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


The Parish

The parish of Morston sits on Norfolk's northern coastline, albeit separated from the North Sea by the spit of Blakeney Point. Morston sits on the A149 coastal road about 5 miles east of the port of Wells-next-the-sea and a couple of miles west of the small port of Blakeney. Morston is a relatively small village sitting with its feet just above the salt marshes of the Norfolk northern coast, it would have had a split income stream at the time of this transcription, arable farming inland and grazing, wildfowling & fishing in the nearby Blakeney Harbour. Nowadays Morston earns much of its income from tourism, it is a delightful place for walking (the Norfolk Coastal Path passes through) as well as a base for visits by small boat to the seal colony on Blakeney point. Morston is drained by numerous small creeks which drain into the main channels of Blakeney Harbour just to the north. Morston sits at just 4 metres above the sea, an issue when winter storm surges sweep down the North Sea. Morston parish was of a fairly typical size for a Norfolk parish, it covered just over 2,100 acres and would have supported a population of around 170 parishioners. In Domesday times Morston was small indeed, it was shared between one Roger Bigot & the King, himself but could only offer a couple of ploughs.

The Church

All Saints' church sits on the southern side of the A149 at its junction with the lane which runs southwards to Langham. By Norfolk standards this is an early church, Pevsner dates much of the building to the 12th or 13th centuries. The earliest portion is the base of the western tower which carries a 12th century date, of the 13th is the chancel & arcades whilst the nave is Perpendicular and of the late 15th century. One feature of the interior is the screen with its painting of 8 saints. A wide parking area sits at the junction and the churchyard, which is rather extensive, is bordered by a chest-height brick-topped flint wall. A wooden gateway grants access and once inside the initial screening trees there are few impediments to photography.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 5th August 1754 - 28th September 1812 Norfolk Record Office - Reference - PD/478/3 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 19th September 1813 - 18th April 1837 Norfolk Record Office - Reference - PD/478/4 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None

Stiffkey St John & St Mary
Blakeney St Nicholas, St Mary & St Thomas
Blakeney St Nicholas, St Mary & St Thomas
Stiffkey St John & St Mary
Blakeney St Nicholas, St Mary & St Thomas
Cockthorpe All Saints
Langham St Andrew & St Mary
Blakeney St Nicholas, St Mary & St Thomas
Langham St Andrew & St Mary

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 05/08/1754 Thomas LISTER Single Wells Next The Sea Anne COE Single  
2 13/01/1756 John SMITH Single Wiveton Anne BUTTER Single  
3 10/10/1757 Humphrey RISEBURY Single   Mary HARMER Single  
4 25/06/1759 Robert MARGESON Single   Mary COE Single  
5 11/10/1759 Robert BRANDON Single Hindringham Sarah BUTTER Single  
6 25/01/1760 William BUTTER Single   Elizabeth EMERY Single Briston
7 22/06/1762 Thomas STRAYCOCK Single Wells Next The Sea Allice HARRISON Single  
8 15/08/1762 Edmund BOND Single   Mary MARGESON Single  
9 12/07/1763 Samuel WILLOWS Single   Elizabeth COE Single  
10 08/10/1765 William MAYES Single   Frances HARRISON    
11 23/04/1767 George EMERY Single   Sarah ABEL Single Hempstead By Holt
12 19/06/1769 John WALKER   Wighton Catharine MAYS    
13 21/03/1773 William PROUDFOOT Widower Kings Lynn Sarah ROWLAND Single  
14 10/05/1774 Richard RISEBOROUGH Widower   Mary PENTNEY Single  
15 11/10/1774 James TWIDDY Single   Elizabeth FIDDY Single  
16 22/01/1776 James REEVE Single Kings Lynn Mary FARTHING Single  
17 04/03/1776 Thomas BAKER Single   Mary DIGBY Single  
18 05/11/1776 Edward MARTINS Single   Anne GRIMES Single  
19 28/07/1777 Jonathan WRENCH   Edgefield Elizabeth BUTTER Single  
20 29/09/1777 Robert BUTTER Single   Mary MARCH Single  
21 22/03/1780 William JOHNSON Single Langham Margaret HOPPER Single  
22 08/01/1781 John JEWELL Widower   Alice BARNS Single  
23 24/01/1785 Robert PENTENEY Single   Margaret BURCHAM Single  
24 03/11/1790 William MATTHEWS Single   Sarah HOLMAN Single  
25 03/02/1791 John DIX Single   Mary BUTTER Single  
26 22/11/1792 James BAKER Single Stiffkey Anne HARRISON Single  
27 25/03/1793 James KING Single Barney Lydia BUCK Single  
28 30/09/1793 Edmund CHAPLIN Single   Anne MASSINGHAM Single  
29 29/03/1798 George ENGLAND   Hindringham Mary BUCK Single  
29 30/07/1798 John PARMETER   Burgh Next Aylsham Anne BUCK Single  
30 20/10/1801 David DENT Widower   Tamazine BLOY Single  
31 19/10/1802 William CRASK Single   Mary SHORTING Single  
32 22/10/1804 John ROWE Single   Ann BALLS Single  
33 04/03/1805 Robert HURN Single   Sarah TWIDDY Single  
34 11/03/1805 John RIVETT Single   Ann SALMON Single  
35 01/07/1805 Richard BATCH Single   Ann JEWELL Single  
36 08/06/1806 John JOY Single Swaffham Jane GARRETT Single  
37 25/06/1807 Nicholas FROWHAWK Single Brisley Rosamond WRENCH Single  
38 03/11/1807 Thomas BAKER Widower   Mary PILCH Single  
39 18/07/1809 Isaiah PULEY Single   Elizabeth PELLS Single  
40 09/01/1810 Edmund WORDINGHAM Single   Lydia RISEBURY Single  
41 28/09/1812 Robert LONG Single   Ann FREARY Single  
1 19/09/1813 Henry BIRD Widower Houghton St Giles Elizabeth RISEBOROUGH Single  
2 18/01/1815 William FULLER Single   Elizabeth DIX Single  
3 11/08/1817 John CURLE Single Blakeney Hannah DIX Single  
4 20/10/1817 Henry BUTTERS Single   Mary LINES Single  
5 17/03/1818 George HOOKE Single Langham Sarah BALLS Single  
6 12/07/1819 James FUTTER Single Letheringsett Rebecca BALLS Single  
7 04/04/1820 George WOOD Single Gresham Elizabeth WRENCH Single  
8 07/11/1820 Francis GIRDLESTONE Single   Lydia MARCH Single  
9 27/08/1821 John BUNTON Single   Mary POINTER Single  
10 27/09/1821 William HOOK Single   Mary BROUGHTON Single  
11 12/03/1822 Charles NEAL Widower   Charlotte NEWTON Single  
12 22/10/1822 Charles JACKSON Single   Elizabeth EWEN Single  
13 16/06/1823 Thomas NEAL Single   Susan CURLE Single  
14 01/07/1823 John PELLS Single   Amelia CLAXTON Single  
15 22/07/1823 Robert EVERETT Single   Ann HOWELL Single  
16 10/02/1824 Thomas DAVEY Single   Elizabeth JEARY Single  
17 22/11/1824 Hugh RUMP Single Wells Next The Sea Jemima BUCK Single  
18 16/03/1825 George LAMB Widower   Elizabeth WADE Widow  
19 02/01/1826 Francis GRIFFIN Single   Margaret BUNN Single  
20 02/10/1826 Thomas MITCHEL Widower Burnham Ulph And Sutton Phoebe PLUMB Widow  
21 22/06/1828 William HARMER Single   Mary GIDNEY Single  
22 21/11/1828 William PELLS Single   Elizabeth KENDLE Single  
23 12/01/1830 Charles NEAL Widower   Sarah HURN Widow  
24 01/03/1831 William HARMER Widower   Elizabeth LONG Single  
25 14/11/1832 James Patrick COKERALL     Harriet WEST Single Portsmouth, Hampshire
26 01/07/1833 Richard NASH Single   Matilda FROHAWK Single Gateley
27 31/10/1833 John ROW Single   Elizabeth MUSSET Single  
28 12/03/1834 Robert PAUL Single   Mary Anne HURN Single  
29 10/11/1834 Samuel MASSINGHAM Single Blakeney Sarah ROWE Single  
30 12/12/1835 John HARMAN Single   Sarah Anne STONE Single Stiffkey
31 14/06/1836 Nicholas ROBINS Single   Catherine WALKER Single Clerkenwell, Middlesex
32 02/08/1836 Thomas BIRD Single Langham Elizabeth WORDINGHAM Single  
33 16/08/1836 John Franklin ELLIS Single Holt Anna Maria BUCK Single  
34 09/02/1837 John KIRBY Widower   Caroline STIBBARD Single  
35 18/04/1837 Samuel THOMPSON Single   Mary CRASK Single  

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