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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Kempstone St Paul


The Parish

The parish of Kempstone lies in central Norfolk about 7 miles northeast of the market town of Swaffham. Kempstone sits, in lanes, about 1 mile south of the B1145 road which connects Bawdeswell & Litcham with King's Lynn. There is not much to modern day Kempstone and it would seem to have always been little more than a hamlet. Today it consist of farms and cottages scattered across a plain loosely grouped around Kempstone Lodge. Kempstone was and still is an arable farming community. Kempstone is drained the short distance northwards to the nearby Nar by a small stream, the Nar heads westwards to join the Great Ouse on the outskirts of King's Lynn before reaching the North Sea through The wash. Kempstone is sited at around 70 metres above the sea on the edge of a plateau with local heights rising little more than 10 metres higher. Kempstone parish was small, even by Norfolk standards, it covered just over 800 acres and would have supported barely 50 parishioners. In Domesday times it was equally small, a parish offering just two ploughs to its landholder William de Warenne.

The Church

St Paul's church is a ruin and largely inaccessible today, even Pevsner being unable to visit the site. Other more intrepid trespassers have visited despite the lack of rights of way and report an ivy covered ruin, roofless and partially collapsed. The tower would have been the oldest portion of the building, 14th century and Decorated in style. The remainder being later and Perpendicular in style. Archival photos reveal a pleasant but typical small Norfolk church. For those wishing to see the rubble of the building, some have approached from the west via farm tracks from the Litcham to Great Dunham road.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 22nd February 1770 - 16th October 1807 Norfolk Record Office - Reference - PD/460/1 Plain, ruled & bordered book containing combined Banns & Marriages Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None
2 25th December 1813 - 19th March 1835 Norfolk Record Office - Reference - PD/460/3 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None

East Lexham St Andrew
Litcham All Saints
Litcham All Saints
Great Dunham St Andrew
Beeston St Mary
Great Dunham St Andrew
Great Dunham St Andrew
Beeston St Mary
Great Fransham All Saints

Register Reference Date Groom Forename Groom Surname Groom Status Groom Abode Bride Forename Bride Surname Bride Status Bride Abode
22/02/1770 John FLAT Widower Crimplesham Mary YOUNGS Single  
20/04/1791 Paul HUNTER Single   Elizabeth BELL Single  
10/06/1792 Henry CATTON Single St John Maddermarket, Norwich Sarah CHAMBERLAIN Single  
10/10/1794 Edward MOYE Single   Elizabeth REEVE Single  
26/09/1797 Money GRIGGS Single Gateley Ann CHAMBERLAIN Single  
10/09/1798 David SAUNDERS Single   Elizabeth BECKET Single  
12/10/1798 William SENTHER Single North Elmham Elizabeth PAGE Single  
20/06/1799 William TAYLOR Widower   Elizabeth AKERS Single  
03/05/1802 John PARNELL Single Narborough Susan TAYLOR Single  
14/06/1802 Robert HARRISON Single Marham Elizabeth GANT Single  
29/12/1803 James MATHER Single Kings Lynn Mary WORDALE Single  
12/10/1807 William PAYNE Single   Mary ANDREWS Single  
16/10/1807 Stephen WATTS Single Litcham Jane CREAMER Single  
1 25/12/1813 Bartholomew BRYANT Widower Great Ryburgh Frances RANDALL Widow  
2 14/06/1814 Charles GOUT Single Great Dunham Mary IRESON Single  
3 23/03/1818 William LOWNDS Single   Frances BATTERBEE Single  
4 31/08/1819 John SMITH Single   Mary WOODS Single  
5 15/10/1826 John CLARK Single   Elizabeth BAXTER Single  
6 18/02/1829 James VINCENT Single   Mary Anne CALVERT Single  
7 18/06/1830 Chanberlayne BREEZE Single   Charlotte THOMPSON Single Sporle
8 30/05/1832 William CURTIS Single Litcham Ann MORTIMER Single  
9 28/06/1833 George MOY Single   Emily JARRETT Single  
10 19/03/1835 Abraham LEWIS Single   Maria BUCKLEY Single  

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