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


The Parish

The parish of Tunstall lies in southeastern Norfolk about 2 miles southeast of the large village of Acle and a similar distance south of the A47 road which connects the city of Norwich with the port of Great Yarmouth. Tunstall is a very small village, little more than a hamlet, sitting on the edge of the vast grazing marshes which lie to its east. The village sits just above the level of the marshes on what would,m in Roman times have been the shore of an estuary, nowadays confined to Breydon Water. Tunstall would have earned its living from a combination of arable farming on the drier land, grazing of cattle on the marshes as well as the wildfowling, reed thatch production and river traffic that their site would have enabled. The River Bure lies just to the north and would have drained the parish eastwards through to the Yare and the North Sea through Great Yarmouth. Tunstall is sited at just 10 metres above the sea in largely flat or gently rolling countryside, local heights barely rise above 25 metres for many miles. With large areas of grazing marsh, largely recovered by drainage, Tunstall parish covered a large area for a parish in its area, almost 1,600 acres would have supported a population of around 100 parishioners. In Domesday times Tunstall was clearly a more significant place, shred between 5 land holders it could offer 6 ploughs as well as meadows and did possess a salthouse.

The Church

St Peter & St Paul's church, despite its apparent parlous state, is still used for worship, it sits at the heart of the village where the main lane (Tunstall Road) jinks through the main area of settlement. Pevsner failed in dating the church due to the damage which has occurred stating that most details have been lost or are buried within ivy cladding. He did detect some Decorated style windows and this is probably indicative of a typical Norfolk church crossing the style change from Decorated into Perpendicular and probably originating in the 14th century. Many changes took place during the mid 1850s including the extension of the chancel in brick. As Tunstall road turns east for a short while there is a small triangular green with a large tree, behind a gate leads into the rather overgrown churchyard. The trees do restrict photographic angles of what is left of the building.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 25th August 1767 - 16th October 1774 Norfolk Record Office - Reference - PD/353/1 Plain, unruled book, a continuation of the extant composite register in contravention of Hardwicke's segregation & wording requirements Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None
2 5th July 1778 Norfolk Record Office - Reference - PD/353/2 Plain, unruled book, a further composite register in contravention of Hardwicke's segregation & wording requirements Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None

A single entry
3 5th January 1784 - 21st July 1801 Norfolk Record Office - Reference - PD/353/3 Standard preprinted and self-numbered Marriage register with 4 entries per page Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None
4 14th June 1813 - 21st March 1837 Norfolk Record Office - Reference - PD/353/4 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None

NB there is some water-damage but this does not impact legibility

Acle St Edmund
Acle St Edmund
Stokesby with Herringsby St Andrew
Acle St Edmund
Cantley St Margaret (detached)
Burlingham St Andrew (detached)
Moulton St Mary
Halvergate St Peter & St Paul
Halvergate St Peter & St Paul

Register Reference Date Groom Forename Groom Surname Groom Status Groom Abode Bride Forename Bride Surname Bride Status Bride Abode
25/08/1767 John ARTIS Single   Anne MOYSE Widow  
18/08/1772 Samuel JULER Single Halvergate Rebekah WRIGHT Single  
05/07/1774 John WHALE Widower Freethorpe Ann REYNOLDS Widow  
16/10/1774 Nathaniel CATCHPOLE Single Bunwell Bridget WRIGHT Single  
05/07/1778 Samuel HINDREY Widower Wroxham Ann MICKLEBURGH Single  
1 05/01/1784 John SMITH Single Burlingham St Andrew Elizabeth BATELY Single  
2 11/06/1787 John ROBBINS Single   Susannah DAY Single  
3 07/06/1792 James MILES Single Burlingham St Andrew Mary BATELY    
4 26/06/1792 William ECCLESTONE Single Wickhampton Esther BATELY Single  
5 10/10/1792 Matthew POWELL Single   Elizabeth MARSH Single  
6 04/12/1795 George William BAKER Single Acle Susanna BATELY Single  
7 26/12/1797 George BOULT Single Moulton Rebecca BATELY Single  
8 24/06/1800 Matthew POWELL Widower   Sarah BOWMAN Single  
9 11/08/1800 William Sparke CRISP Single Woodton Ann GOOCH Widow  
10 21/07/1801 John BURDETT Single   Hannah GIBBS Single  
1 14/06/1813 Jeremiah BECKS Single   Susanna COLLINS Single  
2 29/09/1818 Samuel CLARKE Widower   Rebecca KERRISON Single  
3 31/01/1820 Isaac GILLINGS Single Upton Martha POWLE Single  
4 03/12/1821 William WATERS Single   Mary JAY Single  
5 22/04/1834 John BORRETT Single Mutford, Suffolk Mary BOULT Single  
6 18/05/1836 Henry BOULT Widower Heigham Ann BOULT Single  
7 21/03/1837 Robert KIDMAN   Repps With Bastwick Elizabeth BOULT Single Moulton

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