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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Eccles St Mary


The Parish

The parish of Eccles lies in southern Norfolk not too far from its border with neighbouring Suffolk. Eccles is located about 4 miles southwest of the market town of Attleborough. Eccles sits, in lanes, about a mile east of the busy A11 road which connects the city of Norwich through Thetford to London. A small place, Eccles is a mere scatter of farms and cottages across much of the area to the west of the lane connecting Attleborough with Kenninghall. Modern developments do exist, the rail line between Norwich & Ely cuts through the parish and just over the hill the roar of engines from Snetterton Motor Racing Circuit, built upon the wartime airfield, regularly invades the quiet of this small hamlet. Eccles sits close to the edges of Norfolk's Brecklands and some pastoral farming of sheep and the use of warrenries varied the normal arable farming lifestyle of Norfolk. A small tributary of the Thet drains north then west before returning south as the full river, thence through Thetford, across The Fens to join the Great Ouse and reach the North Sea through The Wash. Eccles is sited at around 40 metres above the sea and land is at or close to that height for many miles there being little in the way of prominent features to consider as a local height. Eccles parish was typical of Norfolk's small rural parishes, it covered just under 1,700 acres and would have supported a population of close to 100 parishioners. In Domesday times Eccles was a holding of the Bishop of Thetford, a small place offering just 6 ploughs, small meadows & woodland but did possess a mill.

The Church

St Mary's church stands in isolation separated from the road system by broad fields and accessed by a rough track west of the Attleborough to Kenninghall lane. The presence of a round tower is immediate indication of an early church in Norfolk and this one Pevsner states is "probably Norman" and of the 12th century, it was restored in 1950 and this fact is typical of much of the church, early origins with extensive modification at various times. The Early English Gothic chancel from the first have of the 14th century was remodeled into the Perpendicular style in the 15th, the southern aisle of the same era was removed during the 18th century. Other features such as the northern doorway and porch received similar treatment in similar eras. As is usual the Victorian period saw further work, the eastern window being replaced in 1870 and the whole church renewed and restored in 1885. Access to the church is difficult for those on wheels, the majority, as one heads towards Kenninghall from Attleborough (Quidenham Road) a single tree marks the start of the rough track leading to St Mary, from here it is best to approach on foot. The church is almost hidden within a belt of trees, part of the grounds of the neighbouring school, and the churchyard, itself, is confined tightly by the same restricting the angles substantially that are available for photography.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 11th October 1755 - 5th November 1811 Norfolk Record Office - Reference - PD/95/4 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 10th March 1814 - 15th June 1837 Norfolk Record Office - Reference - PD/95/5 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None

Larling St Ethelbert
Snetterton All Saints
Hargham All Saints
Larling St Ethelbert
Roudham St Andrew
Wilby All Saints
Banham St Mary the Virgin
Bridgham St Mary
East Harling St Peter & St Paul
Quidenham St Andrew
Quidenham St Andrew

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 11/10/1755 George COOPER Widower   Ann HAYHO Widow  
2 17/10/1757 Jonathan BILLHAM Widower   Philis LOBON Single  
3 18/07/1758 John ALGAR Single Old Buckenham Elizabeth CHAPMAN Single  
4 12/06/1759 John TAYLOR Widower   Elizabeth LEET Single  
5 24/09/1759 Samuel FRANKLYN Single Shropham Susannah CHAPMAN Single  
6 09/10/1759 Nathaniel WOTTON Single   Mary WHILLY Single  
7 20/04/1760 Robert GRAY Single   Mary LARGE Single  
8 08/07/1760 John RICHER Single   Ann HOWE Single  
9 05/07/1761 William HOWES Single Wilby Martha VINCENT Single  
10 07/10/1762 John LEACH Single   Alice MARGETSON Single  
11 24/10/1763 James COKER Single New Buckenham Sarah BARRETT Single  
12 08/07/1767 William HOON Single   Mary HOWARD Single  
13 15/02/1768 Richard CHAMBERS Single   Mary DUFFIELD   Larling
14 19/10/1769 Jonathan BILHAM Widower   Hannah HOWLETT Single  
15 27/06/1770 John DALLADY Single Barking, Essex Ann DAY Single  
16 21/08/1771 Meschach FITT Widower Hopton By Thetford, Suffolk Mary PYMAN Single  
17 27/10/1772 Christopher LUSHER Single Kenninghall Elizabeth WRIGHT Single  
18 21/12/1774 Thomas BOBY Widower Essex Hester KETTLE Single  
19 22/06/1775 Stephen NOBBS Single   Mary KEY Single  
20 20/12/1775 Edward CLAXTON Single   Mary Dilly SMITH Single  
21 23/12/1776 William BOWERS Single   Martha REINOLDS Single  
22 18/07/1777 Robert EVERSON   Thorndon, Suffolk Lydia CURTIES    
23 21/09/1777 Robert QUADLING     Mary DANIEL    
24 11/10/1777 William FARROW   Banham Mary ALCOCK    
25 18/02/1779 Thomas DRAKE Single Bressingham Mary BARROM Single  
26 28/03/1780 William MATTHEWS     Frances RAINBIRD Single  
27 07/03/1781 Edward RUSH   Thompson Jane FOYSTER    
28 14/04/1782 Thomas PARK Single   Mary WOODWARD Single  
30 25/12/1783 Mathew HUNT Single   Mary FOYSTER Single  
31 08/01/1786 Isaac MILLER Single   Mary DAVY Single  
32 01/09/1787 Robert RAINBIRD Single St John Maddermarket, Norwich Ann FOYSTER Single  
33 11/01/1790 William BRADLEY Single   Mary JOHNSON Single  
34 24/10/1793 Robert KIDD Widower   Margaret WADER Widow Kenninghall
35 18/12/1793 John BOON Widower   Sarah LARGE Single  
36 01/05/1794 Richard ELMER     Mary BALMER    
37 29/05/1797 William WEST Widower   Martha HEART Single  
38 09/07/1798 James JULER Single Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Ann PORTER Single  
39 18/07/1798 William AVIS Single   Elizabeth KIDDLE Single  
40 15/11/1798 George CORJAT Single St Stephen, Norwich Mary WOODLEY Single  
41 03/01/1799 Robert BOWERS Single Hockham Rebecca ALDERTON Widow  
42 09/12/1799 Henry FRANKLYN Single St Marylebone, Middlesex Grace PARSON   Hopton By Thetford, Suffolk
43 02/02/1800 Edmund JOHNSON Widower   Mary GREY Widow  
44 18/05/1800 George OLLETT Widower East Harling Hannah JOY Single  
45 24/03/1801 John COOKE Single   Ann COOKE Single Ixworth Thorpe, Suffolk
46 23/12/1801 George GROOM Single   Elizabeth LOCK Single  
47 12/08/1804 Henry LONG Widower   Susan RANSOME Single  
50 23/12/1805 Thomas LEEDER Single Quidenham Sarah HALL Single  
51 22/10/1806 Richard PALMER   Old Buckenham Maria PORTER    
52 09/08/1808 John WELLINGHAM Single   Susan PORTER Single  
53 05/11/1811 Benjamin BARNARD Single   Charlotte SYRETT Single  
1 10/03/1814 Robert BARHAM Single   Margeretta CLARKE Single  
2 18/08/1815 John SEAYER Single   Ann SMITH Single  
3 11/06/1818 James DURRANT Single Banham Sarah HALLS    
4 21/09/1818 George PACK Single   Martha NURSE Widow  
5 24/10/1818 William COOK Widower   Ann HOUCHING Single  
7 15/10/1819 George LING Single Quidenham Frances ELMER Single  
8 26/10/1820 Robert BUNN Single   Elizabeth Love NEWSON Single  
9 14/11/1821 James LINCOLN Single Tivetshall St Margaret Margaret GROOM Single  
10 15/05/1825 William SIMPER Single Holy Trinity, Ely, Cambridgeshire Mary SIMPER Single  
11 24/05/1825 Charles COLLINGS Single Kenninghall Ann REYNOLDS Single  
12 25/01/1826 William CRACKNELL Single Banham Elizabeth BLOOMFIELD Single  
13 17/03/1827 George BEALES Single St Mary, Thetford Susan HART Single  
14 19/08/1827 George PACK Widower   Rachel PRENTISE Single  
15 26/09/1827 Timothy BETTS Single Kenninghall Mary Ann LEEDER Widow  
16 21/08/1828 George HALL Widower Gayton Thorpe Anne HOWES Single  
17 23/10/1828 Samuel Vere DASHWOOD     Caroline HAMOND Single  
18 28/10/1830 John CROOK Single   Susanna COLLINS Single  
19 22/02/1831 Abraham PHILIPS   Old Buckenham Maria WILLIAMS    
20 28/06/1831 George SEWELL Single   Rebecca BARRETT Single  
21 12/10/1832 James TAYLOR Single   Frances REYNOLDS Single  
22 07/07/1833 William CALVER Single North Lopham Phoebe SEWELL Single  
23 30/01/1834 Perry SMITH Single Rockland St Mary Rebecca SEWELL Widow  
24 05/10/1834 William JACKSON Single Kenninghall Elizabeth REYNOLDS Single  
25 15/06/1837 John RIBBONS Single Snetterton Mary Ann CROOKE Single  

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