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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Newton by Castle Acre All Saints


The Parish

The parish of Newton (given the suffix "by Castle Acre" to distinguish it from the 2 other Newtons in Norfolk). lies in west central Norfolk about 4 miles north of the market town of Swaffham. Newton sits on the A1065 road which connects Swaffham with Fakenham. There is very little to Newton, an inn and a collection of farms marks its presence on the A1065, and it has seemingly always been a small settlement. Situated on the southern banks of the River Nar Newton's economy would have been dominated by arable farming like so many parts of the county but pastures in the valley bottom would have added some variety. The Nar drains the parish westwards heading out into Norfolk's Fenland to reach the Great Ouse and eventually the North Sea through The Wash and the port of King's Lynn. Newton is sited at around 40 metres above the sea in gently rounded land underpinned by chalk with local heights rising to above 80 metres within a couple of miles. Newton parish was typically small, as are many Norfolk parishes, it covered just over 900 acres and would have held a tiny population of fewer than 100 parishioners. Newton gets a mention in Domesday Book where it shared between the King & Ivo Tallboys, collectively their holdings could offer 7 ploughs albeit there were 2 mills and a half share in a salthouse.

The Church

All Saints' church sits adjacent to the A1065 on its northern side, squeezed between road and river. The church is one of the oldest in Norfolk and Pevsner confidently dates the majority of the structure as Saxon. The church follows an unusual layout with its central tower, which is also unusual as such ancient towers are traditionally round. The nave has a few Decorated windows which are probably modifications to the originals and the chancel shows signs of remodeling in the typical church-building era of the 14th century but largely the church seems almost intact and of the pre-Norman period. The site is fringed by a wide grassy verge with a worn pull-in to park. A low flint wall, topped by brick surrounds the churchyard with gates at the western end. A few trees, clustered around the western end, limit the angles, but not irrevocably, for photography.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 26th October 1757 - 16th December 1811 Norfolk Record Office - Reference - PD/410/2 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 20th September 1814 - 9th October 1836 Norfolk Record Office - Reference - PD/410/3 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None

Castle Acre St James
Castle Acre St James
West Lexham St Nicholas
Castle Acre St James
Southacre St George
Great Dunham St Andrew
Sporle St Mary the Virgin
Sporle St Mary the Virgin
Little Dunham St Margaret
Little Dunham St Margaret

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 26/10/1757 John CULLING Single Sporle Susan HOOKS Single  
2 24/07/1762 Edward SMITH Single Castle Acre Sarah MIDDLETON Widow  
3 10/10/1771 Thomas CULLUM     Mary HOLLMAN    
4 19/10/1773 John BACK   Castle Rising Elizabeth DENNY    
5 08/01/1775 John BURCH Widower   Ellen CUE Single  
6 21/05/1781 Samuel WINGRIEF Widower   Hagar CHILD Single  
7 29/10/1782 Richard DENNY Single West Lexham Elizabeth ARMS Single  
8 26/02/1784 William SEPPINGS Single Southacre Sarah MARTIN Single  
9 11/10/1784 William DENNY Single   Sarah CLARKE Single  
10 21/12/1787 John Rix BLAKELY   Thrandeston, Suffolk Elizabeth MARTIN Single  
11 29/11/1791 John LAWS Single   Mary COBB Single  
12 09/10/1794 Matthew MARTIN Single Tottenhill Martha MARTIN Single  
11/07/1797 Henry EDMANS Single   Mary CALLABY Single  
13 23/10/1803 Robert TRUNDLE Single Gayton Ann BLOMFIELD Single  
30/09/1807 John BURTON   East Lexham Ann MIDDLETON    
22/02/1808 Edward CARRINGTON Single Mileham Mary TUFFS Single  
16/12/1811 William SPENCER Single West Bradenham Hannah BULLARD Single  
1 20/09/1814 Henry ENGLEDOW Widower   Alice COLLING    
2 24/11/1814 Thomas RIX Single   Elizabeth BLOOMFIELD    
3 07/12/1815 Joseph BLOOM Single Lincoln, Lincolnshire Mary WALKER Single  
4 27/10/1817 John KEMP Single   Elizabeth TWYTES Single  
5 02/11/1818 Thomas NEAVE Widower Great Fransham Sarah BLOOMFIELD Single  
6 01/09/1825 Stephen WILLIAMS Single   Mary SMITH Single  
7 24/10/1827 Joseph SIMPSON Single   Elizabeth WEBB Single  
8 10/06/1831 Thomas MATTHEWS Widower   Maria BARNELL Single  
9 20/04/1833 John ADKINS Single   Mary Ann LINES Single  
10 29/08/1833 Thomas ANDREWS Single   Alice ADKINS Single  
11 09/10/1836 John DARKINS Single   Sarah BIRCH Single  

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