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


The Parish

The parish of Runhall lies in central Norfolk roughly 5 miles northwest of the market town of Wymondham. Runhall sits just under 2 miles east of the B1135 road which connects Wymondham with East Dereham. Runhall is a small and rather dispersed settlement with no real village centre merely a scatter of farms and cottages across its small acreage. Runhall sits on the northern banks of the upper River Yare, the infant river gives the parish some water-meadows for pasturage which would have varied the farming regime from the normal arable which otherwise dominates the parish. Modern developments did come to the parish, a railway branch line from Wymondham through East Dereham came but nowadays is a heritage line as the Mid-Norfolk Line, albeit with some freight and plans to return the line to the network. The Yare drains the parish eastwards, passing by the city of Norwich to reach the North Sea through the port of Great Yarmouth. Runhall is sited around 40 metres above the sea in fairly gentle terrain where local heights rarely rise much above 60 metres. The area is characterised by numerous small parishes, Runhall being one of many, covering barely 850 acres it would have supported a population of close to 250 parishioners. In Domesday time Runhall was an equally small place, held by Count Alan of Brittany with just 3 ploughs meanwhile King William retained control of the mill.

The Church

All Saints' church lies somewhat away from the notional centre of Runhall, almost a half mile to the southeast, close to the Yare and sitting on the northern side of Church Lane. The presence of a round-tower in Norfolk is usually indicative of an early church and Pevsner confirms this dating the tower to the Norman Romanesque period of the 12th century, he does, however, mention documentary evidence of bequests in and around 1500 which contributed to the belfry stage in the Perpendicular style. The nave shows work consistent with a date of c1300 in the early Decorated period. The foreshortened length of the church is because the chancel was destroyed by fire in the late 16th century and the former chancel arch walled up as it was not rebuilt. Like most churches a Victorian restoration, in this case in the late 1860s which not only saw a refresh of the fabric & windows but also, a couple of years subsequent, saw the roofs replaced. Church Road is fairly narrow and wooden posts prevent parking on the mown verge so parking must be sought away from the church, the entrance through the hedged churchyard sits adjacent to a private dwelling's gravel drive. Once within the churchyard has few obstacles to the photographer.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
18th February 1755 - 11th December 1811
Norfolk Record Office - Reference - PD319/4
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
2 21st September 1813 - 22nd January 1837 Norfolk Record Office - Reference - PD319/5 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 3 Register - there are sufficient quality issues with this register to indicate that some misreads will occur albeit few in number Fading of this register may result in one or two misreads

Thuxton St Paul
Brandon Parva All Saints
Brandon Parva All Saints
Thuxton St Paul
Barnham Broom St Peter & St Paul
Hardingham St George
Coston St Michael
Barnham Broom St Peter & St Paul

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
15/01/1754 William BARNES Sarah CRISP
1 18/02/1755 Dewing FOX Barford Rebekah LANE
2 27/07/1756 Robert BETTS Widower Barnham Broom Frances TOOKE Widow
3 20/06/1758 John THURLING Shippa JOHNSON
22/10/1760 Mark SMITH Ellen BURRIDGE
11/01/1763 Nathaniel STAG Single Elizabeth PITCHER Single
18/01/1763 James BRIDGE Single Elizabeth POOLEY Single
16/10/1764 William ORTON Single Brandon Parva Sarah HOWARD Single
24/12/1764 Isaac DAYNES Single Martha FISHER Single
09/10/1765 Richard THURLING Single Sarah PITCHER Single
22/10/1765 Samuel PETTINGILL Widower Anne HARLEY Single
09/02/1767 Samuel ROSE Widower Anne HIPPERSON Widow
27/02/1767 Christopher HUMPHREY Single Mary STOCKMAN Single
20/07/1767 Jeremiah SWANSCOMB Widower Anne BUSH Single
16/05/1768 Robert JENNET Single Elizabeth BRIGHTON Single
06/10/1768 James RUSHMORE Single Elizabeth BARNARD Single
12/10/1768 John NEAVE Single Sarah PITCHER Single
01/08/1770 John BEALES Single Hannah JOHNSON Single
27/09/1771 Charles UTTING Single Carleton St Peter Mary Anne WHAITES Single
13/10/1774 Francis NORTON Single Elizabeth KING Single
16/10/1775 Edward TUCK Single Sarah SMITH Single
12/12/1775 Thomas HORKS Single Elinor FEANUCKS Single
19/02/1776 Thomas MARSHALL Widower Ellen SMITH Widow
03/08/1778 John CROWE Single Sarah CORY Single
16/10/1778 Robert BUSSY Single Judah HOLMES Single
27/01/1783 Richard PITCHER Single Anne HAYTHORPE Single
10/10/1783 Thomas CURBY Single Tottington Sarah MAN Single
27/10/1783 John STOUGHTON Widower Mary Freemoult FORSTER Single
09/10/1786 Francis REYNOLDS Single Mary PETTINGALL Single
24/10/1786 George GOLDSON Single Hardingham Shippey THURLING Single
22/01/1787 Daniel PITCHER Single Hester LIDDELOW Single
24/02/1788 Stephen ELMER Single Anne LINCOLN Single
17/03/1789 John FIELDER Widower Mattishall Elizabeth PETTINGALL Single
25/08/1791 Robert THURLING Single Muriel BROOKES Single
22/04/1793 Edward JENNY Single Wood Rising Elizabeth NEAVE Single
15/09/1795 Richard RICE Single Reymerston Sarah NAVE Single
25/04/1797 Henry NELSON Single Mary HOWLET Single
04/12/1797 John CLARKE Single Mary DRAPER Single
24/12/1798 William PALMER Single Hannah BLOCKWELL Single
30/10/1800 John OSBORN Single Carleton Rode Mary MURRELL Single
07/05/1801 John HUBBARD Single Brandon Parva Mary CULLYER Single
25/03/1802 William ATKINS Single Attleborough Elizabeth SPORE Single
20/05/1802 John ROWE Single Elizabeth NORTON Single
07/12/1804 Thomas Coningsby WATSON Single Kimberley Harriet SPORE Single
08/10/1805 John EMMS Single Mattishall Susanna PETTINGALL Single
07/08/1806 John TAYLOR Single Mary RUDD Single
23/10/1806 John BROWN Single Isabel BASSINGWAITE Single
02/02/1807 William JACKSON Single North Tuddenham Phebe NORTON Single
13/10/1808 William BROWNE Single Hannah PITCHER Single
26/11/1811 Benjamin BRIGGS Single Brandon Parva Olla CULLYER Single
11/12/1811 William BROWNE Single Sarah COLLS Single Welborne
1 21/09/1813 Jeremiah SMITH Single Charlotte HOWE Single
2 25/10/1813 Henry DENMARK Single Hannah OLLY Single
3 13/02/1814 Jeremiah SAYER Single Elizabeth HAWKES Single
4 10/06/1818 William HAYSTEAD Single Mary BARKHAM Single
5 03/10/1819 William SUTTON Single Brandon Parva Elizabeth BUNTING Single
6 19/03/1822 Thomas GILHAM Single Hethersett Harriett THURLING Single
7 14/04/1822 William BUNTING Single Mary ALLEN Single
8 15/07/1822 William BOUGHEN Single Whinburgh Sarah FISHER Single
9 18/10/1826 Edward BENNETT Widower Mary REEVE Single
10 10/11/1828 John WALPOLE Single Mary OLLEY Single
11 19/01/1832 Samuel LONG Single Rose OLLEY Single
12 21/05/1832 James BRIGGS Single Sarah ALLCOCK Single
13 21/02/1833 Robert NELSON Single Matilda SAVORY Single
14 09/01/1834 Robert GALEY Single Ann SMITH Single
15 13/02/1834 John ANTHONY Single Coston Barthalina PALMER Single
16 18/11/1834 Charles MURRELL Single Hannah PITCHER Single
17 10/12/1834 James BRIGHTLY Single Lydia OLLY Single
18 10/12/1834 John OLLY Widower Lucy HAWKES Single
19 28/01/1836 Robert REEVE Single Mary WRIGHT Widow
20 25/02/1836 Jonathan JACOB Single Harriet OLLEY Single
21 10/05/1836 Robert LIDDELOW Single Barnham Broom Harriete Marianne ATKINS Single
22 15/12/1836 John NEVE Single Elizabeth MEEK Single
23 22/01/1837 William BROWN Single Carleton Forehoe Ann FORD Single

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