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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Foxcote St James


The Parish

The parish of Foxcote, also recorded in some documents as Forscote, lies in northeastern Somerset not too far from its border with neighbouring Wiltshire. Foxcote is located about about 2 miles east of the small town of Radstock on the southern slopes of the valley of the Wellow Brook. There is very little to modern Foxcote, and at the time of this transcript that was also the case, a straggle of properties along the lane rising southwards from the Wellow Brook and sitting a couple of miles north of the A366 road which connects Radstock through to the Wiltshire town of Trowbridge. A small farming community Foxcote would have had a mixed farming regime with both arable and pastoral in roughly equal parts. The Wellow Brook drains northeastwards to meet the Avon to the southeast of Bath and turns back westwards to reach the Bristol Channel through the latter's iconic gorge. Foxcote's sloping site ranges from 65 metres at the Brook to almost 115 metres at the higher, southern, end in incised countryside of steep sided valleys, local heights continue to rise towards the south to reach almost 180 metres at the A366. Even by Somerset standards Foxcote parish was tiny, covering less than 600 acres it would not have supported 50 parishioners. In Domesday times Foxcote was a little larger, held by one Bishop Geoffrey of Coutances it could offer 4 plough, the usual meadows, pastures & woodlands and there was a mill down on the Wellow Brook.

The Church

St James' church stands towards the higher, southern, end of the hamlet on the western side of the narrow lane that forms its main thoroughfare. A small and simple church, as befits a tiny parish, the nave & chancel are augmented by a real curiosity an skinny tower more like a bellcote which adorns the western end. The church, however, is not mediaeval having been rebuilt in 1721. The decorative battlements and pinnacles were also added at a later date, unspecified in Pevsner. As one approaches from the south a large farm building largely obscures and dwarfs the church but the entranceway to that farm is the only viable parking spot, with care. The churchyard, hedged to the road, is entered by a gateway immediately beyond that farm and the churchyard is relatively free of photographic obstructions.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 28th February 1757 - 29th March 1812 Somerset Archives & Local Studies - Reference - D/P/fox/2/1/2 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
2 13th April 1815 - 13th October 1836 Somerset Archives & Local Studies - Reference - D/P/fox/2/1/3 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 1 Register - Few issues noted and a low likelihood of misreads None

Wellow St Julian
Wellow St Julian
Wellow St Julian
Writhlington St Mary Magdalene
Wellow St Julian
Writhlington St Mary Magdalene
Hemington St Mary
Hemington St Mary

Register Reference Date Groom Forename Groom Surname Groom Status Groom Abode Bride Forename Bride Surname Bride Status Bride Abode
1 28/02/1757 Joseph HAYES Single Frome Mary CARVER Single  
2 19/07/1762 Manasses LONG     Betty CARVER   Hemington
3 26/08/1762 William ROSITER   Norton St Philip Mary HAWKINS   Midsomer Norton
4 27/05/1764 William MORRIS   Combe Hay Barbara WEEKS   Combe Hay
5 22/10/1770 Stephen ROSITER     Mary CHAMBURY    
6 01/04/1771 Thomas RICHARDS     Phebe PONTING    
7 12/04/1773 William CHISLETT Single Walcot Elizabeth HILL Single  
17 17/04/1773 James ABRAHAM   Writhlington Elizabeth POBJOY    
8 17/04/1777 Thomas HARRIS   High Littleton Elizabeth PONTIN    
9 01/05/1777 Thomas DAY Single   Mary FLEMING Single Walcot
10 23/06/1777 Richard CHISLET     Ann HOBBS    
11 02/06/1778 Theophilus PONTIN Single   Elizabeth MATTICK Single  
12 12/04/1779 John TYLER Single Writhlington Phoebe POBJOY Single  
13 27/11/1780 John GREATWOOD Single Corsley, Wiltshire Ann POBJOY Single  
14 03/03/1783 John WILKINS Single Frome Elizabeth WATTS Single  
15 15/05/1788 Cornelius ROSSITER     Betty CARVER    
16 08/09/1788 James HARDING     Mary BLANNAN    
18 11/09/1796 Thomas ROLLS Single Wellow Rachel ROSSITER    
19 09/04/1797 Jeremiah MERCER     Mary COTTLE    
20 09/04/1798 Elijah LONG     Mary PARFET    
21 08/08/1798 James ELLET     Ann CARVER    
22 05/11/1798 James GREENLAND     Sarah WIDDICK   Radstock
23 06/01/1802 Thomas HILL Single Kilmersdon Mary SAUNDERS Single  
24 24/10/1802 Robert POBJOY Single   Elizabeth OXENHAM    
25 09/06/1803 John LIPPIATT   Wellow Elizabeth COLLINGS    
26 26/12/1803 John NOKES Widower   Ann EASTMENT Single  
27 19/01/1804 James SANDERS     Betty ABRAHAM   Midsomer Norton
28 29/04/1805 Thomas DERHAM     Tamer HOBBS    
29 27/07/1806 Stephen PATCHET Single   Jane EASTMENT Single  
30 21/09/1806 Meshack FENNELL     Anne EASTMENT    
31 09/04/1807 James EASTMENT     Mary CHIVERS    
32 29/03/1812 Solomon ROSSITER     Jane HILL    
1 13/04/1815 Jonathan MINTY     Dorcas SILCOX   Wellow
2 25/12/1815 Job GRIST     Maria ROSSITER    
3 28/07/1817 George COLLINS Single Timsbury Mary EDGELL Single  
4 19/02/1821 Cornelius ROSSITER Widower   Mary LOVE Widow  
5 03/02/1822 William SAINSBURY     Sarah PRATTEN    
6 22/04/1824 Simon POTTER Single   Jane BRACY Single  
7 28/11/1826 John SWANSBURY Single   Hannah RICHARDSON Single  
8 25/12/1827 William LONG Single   Sarah BALM Single  
9 26/12/1831 Joseph MOONE Widower   Ann ROSSITER Single  
10 26/05/1832 George BENNETT Single   Mary EASTMENT Single  
11 01/05/1833 James HOBBS Single   Harriett SILCOX Single  
12 13/10/1836 John LOVE Single   Patience WEST Single  

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