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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Chelwood St Leonard


The Parish

The parish of Chelwood lies in northern Somerset not too far from its border with neighbouring Gloucestershire. Chelwood is located roughly 8 miles south of the city of Bristol and stands on the A368 road which links Bath with Weston Super Mare. Chelwood is a very small place with just a few properties lining the A368 plus a scatter of farms and cottages across the wider parish. Like many parishes in this area pastoral farming of mainly cattle is the dominant land-use but Chelwood also sits upon the small Somerset coal-field which is exploited by Chelwood and its neighbouring parishes employing most of the village. Small brooks drain the parish northwards to join the nearby River Chew flowing out of Chew Reservoir, the Chew continues northwards through Keynsham meeting the Avon before turning westwards through Bristol & its iconic gorge to the Bristol Channel. Chelwood is sited at around 90 metres above the sea but views southwards are dominated by the fore-hills of the Mendips and rise to 207 metres on nearby Blackberry Hill. Chelwood parish was small for its area, covering only a little over 1,100 acres it would have supported a population of around 250 parishioners. In Domesday times Chelwood was equally small and rural, shared between Alfred of Marlborough & Count Eustace of Boulogne it could muster just 4 ploughs as well as the usual meadows & woodland.

The Church

St Leonard's church sits at the eastern end of the village and south of the A368 accessed along the dead-end lane of Church Lane. Whilst there has been a church here since early medieval times little remains of that church save 2 corbel heads which sit in the southern aisle's arcade, these are said to be 13th century. All else of the medieval has disappeared from two successive rebuilding events, the first of 1772 was also almost wiped away by the extensive Victorian rebuild of 1861. Thus what we see today would be unrecognisable to the participants recorded in this transcript. The main interest of today's church is the saddleback roof which sits upon the western tower. Outside the entrance a small triangular area allows just a single car to get off-road and park. A iron arched gate grants entry to the churchyard which only has obstructions to the north of the church so has few to impede the usual aspects favoured by the photographer.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
21st July 1755 - 30th December 1782
Somerset Archives & Local Studies - Reference - D/P/chel/2/1/2
Plain, ruled & margined book containing combined Banns & Marriages
Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads
2 25th July 1785 - 26th April 1797 Somerset Archives & Local Studies - Reference - D/P/chel/2/1/3a 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

NB this register is bound together with preprinted baptism & burial registers into a preprinted composite register, & also with its successor marriage register as a single archival deposit
3 9th February 1800 - 24th December 1810 Somerset Archives & Local Studies - Reference - D/P/chel/2/1/3b 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 None

NB this register is bound together with its predecessor into a single archival deposit.
4 26th July 1813 - 22nd November 1835 Somerset Archives & Local Studies - Reference - D/P/chel/2/1/4 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None

Stanton Drew St Mary
Publow All Saints
Compton Dando St Mary
Stanton Drew St Mary
Marksbury St Peter
Farmborough All Saints
Stowey St Nicholas & St Mary
Clutton St Augustine
Farmborough 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 21/07/1755 Daniel WILLIAMSON
Stanton Drew Sarah NAISH

2 08/11/1756 Isaac BAKER
Stanton Drew Sarah POW

3 02/05/1757 Matthias HANNEY
Publow Sarah HASSELL

4 21/01/1760 Henry SAGE

Susanna TANNER

5 24/07/1760 Henry HILLIER Single St Michael, Bath Sobieski SEAGER Single
6 13/04/1761 John FILER


7 08/11/1761 Henry OLIVER


8 20/01/1763 Robert GRIMSTEAD Widower
Elizabeth LAMB Single Publow
9 03/04/1763 Samuel BEACHAM Widower
Jane PERFECT Single
10 16/05/1763 Thomas COLE


11 21/07/1763 James LAWSON
Clutton Betty SEAGER

12 28/09/1763 Austin FUSSELL
Mells Mary NASH Single
13 28/01/1765 Richard GILLUTE


20/05/1765 John HOLBROOK


01/03/1767 James CLARE
High Littleton Ann PAIN

27/04/1767 James ASHLY
Burnett Elizabeth BAMFIELD

09/06/1767 George WILLIAMSON
Stanton Drew Elizabeth PERRY

02/11/1767 John BAMFIELD


07/04/1768 Samuel SEAGAR


28/11/1769 Moses LEWIS
Stanton Prior Hannah PURNELL

19/01/1771 William WILLIAMS
Marksbury Sarah COLLINS

09/07/1771 John HANNEY
Clutton Mary ROBBINS

20/12/1772 Samuel BRANCH

Christian BRANCH

02/01/1776 Peter FILER

Hannah HEAL
25/04/1776 Paul WOOD
Farmborough Caimbury GRIMSTEAD

09/12/1776 George GIBBS


08/04/1779 William PICKFORD

Hester LYDE

27/09/1779 Thomas BRANCH


03/09/1781 John Robert LUCAS
St Nicholas, Bristol, Gloucestershire Anna ADAMS

30/12/1782 George ATKINS Single
Phebe HORWOOD Single
1 25/07/1785 John VOWLES Widower
Sarah HANNEY Widow
2 05/12/1785 John BRANCH Single
Mary HEATH Single
3 17/04/1786 Robert PRIOR Single
Phebe ROGERS Single
4 22/05/1786 William COLLINS Single
Anna Maria FILER Single
5 10/11/1788 Samuel TRIVES Widower
6 09/02/1789 Thomas BRANCH Widower
Martha HOLVEY Single Stanton Drew
7 21/06/1789 Abraham JAMES Widower
Mary BRODRIBB Single
8 11/04/1790 Charles FILER Single
Martha TIPENNY Single
9 21/04/1791 Thomas BROADRIBB Single Clutton Elizabeth JAMES Single
10 20/02/1792 William SHORE Single Farmborough Elizabeth HEATH Single
11 22/08/1793 Isaac EMBLY Single
Elizabeth NASH Single
12 17/02/1794 John EDWARDS Single
Sarah ASHLEY Single
14/04/1794 James WINDMILL

Elizabeth HOLBROOK

21/11/1796 Joseph HAMPSHIRE Single
Elizabeth BROWN Single
09/01/1797 Charles KNOWLES Single Wrington Elizabeth HALL Single
26/04/1797 James TAILOR Single Compton Dando Priscilla FILER Single
1 09/02/1800 Joseph FILER Single
Sarah YOUNG Single
2 05/11/1800 Benjamin BRANCH Single
Sarah FRIEND Single
16/03/1801 Thomas HILL
Kingston Seymour Sarah STOKES

19/05/1805 Thomas PALMER


15/05/1808 Philip BOWLES


20/09/1808 John LANAWAY


03/10/1808 Job BRANCH

Elizabeth BRANCH

28/02/1810 Benjamin HEWLETT


24/12/1810 James DURY
Clutton Martha HAZEL

1 26/07/1813 George FEAR
Stanton Drew Elizabeth FILER

2 06/01/1814 Robert WALLIS
Cameley Mary MOORE

3 18/10/1814 Samuel TRUEMAN

Elizabeth YEELES

4 24/12/1815 James EDGELL
Chew Magna Ann PICKERING

5 26/02/1816 James BRIDGES
Farmborough Mary PRICE

6 04/06/1816 John SHORE

Elizabeth PARFITT

7 25/12/1816 John BRANCH


8 05/04/1817 Thomas STRONG
Box, Wiltshire Rowena RAWLINGS Single
9 10/10/1823 John BEACHAM Single
Grace BEACHAM Single
10 23/05/1825 George BUTLER Single
Mary SMITH Single
11 15/07/1827 John PALMER Widower Marksbury Elizabeth HARVEY Single
12 07/03/1832 Jonathan FOSTER Widower Everton, Lancashire Eliza VERE Widow
13 08/10/1832 Charles PARSONS Single
Sarah BEACHAM Single
14 11/02/1833 Abraham TRIM Single Honiton, Devon Anna Maria MITCHELL Single
15 08/04/1833 George BLANIN Single

16 27/05/1834 Robert Warrington BUSH Single Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire Grace HENDERSON Single
17 25/12/1834 Samuel TAYLOR Single

18 25/12/1834 John MOON Single Somerton Hannah BEACHAM Widow
19 15/09/1835 George GOOD Single
Ann NASH Widow Chew Magna
20 22/11/1835 Joseph TAYLOR Single
Mary PALMER Single

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