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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Shereford St Nicholas


The Parish

The parish of Shereford is situated in the northwestern portion of central Norfolk. Shereford is located about 2 miles west of the market town of Fakenham. Shereford sits in lanes about a mile south of the A148 road which links Fakenham with the port of King's Lynn. There is not much to Shereford, no village as such, just a scatter of farms and cottages sitting on the southern banks of the infant River Wensum. The area was largely arable at the time of this transcript and little has changed since although the Wensum water meadows offered variety in the form of pastures. The Wensum drains southeastwards to join the River Yare east of the city of Norwich and to reach the North Sea though the port of Great Yarmouth. Shereford is sited at around 40 metres above the sea, as it is in the valley local heights are some 20 metres higher but the landscape could best be described as gently rolling. Norfolk parishes are nationally small and Shereford is one of the smaller, it covered just over 800 acres and supported a population of less than 90 parishioners. In Domesday times Shereford was held by one William of Warenne and was equally small offering just 2 ploughs and a small meadow.

The Church

St Nicholas' church sits almost on the banks of the Wensum on a bend in the main lane through Shereford. The church, with its round tower characteristic of early churches, is old for a Norfolk church with many features from the Norman period. The southern doorway is Norman as is one window in the nave, much else is a century or two older e.g. 14th century. As with many Norfolk churches the Victorians made restorations and changes in the 19th century, the roofing dates from that period as does the conical top (described by Pevsner as "silly") to the western tower. Otherwise this is a pleasant small church tucked away in a remote corner of the county. The church sits on its bend, with room to park out front, behind a low brick-topped flint wall with a metal gateway granting access to the small churchyard. Views of the church are rather restricted to those from the south by many trees.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 28th November 1756 - 18th March 1782 and 20th December 1796 - 20th March 1813 Norfolk Record Office - Reference - PD/616/4 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 It is surmised that the gap was due to a period when the register was misplace
2 3rd October 1785 - 2nd October 1792 Norfolk Record Office - Reference - PD/616/5 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 Just 9 marriages are recorded in this interim register
3 5th December 1814 - 6th December 1836 Norfolk Record Office - Reference - PD/616/6 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None

Dunton cum Doughton St Peter
Sculthorpe St Mary & All Saints
Sculthorpe St Mary & All Saints
Dunton cum Doughton St Peter
Fakenham St Peter & St Paul
East Raynham St Mary
Toftrees All Saints
Toftrees 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 28/11/1756 Robert PEARCE Single Little Walsingham Mary MANN Widow  
05/08/1759 Joseph HARMON     Hannah HINDRY    
11/06/1760 William MEEK Single   Hannah CORNISH Single  
4 12/11/1761 John HINSBY Widower   Mary GUSH Widow  
5 19/01/1768 John HARPER Single   Alice JARRARD Single  
6 09/04/1769 Robert LYNN Single   Mary DENNIS Single  
7 30/04/1770 Francis HILL Widower Necton Ann REYNOLDS Single  
8 15/05/1770 Thomas WALKER Single Fakenham Jane WEBSTER Single  
9 11/05/1772 James THOMPSON Single   Martha WAKEFIELD Single  
10 14/10/1776 William LANGLEY Single   Margaret JARVIS Single  
11 03/02/1777 Thomas JUGG Widower Fakenham Mary HAGAN Single  
13 31/08/1779 Robert COLE Single Grimston Anne CONEY Single  
14 26/10/1780 John WHITEMAN Single Billingford By Dereham Mary CONEY Single  
15 18/03/1782 William HOOKS Single Sandringham Alice THISTLE Single  
1 03/10/1785 John REY Widower   Hannah HARMON Widow  
2 12/11/1786 Benjamin EWIN Single   Jane TAN Widow  
3 28/10/1787 Thomas BETTS Single   Mary FIDDEMAN Single  
4 08/04/1788 Thomas OVERLAND Single Rougham Mary PYCROFT Single  
5 04/03/1789 John HILTON Single Rougham Susanna LINES Single  
6 31/10/1790 Allen DRAKE Single   Elizabeth LOOS Single  
7 03/11/1790 Charles SIMMONS Widower Fakenham Mary TUFFTS Widow  
8 04/10/1791 Thomas CONEY Single   Sarah LOVE Single Fakenham
9 02/10/1792 Samuel POTTER Single Fakenham Margaret GOODWYN Single  
16 20/12/1796 William WOODHOUSE Single Toftrees Sarah WOODS Single  
17 07/11/1797 Thomas ANDREWS Single   Rebecca MAYES Single  
18 26/01/1801 James WARTIGAINS Single   Mary WITHERS Single  
19/10/1802 John NORMAN Single   Esther THOMPSON Single  
01/06/1803 William VEARS Single   Susanna BAXTER Single  
08/11/1803 William KENDALL Single   Mary LANGLEY Single  
24/12/1804 Thomas HARPER Single   Mary TAYLOR Single Hindolveston
08/12/1807 John LANGLEY Single   Mary DOWLING Single  
30/10/1810 Edward VERDAGIN Single   Mary BAXTER Single  
20/03/1812 Thomas FULLER Single   Ellen GRANGE   Sporle
1 05/12/1814 Thomas MAYES Single   Anne ARMS Single  
2 17/01/1815 William SKIPPON Single   Rebecca ANDREWS Widow  
3 15/01/1817 Robert LYNN Single Fakenham Anne JARRETT   Fakenham
4 17/01/1817 Samuel WEEDS Widower East Ruston Sarah Anne CONEY Single  
5 25/03/1817 William GRINT Single   Charlotte BERWICK Single  
6 16/10/1821 James ALLCOCK Widower   Mary ROBINS Single  
7 28/10/1822 William BERWICK Single   Mary Anne CRANMER Single  
8 29/10/1822 Edmund PLANE Single Sculthorpe Anne BETTS Single  
9 18/05/1824 John CARTER Single   Mary LANGLEY Single  
10 06/11/1827 Matthew LONG Single   Mary WILLIAMSON Single  
11 28/01/1828 Robert SAVAGE Single   Mary GENTLEMAN Single  
12 04/11/1828 James DUCKER Single   Margaret BUNYAN Single  
13 12/01/1829 William BURROUGHS Widower   Elizabeth MOORE Widow  
14 04/10/1831 William BETTS Single   Mary FROST Single  
15 22/10/1832 Martin NOCKOLDS Single Saffron Walden, Essex Anne OVERTON Single  
16 03/02/1833 George RICHES Single Ely, Cambridgeshire Mary POTTER Single  
17 28/05/1833 William LANGLEY Single   Susan ADDISON Single  
18 13/12/1833 Edward LANGLEY Single   Sarah FIELDS Single  
19 06/12/1836 John WEST Single Taverham Anne ALCOCK Single  

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