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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Dunton cum Doughton St Peter


The Parish

The parish of Dunton, which absorbed the parish of Doughton in very early times, lies in northwestern Norfolk about 3 miles west of the market town of Fakenham. Dunton sits just a half mile south of the A148 road which connects Fakenham through to the port of King's Lynn. There is very little to Dunton, no village as such, just a group of farms and cottages by the redundant church. Ever a small congregation Dunton's population was cut markedly in modern times as a large portion of the northern part of the parish was co-opted for the construction of Sculthorpe Airfield during World war 2, the area is still fenced and uninhabited. Like most Norfolk villages Dunton was an arable farming community,a few pastures along the course of the infant Wensum varied that slightly. The Wensum drains the parish eastwards passing through the city of Norwich to meet the Yare and thence to the North Sea through the port of Great Yarmouth. Dunton is sited at close to 50 metres above the sea in fairly level land, once away from the Wensum valley, where local heights do not rise significantly for some distance. Dunton parish was fairly typically sized for its area, covering just over 1,700 acres it would only have supported around 150 parishioners. In Domesday times Dunton was held directly by King William, it was equally small then holding just 2 ploughs but there was a mill.

The Church

St Peter's church sits on the western side of the lane which leads to Dunton from the A148. Like many Norfolk churches it has a mixture of Decorated & perpendicular styles indicating a church built in the period 1300 to 1450. A few windows and the southern porch show the earlier style whilst most else is of the latter. Documentary evidence in the form of bequests in wills document the building of the tower as the final piece with bequest dates in the 1440s, a date suitable for the architectural style displayed. The church was declared redundant in 1978 and was leased to a charitable trust for its continued upkeep and care. The church sits behind a typical flint & brick wall with gates at the southern end of the site, it is possible to get a car off the road onto the verge here, once within the churchyard has few obstacles to photography.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1754 - 1783

No registers, ATs or BTs, survive for this period any marriages which did occur have been lost to history
2 1st November 1784 - 26th November 1812 Norfolk Record Office - Reference - PD215/1 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

NB this register is bound together with baptism & burial registers into a single archival deposit
3 17th July 1815 - 24th November 1835 Norfolk Record Office - Reference - PD215/3 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None

Syderstone St Mary
South Creake St Mary the Virgin
Sculthorpe St Mary & All Saints
Tatterford St Margaret
Sculthorpe St Mary & All Saints
Shereford St Nicholas
Tatterford St Margaret
Shereford St Nicholas
Shereford St Nicholas

Register Reference Date Groom Forename Groom Surname Groom Status Groom Abode Bride Forename Bride Surname Bride Status Bride Abode
1 01/11/1784 Peter FISHER Single Elizabeth BOWEN Single
2 26/07/1785 Edmund CRUCKLIN Widower Elizabeth HAMMOND Widow
3 21/11/1785 John HUBBARD Widower Frances CREMER Single
4 17/03/1789 William SHILLING Single Frances DOUGHTY Single
5 27/04/1790 John ANTINGHAM Single Bridget SMITH Single
6 24/12/1794 Charles DOR Single Anne HOWARD Single
7 21/04/1795 William BULLMAN Single Litcham Winifred MAYS Single
8 23/09/1800 John WESDIL Single Frances CREAMER Single
9 27/05/1801 John DODMAN Single Mary GRAY Single
10 11/05/1802 John HOWES Single Fakenham Sarah HOWARD Single
11 12/10/1802 Edward WALLER Single Holkham Mary BARBER
12 13/10/1802 John PLEASANTS Single Sculthorpe Mary FARRER Single
06/06/1809 Thomas SIMMONS Single South Creake Mary SMITH Single
13/10/1809 John DODMAN Single Mary MANN Single
26/11/1812 Paul FARRER Single Mary FISHER Single
1 17/07/1815 Jeremiah BELL Single Mary SHERINGHAM Widow
2 13/10/1815 William BOEN Single Ann BETTS Single
3 19/11/1816 Charles HARPER Single Margaret SMITH Single
4 16/02/1818 William DIBLE Single West Rudham Diana GOOSE Single
5 15/11/1820 George BOEN Single Mary Ann BECKET Single
6 30/09/1821 Robert OVERMAN Single Elizabeth FOX Single
7 08/11/1825 Samuel CLARKE Single Ann RIPPINGILL Single
8 22/11/1825 Thomas ARTERSON Single Mary GRIMER Single
9 06/11/1827 Robert COLERSON Single Ann GRIMMER Single
10 08/02/1828 James HUDSON Sarah LONG
11 08/09/1828 Matthew GREEN Single Mary GRIX Single
12 30/11/1830 Robert GRIMMER Single Hannah MALLON Single
13 06/01/1831 John ANTINGHAM Single Ann WHIGG Single Fakenham
14 05/03/1831 Dennis GOODMAN Single Jane OVERMAN Single
16 14/10/1831 John BELL Single Elizabeth ARMIGER Single
17 24/10/1831 Richard FARROW Widower Alice FISHER Single
18 13/12/1831 Edward CURSON Single Mary JARVIS Single
19 12/10/1832 David LONG Single Elizabeth DODMAN Single
20 09/12/1832 Philip CURSON Single Sarah RIX Single
21 25/12/1833 Henry EMMERSON Single Susan CLARKE Single
22 21/05/1834 Edmund BALDING Single Mary BELL Single
23 14/10/1835 Robert RAMM Single Phoebe CURRY Single
24 24/11/1835 James OVERMAN Single Lucy BLEAD Widow

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