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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Horsey All Saints


The Parish

The parish of Horsey is located in eastern Norfolk, indeed it forms part of Norfolk's eastern North Sea coast. Horsey is in a remote area of the Norfolk coast about 11 miles north of the seaside resort and port of Great Yarmouth. Horsey village sits on the narrow and twisting coastal lane which parallels the shore. Horsey is small with most housing grouped around the combination of Hall & Church on a sharp bend in the lane. The landscape hereabouts is flat grazing marsh protected from the ravages of the North Sea by a barrier of coastal dunes. This fragile barrier has been breached many times most notoriously in 1953 when Horsey suffered terribly. To emphasise the vulnerability Horsey stands at barely 1 metre above sea level, despite this proximity to the sea, however, the drainage is flowing westwards to join the River Thurne and thence the Broadland river systems which exit through Great Yarmouth. This idiosyncrasy shows the threat of salt inundation to the Norfolk Broads, an event that would, should it happen, return the land to the south to its former status as an island, Flegg Island. The landuse is dominated by grazing cattle on the rich marsh grasses, although much is nowadays preserved as nature reserves, reserves which throng with birds in particular in winter. The parish is small as befits a southern parish and only supported just over 150 parishioners. In Domesday times the land was split 4 ways although one Roger Bigot held the majority, the parish supported 22 ploughs as well as meadows, salthouses and a mill - a wealthy place indeed.

The Church

All Saints church sits in the heart of Horsey accessed down a narrow tree-covered (a rarity in these parts) lane. The round tower is usually indicative of an early church but Pevsner is more cautious going for 13th century. The church seems to have been built all as a piece from that century, only changed during a lengthy restoration in Victorian time. The church follows the standard pattern of nave, chancel and western tower. The churchyard is surrounded by a low flint wall with access through a pair of wooden gates at the eastern end of the site. The graveyard is dotted with rather tall mature trees, the landscape all around being devoid of trees apart from a few pollarded willows this is an oasis. The tree cover does, however, rather restrict photography angles although there are good enough views of the entire building.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 26th November 1754 - 12th October 1812 Norfolk Record Office - Reference - PD/339/3 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 13th April 1813 - 31st March 1835 Norfolk Record Office - Reference - PD/339/4 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 1 Register - Few issues noted and a low likelihood of misreads None

Hickling St Mary
Waxham St John
Hickling St Mary
Potter Heigham St Nicholas
Potter Heigham St Nicholas
Martham St Mary
West Somerton St Mary
Winterton Holy Trinity & All Saints

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 26/11/1754 Samuel GOSLING Single   Ann RICHES Single  
2 10/01/1755 John EMMESON Single   Elizabeth MONEY Single  
3 22/08/1755 John MACK Single   Willoughby DIBALL Single  
4 13/04/1760 Samuel GOSLING Widower   Elizabeth BALLS Widow  
5 19/10/1762 Francis DANIEL Single Hemsby Deborah RICHES Single  
6 09/11/1762 William WRIGHT Single Hickling Elizabeth GRICE Widow  
7 02/05/1764 Joseph CROME Single   Jane AMYS Single  
8 06/10/1767 John TOOLY Single   Sarah JAY Single  
9 09/07/1770 Benjamin HARRISON Single   Susannah RICHES    
10 15/07/1776 John ELSDEN Single Ingham Hannah WOOLSTON Single  
11 29/03/1778 John SIDLE Single   Mary BOORE Single  
12 25/02/1779 Richard PRATT Widower   Mary CORTON Widow  
13 07/11/1779 William BARBER Widower   Elizabeth AMES Single  
14 25/11/1783 Thomas FLORENCE Single   Anne CATER Single  
15 28/07/1785 William TULEY Single   Mary GUY Single  
16 07/11/1785 John DOWE Single   Mary HERRING Single  
17 04/02/1790 John WOOLSTON Single   Kezia EMPSON Single  
17 22/10/1792 John Davey WOOLSTON Single   Elizabeth NICHOLS Single  
18 13/05/1793 William NICHOLLS Single   Elizabeth CHENEY Single  
19 06/02/1800 John EMPSON Single   Elizabeth BISHOP Single  
20 03/09/1801 Benjamin BISHOP Single   Sarah BUTTS Single  
21 19/11/1801 Robert PLATTEN Widower   Mary EMPSON Single  
22 15/09/1803 Richard JOHNSON Single   Elizabeth RICHMOND Single  
23 15/11/1803 William KNIGHTS Single   Susanna EMPSON Single  
24 16/06/1806 John KNIGHTS Single   Elizabeth GROUT Single  
25 24/05/1807 John HERRING Single   Jemima JOHNSON Single  
27 16/11/1807 Robert JOHNSON Single   Elizabeth SIMPSON Single  
28 29/11/1810 William COCKRELL Single   Mary CAULKE Single  
29 27/12/1810 Samuel JOHNSON Single   Margaret RAYNOLDS Single  
30 02/10/1811 John EMPSON Widower   Sarah WIGG Single  
31 12/10/1812 John PLANE Single   Mary RYE Single  
1 13/04/1813 Aaron MOORE     Mary Ann HAYLOCK    
2 21/11/1814 Joseph FISH Single   Elizabeth CAULK Single  
3 03/04/1815 Robert REYNOLDS Single   Elizabeth RUMP Single  
4 10/12/1815 Richard SYMONDS Single   Mary HENDRY    
5 31/03/1817 Edmund SYMONDS Single   Mary POWELS Single  
6 18/11/1824 Robert HAYLETT Single Winterton Keziah MORTER Single  
7 12/06/1825 Henry WOOLSTON Single   Mary RUMP Single  
8 26/06/1825 John DAWSON Single   Elizabeth DAWSON Widow  
9 11/10/1826 Daniel WATERS Widower   Mary LOWNE Single  
10 30/11/1827 James JOHNSON Single   Mary JOHNSON Single  
11 23/08/1829 George KERRISON Single   Sarah JOHNSON Single  
12 02/05/1830 Samuel CLARK Single   Elizabeth JOHNSON Single  
13 14/11/1830 Samuel CRANE Single   Ann BISHOP Single  
14 06/07/1831 James GRAVER Single   Elizabeth CUBITT Single  
15 14/10/1833 John JOHNSON Single   Sarah UTTING Single  
16 31/03/1835 Benjamin BISHOP Single   Sarah JOHNSON Single  

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