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Marriages 1754 - 1837
Adstone All Saints


The Parish

Adstone is a small chapelry of the wider parish of Canons Ashby and lies in southwestern Northamptonshire about 7 miles northwest of the market town of Towcester. Adstone lies in an area of the county almost completely avoided by major roads, the closest numbered road to Adstone being the A5 which passes through Towcester, itself. A small and compact crossroads settlement Adstone would have, and still is, a farming community with arable chief amongst the mix, some employment was also available quarrying the local sandstone for building materials. Adstone is drained southeastwards by a small tributary of the River Towe which is joined near Towcester, thence to the Great Ouse north of Northampton and to the North Sea through The Fens to The Wash. Adstone is sited at around 160 metres above the sea on a relatively high plateau forming much of this part of the county, local heights rise a further 25 metres or so within a couple of miles. The area of the chapelry was comparable to parishes in this area, covering 1,400 acres it would have supported around 200 parishioners, as a chapelry many parishioners would have married in the mother church at Canons Ashby. In Domesday times the majority of Adstone was held personally by King William, collectively it could offer 24 ploughs, woodland and 2 mills making it a middling sort of place at that time.

The Church

All Saints' church sits on the southern edge of the triangle of roads forming the notional centre of Adstone. Despite heavy Victorian restoration enough fabric and detail remains to determine that this was originally a church of the 13th century. The southern aisle is confidently dated to the early 13th century whilst the Early English Gothic lancet in the west wall of the nave confirms such a date. Most of the detail, however, dates from the extensive restorations in Victorian times. The major work was in 1843 when the chancel was added but further work occurred in 1896 to arrive at today's building. The church occupies a corner site with post & rail to the west and a low local stone wall to its right, there is ample space on the grassy verges to the west for parking. Sadly the churchyard is over-endowed with trees making for a difficult subject to adequately capture in full.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 6th May 1759 - 19th October 1835 Northamptonshire Archives - Reference - 005P/01 Plain, unruled book, a continuation of the extant composite register in contravention of both Hardwicke's & Rose's segregation & wording requirements Grade 3 Register - there are sufficient quality issues with this register to indicate that some misreads will occur albeit few in number Batches of marriages are scattered through the baptisms and burials making it tricky to spot every instance, as a result there is a possibility of accidental omission, fading also makes it a difficult read and there is a possibility too of misread

Preston Capes St Peter
Preston Capes St Peter
Maidford St Peter & St Paul
Canons Ashby St Mary
Maidford St Peter & St Paul
Moreton Pinkney St Mary
Plumpton St John the Baptist
Blakesley St Mary

Register Reference Date Groom Forename Groom Surname Groom Status Groom Abode Bride Forename Bride Surname Bride Status Bride Abode
06/05/1759 William MARRIOT Single Preston Deanery Mary COOK Single  
10/11/1759 William GIBBINS Widower   Grace SMITH Single Newnham
01/07/1761 Samuel UNDERWOOD Single   Elizabeth BEDDING Single  
17/10/1761 John HINKS Single   Elizabeth BALDWIN Single  
21/04/1763 Valentine BARFORD Single Abthorpe Elizabeth GIBBINS Single  
09/04/1765 Daniel SHIPTON Single Eydon Elizabeth BEAUCHAMP Single  
09/09/1765 John WELCH Widower   Sarah HOCKING Single Moreton Pinkney
01/06/1770 Thomas WARWICK   Pattishall Mary DRAPER    
03/06/1772 Thomas GIBBINS     Elizabeth BENSON    
04/08/1773 William GIBBONS Single   Elizabeth GOSTELOW Widow  
06/10/1774 Job HAWKS   Staverton Elizabeth RUSHAL    
10/09/1776 William FLEED     Ann GIBBS    
10/03/1782 Henry STEVENS Single Newton Purcell, Oxfordshire Elizabeth HORWOOD Single  
30/12/1830 Thomas SMITH     Cecilia DUNKLEY    
06/06/1831 William EARL   Maidford Sarah BOOT    
27/06/1831 John UNDERWOOD     Mary Ann BULL    
13/10/1831 Martin COALS     Mary Ann SKELCHER    
01/12/1831 John WELCH     Mary BAMFORD   Middleton Cheney
13/10/1832 Thomas UNDERWOOD     Sarah HINES    
10/06/1833 George GREEN     Matilda KING    
12/10/1835 James ALLEN   Syresham Catherine DRAKE    
19/10/1835 Thomas WILSON Single Moreton Pinkney Ann TALBOT Single  

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