively free from obstacles to photography.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 17th October 1754 - 21st July 1811 Norfolk Record Office - Reference - PD409/4 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 11th February 1813 - 25th September 1836 Norfolk Record Office - Reference - PD409/5 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None

Swardeston St Mary the Virgin
Caister St Edmund
Caister St Edmund
Swardeston St Mary the Virgin
Stoke Holy Cross
Swainsthorpe St Peter
Swainsthorpe St Peter
Stoke Holy Cross

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 17/10/1754 John BLY     Mary LONG    
2 21/10/1754 Daniel HEWSON   Eaton Elizabeth MORTON    
3 27/10/1755 John SKIPPER Widower St Mary, Shotesham Catherine KERRIDGE    
4 13/10/1758 Daniel GUN   Newton Flotman Elizabeth DEY    
5 02/01/1759 Thomas RAY     Elizabeth BUSH    
6 10/10/1759 Robert BRANCH     Susanna THYNNE    
7 11/10/1759 James BAXTER     Elizabeth SHEERING    
8 13/04/1762 William GALE Single   Esther LEVELL Single  
9 01/05/1763 Richard BRITON Widower   Elizabeth GREEN Single  
10 14/10/1766 William BRITON Single   Eleanor HICKLETON Single Stoke Holy Cross
11 04/04/1768 Robert MEEN Single   Mary DOWSON Single  
12 14/10/1770 John GORSLING Single Mulbarton Mary BROWNE Single  
13 29/03/1772 Robert LEARNEAR Single   Elizabeth LOVEDAY Widow  
14 14/12/1773 Robert LONG Single Swainsthorpe Mary EASTICK Single  
15 18/07/1775 Samuel JEFFRYS Single   Mary PITCHER Single  
16 11/01/1776 William PITCHER Widower   Ruth BASEY Single Kirstead
17 13/10/1777 John LEGGET Single   Sarah CUSHEN Single  
18 23/07/1778 John BUTCHER Widower   Sarah MOSS Single  
19 05/11/1779 John BROWS Single   Ann KEMP Single  
20 10/01/1785 Joseph SHAREN Single St Martin At Palace Plain, Norwich Susanna SKELTON Single  
21 18/10/1786 William QUANTRELL Single   Mary CORDLE Single  
22 02/12/1787 Stephen SMITH Single   Sarah FISK Single  
23 25/12/1787 Owen BUNN Single Wymondham Martha BROWS Single  
24 16/11/1788 John FLICK Widower   Mary LOVEDAY Single  
25 12/10/1791 Thomas HOPKINS Widower   Mary MAYS Single  
26 30/03/1792 Grimwood COOKE   Great Livermere, Suffolk Lydia COOKE Single  
27 17/04/1792 Richard HALE Single St Mary, Long Stratton Mary READE Single  
28 15/10/1793 Richard BENNET Single Swainsthorpe Susanna ANDREWS Single  
29 16/09/1794 James CULLHAM Single   Mary WRIGHT Single  
30 19/04/1796 David TEBB Single   Sarah HORN Single  
31 09/10/1798 William BRIGHTON Single   Tabitha HOWLET Single  
32 22/10/1799 William LEGGETT Single   Elizabeth BREEZE Single  
33 06/12/1799 Charles GALE Single   Mariah BUNN Single  
34 05/10/1800 Robert CLARK Single Stoke Holy Cross Ann LAUGHAN Single  
35 12/10/1800 John BROWN Single   Mary MUTUNG Single  
36 03/09/1801 James BURGESS Single Taverham Tabitha BRIGHTON Single  
37 28/10/1802 George LINCOLN Single Stoke Holy Cross Sarah WARD Single  
39 16/11/1802 John MAYES Single   Phoebe PITCHER Single  
40 04/10/1803 William KEMP Single Stratton Strawless Mary TRAYS Single  
41 05/01/1804 Richard EVERETT Single Tharston Anne BATES Single  
11/10/1805 Robert ENGLISH Single   Sarah BRANFORD Single  
22/12/1806 Luke MOORE Single   Frances WEBSTER Single  
01/11/1807 Daniel NEAVE Single   Mary LEGGETT Single  
21/02/1808 Richard NEAVE Widower   Elizabeth HAWS Single  
19/09/1808 Charles BRIGHTON Single   Hannah LINCOLN Single  
21/07/1811 William HARRISS Single Swainsthorpe Sarah HORN Single  
1 11/02/1813 Thomas WELLS Widower Banham Elizabeth ARCHER Single  
2 24/02/1813 Thomas FLINT Single Hempnall Esther LEGGETT Single  
3 02/05/1815 Egester WICKHAM Single   Sarah ALBOROUGH Single  
4 15/10/1817 William TYRREL Single Swardeston Elizabeth SMYTH Single  
5 08/04/1819 Edward STONE Single Swainsthorpe Mary LIVOCK Single  
6 10/01/1820 William PATTESON Single Intwood Elizabeth TUBBY Single  
7 30/11/1820 Richard BRANDFORD Widower Swainsthorpe Lydia BRIGHTON Single  
8 22/05/1821 William BRIGHTON Single   Martha LAND Single  
9 13/06/1821 Samuel BALDRY Single   Maria BELL Single  
10 19/06/1822 George BIDWELL Single Stoke Holy Cross Charlotte HORN Single  
11 18/03/1823 Abraham BROWN Single St Margaret, Norwich Sarah HARRIS Single  
12 22/01/1824 William JACKSON Single   Susan DYE Single Swainsthorpe
13 07/04/1825 Richard SAMPSON Single Intwood Rhoda REEVE Single  
14 18/04/1825 Thomas BURNHAM Single   Sarah CHAMBERLIN Single Saxlingham Nethergate
15 20/10/1825 James BALLS Single   Katherine SKIPPER Single  
16 20/11/1825 Richard GERMYN Single Stoke Holy Cross Susan GENREEF Single  
19 03/12/1827 James SARJEAN Single Stoke Holy Cross Amy SMITH Single  
20 06/01/1829 Thomas DANIEL Single Bracon Ash Mary Ann RINGWOOD Single  
21 13/10/1829 John GOWEN Single   Hannah SMITH Single  
22 03/12/1833 William LEMON Single   Susan JACKSON Widow  
23 06/10/1834 Samuel GOWEN Widower Swardeston Sarah SMITH    
24 25/09/1836 William TURNER Single Swainsthorpe Sarah GALL Single  

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