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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Balscote St Mary Magdalene


The Parish

The chapelry of Balscote, sometimes rendered Balscott, lies in the extreme north of Oxfordshire not too far from both borders with neighbouring Warwickshire & Northamptonshire. Balscote is located about 5 miles west of the market town of Banbury, it is a chapelry of the wider parish of Wroxton. Balscote is a small and compact village situated a half mile south of the A422 road which links Banbury with the Warwickshire town of Stratford upon Avon. Balscote would have largely earned its living from farming, a mixed regime with sheep rearing predominating. Balscote is drained by the infant Sor Brook which heads southeastwards joining the Cherwell south of Banbury, heading south the Cherwell meets the Thames at oxford and thence eastwards through the capital to the North Sea. Balscote is sited at around 150 metres above the sea and sits on something of a plateau with the nearby Sor Brook cut 25 metres deeper, local heights rise to a further 10 metres higher. Balscote was only consecrated as a full parish in 1821, then just over 600 acres were allocated from the wider parish of Wroxton, those 600 acres would have supported a population of close to 200 parishioners, albeit marriages prior to 1821 would have been recorded at Wroxton. In Domesday times Balscote was one of the many possessions of Bishop Odo of Bayeux, an equally small place offering just 3 ploughs and a small meadow.

The Church

St Mary Magdalene's church sits at the heart of this picturesque village on the eastern side of Shutford Lane. The church is essentially a creation of the 14th century Decorated style, a reused lancet window is, however, indicative of perhaps a rebuild at that time of an earlier building. The church has a nonstandard arrangement of its features with the tower built above the southern porch rather than in the usual western position of this period. The tower is also curiously thin and only buttressed to the height of the doorway arch, a perilous design that has fallen in many similar churches. The topmost stage of the tower is the only piece with later connections, the battlemented bell-stage being in the Perpendicular style. For once Pevsner does not mention (or criticise) any Victorian restoration so one can assume that if it occurred it was light or sensitive. The church is built in an elevated position and set behind fronting properties, a substantial flight of steps being needed to reach the churchyard, space for a single car at their base. The churchyard is open and relatively free of photographic obstacles.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 10th October 1821 - 20th June 1836 Oxfordshire History Centre - Reference - PAR15/1/R3/1 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None

Alkerton St Michael
Wroxton All Saints
Wroxton All Saints
Alkerton St Michael
Wroxton All Saints
Shutford St Martin
Shutford St Martin
Broughton St Mary

Register Reference Date Groom Forename Groom Surname Groom Status Groom Abode Bride Forename Bride Surname Bride Status Bride Abode
1 10/10/1821 John ADKINS Single Adderbury Suckey WILLIAMS Single  
2 04/07/1822 William WILLIAMS Single   Ann WELLS    
3 13/03/1823 John WHITMORE     Elizabeth QUARTERMAN    
4 10/07/1823 John BLISS Single Aston Le Walls, Northamptonshire Elizabeth MILLER    
5 04/08/1823 William RASTING   Tiffield, Northamptonshire Ann ARIS    
6 31/10/1825 John MOOL   Middleton Cheney, Northamptonshire Hannah QUARTERMAN    
7 11/07/1826 Richard GARDNER Single   Ann TURNER    
8 28/09/1826 John WILCOX     Elizabeth GRIFFIN    
9 09/01/1827 William BUDD   Boddington, Northamptonshire Ann MILLER    
10 06/12/1827 Thomas BARNARD   Culworth, Northamptonshire Susanna MILLER Single  
11 01/01/1828 Thomas CLEAVER     Mary CARTER    
12 14/12/1829 William CARTER     Sarah ARIS    
13 08/02/1830 John BEASLEY     Elizabeth ADKINS    
14 14/10/1830 Joseph GIBBS Single Hornton Sarah GARDNER Single  
15 11/11/1830 Edward GILES     Alice WILCOX    
16 31/03/1831 Edward WHITEHEAD Widower   Elizabeth PAINTAIN Widow  
17 02/02/1832 John TAYLOR   Alkerton Rebecca ARIS    
18 25/06/1833 John HAWTIN Widower Epwell Sarah CARTER Widow  
19 05/11/1833 John GARDNER     Ann TREADWELL    
20 02/10/1834 Isaac WRENCH     Mary WILLIAMS    
21 15/10/1834 Richard WILLIAMS     Susannah Bush GIBBS    
22 28/10/1834 John SLATTER Single   Elizabeth WALDEN Single  
23 20/06/1836 Thomas BEASLEY Single   Ruth ARISS Single  

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