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


The Parish

The parish of Crowell lies in the extreme east of Oxfordshire, indeed it forms part of the border with neighbouring Buckinghamshire. Crowell is located about 4 miles southeast of the market town of Thame. Crowell is a small place indeed, little more than a group of properties around a crossroads having inn and church, it sits on the B4009 road which runs along the base of the Chiltern Hills linking Watlington to Princes Risborough. The B4009 largely follows one of the routes of the prehistoric Icknield Way and the present day Ridgeway National Trail passes through the parish on a parallel line a half mile to the southeast. Crowell would largely have earned its living through arable agriculture at the time of this transcript and today little has altered. Crowell is drained by numerous small brooks heading northwest to form part of the Haseley Brook, this joins the Thame and then the Thames to reach the North Sea through the Thames estuary. Crowell is sited at around 110 metres above the sea, land undulates gently to the northwest at or about that level but to the southeast the Chiltern's escarpment rises dramatically to almost 250 metres. Crowell parish was small by the standards of the area, it covered just under 1,000 acres and extends on a northwest/southeast axis taking in a share of all the land types, the parish could support around 170 parishioners. In Domesday times Crowell was held by one William Peverel and could offer 7 ploughs as well as small woodlands and meadows.

The Church

St Mary's church (the full dedication being to the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary) sits close to the main junction of the B4009 with the lane running eastwards towards the Chiltern's, it sits on the eastern side of the B road adjacent to the Shepherd's Crook Inn. Sadly the church was rebuilt in 1878 but the rebuild did at least reuse some of the materials enabling Pevsner to hazard a guess as to the origins of the mediaeval church. He identifies the northern doorway as reused Norman work, the southern doorway as 13th century and most of the windows as being 14th century in style if reused. The church sits somewhat back from the road access being made at the western end of the site where a small car park sits. The site is small and compact with many trees somewhat restricting the angles available for photography.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 23rd May 1757 - 15th October 1758 Oxfordshire History Centre - Reference - PAR79/1/R1/1
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 16th November 1760 - 8th July 1813 Oxfordshire History Centre - Reference - PAR79/1/R3/1 Standard preprinted and self-numbered combined Banns & Marriage register with 4 entries per page Grade 4 Register - there are notable quality issues with this register which may have resulted in many misreads The register is very badly faded making for a tricky read throughout - there may be many misreads as a result
3 11th October 1813 - 18th October 1836 Oxfordshire History Centre - Reference - PAR79/1/R3/2 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None

Sydenham St Mary
Sydenham St Mary
Chinnor St Andrew
Chinnor St Andrew
Aston Rowant St Peter & St Paul
Chinnor St Andrew
Stokenchurch St Peter & St Paul
Stokenchurch St Peter & St Paul
Radnage St Mary, Buckinghamshire

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
03/02/1754 Thomas STEVENS     Susannah BRITNELL    
23/05/1757 John FLOYD     Sarah HOLT    
15/10/1758 James JERMANY     Ann FLOYD    
1 16/11/1760 Joseph CORNISH   Lewknor Anne DEAN    
2 13/04/1762 Thomas CHOUN   Stokenchurch Hannah BRITNELL    
3 16/10/1763 Joshua DEAN     Mary WHITE    
4 04/06/1765 Samuel LARNER     Prudence FLOYD    
5 07/01/1766 William NEIGHBOUR     Elizabeth HEREDAETTE   Stokenchurch
6 09/11/1766 Leonard KERRIDGE     Mary BADGER   Aston Rowant
7 13/06/1768 William STONE     Sarah ALLOM    
8 27/03/1769 Richard WARRICK Single Tetsworth Elizabeth JOHNSON Single  
9 10/10/1772 James BATTEN     Sarah WISE Single  
12 20/12/1772 John GOMM     Martha FLOYD    
13 26/06/1774 Joseph EAST     Sarah WITNEY    
14 19/11/1774 Edward SOWELL   Aston Rowant Mary STEVENS    
15 06/11/1775 William STEVENS     Eleanor STACEY    
16 07/12/1775 John DEANE     Jane HARMAN   Saunderton, Buckinghamshire
17 22/12/1776 Samuel LARNER     Mary OKELY    
18 06/07/1779 William HOWETT   Tetsworth Martha MANNING    
19 28/06/1780 William DORSETT     Elizabeth WHITE    
20 27/09/1780 William WALKER   Kingston Bagpuize, Berkshire Elizabeth DORMON    
21 01/04/1782 Thomas USTIN   Sandford On Thames Elizabeth STACEY Single  
22 19/01/1783 George KEMPSTER   Wingrave, Buckinghamshire Martha HORTON    
23 25/12/1783 William TURNER Widower   Sarah RANDAL Single  
24 23/03/1784 James PRATT   Bledlow, Buckinghamshire Sarah STEVENS    
25 12/10/1784 Thomas JUFFS     Mary MOODY    
26 14/10/1785 William HESTER Single   Ann HOUSE Single  
27 17/09/1786 John DANDRIDGE   Drayton St Leonard Mary ARNOLD    
28 08/10/1787 John HESTER   Aston Rowant Susannah ELMS    
29 29/06/1788 Joseph RIMALLS     Elizabeth HERIGE    
30 23/03/1791 John GOODCHILD Widower Bledlow, Buckinghamshire Sarah TURNER    
31 10/10/1791 William SHIPPEN     Drucilla HERRIDGE    
32 09/11/1791 Francis STACY     Maria WITNEY    
33 10/07/1792 John BRITNELL     Hannah BENNELL   Radnage, Buckinghamshire
34 24/02/1794 Joseph BAMPTON Single   Martha WITNEY Single  
35 15/02/1795 James COLSELL Single   Elizabeth WITNEY Single  
36 18/10/1795 William LOOSELEY   Emmington Sarah BROOKES    
37 19/04/1802 James BOULLER Single   Mary PARKINS Single  
38 29/11/1803 Thomas DORSET   Bledlow, Buckinghamshire Sarah LARNER    
39 08/12/1804 Thomas JAMES   Warborough Jane STEVENS    
40 22/10/1805 John HOLLICK Single Lewknor Elizabeth WEBB Single  
41 24/09/1806 Benjamin RATLEY Widower   Ann WHITE Single Chinnor
42 20/12/1806 Richard KIMBER Single   Mary WIGGINS Single  
43 27/07/1808 James COLSILL Widower   Mary CRIPPS Single  
44 31/08/1808 William MANNING Single   Martha CARTER Single  
45 25/10/1808 William ARNUTT Single   Elizabeth MANNING Single  
46 23/06/1810 William TURNER Single Radnage, Buckinghamshire Hannah HEARNE Single  
47 26/12/1810 David ELKERTON     Sarah EDEN   Long Crendon, Buckinghamshire
48 12/01/1811 William JAMES   Clifton Hampden Sarah WEBB    
49 19/10/1811 Thomas WELLERD Single   Ann GIFKINS Single  
50 06/07/1812 Philip BESTON Single Sydenham Lydia WHITE    
1 11/10/1813 William WALKER Single Bledlow, Buckinghamshire Elizabeth MASON Single  
2 10/01/1814 John COLSELL Widower   Martha FAULKNER Single  
3 03/04/1815 Thomas HILL     Mary SEWELL    
4 10/07/1815 Richard LARNER     Elizabeth COX    
5 19/10/1816 Hickman WILSON     Mary STACEY    
6 14/10/1817 Henry COX Single   Martha MANNINS Single  
7 21/06/1818 William MANNERS     Mary WEBB    
8 23/07/1818 John PRIOR   St Michael, Oxford Esther BESLEY    
9 25/10/1819 John EWERS Single   Sarah QUARTERMAIN Single  
10 06/02/1821 James CHURCH Single   Sarah SEWELL Single  
13 01/01/1825 Henry BIRD   Stokenchurch Phoebe WEST    
14 18/10/1827 James EELE Widower Thame Elizabeth BUTCHER    
15 08/04/1828 James LINDARS Single Tetsworth Alice COX Single  
16 26/05/1828 John SMITH     Ann COLSHILL    
17 11/10/1828 William COX     Jane SEWELL    
18 11/10/1828 David TAYLOR Single Stratfield Mortimer, Berkshire Caroline KING    
19 04/05/1829 Thomas RIXON   High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire Elizabeth BESLEY    
20 12/10/1829 George DAWALL   Brill, Buckinghamshire Elizabeth GREEN    
21 11/06/1832 James KING     Sarah FLOYD    
22 15/04/1833 William COLESHILL Single   Elizabeth WIBBLES Single  
23 16/10/1833 Thomas COX Single   Hester COSHILL Single  
24 14/10/1834 Thomas SEWELL Single   Anne RYMENS Single  
25 18/05/1835 William CLEWLEY   Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire Lucy WIBBLES    
26 18/10/1836 William KING     Elizabeth SEWELL    

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