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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Raddington St Michael


The Parish

The parish of Raddington lies in the extreme west of Somerset, indeed it forms part of the border with neighbouring Devon. Raddington is located about 10 miles northwest of the market town of Wellington. There is not much to modern day Raddington, and it seems to have always been so, just a scatter of farms and cottages along the sides of a deeply incised small valley. Raddington sits in lanes about 2 miles north of the B3227 road which connects Wiveliscombe with the large Devon village of Bampton. Today, as in the past, pastoral farming dominates the landscape for the few parishioners. Raddington is drained, along its small valley, by a small tributary of the River Batherm heading southwestwards; the Batherm joins the Exe to the south of Bampton and reaches the English Channel through the port of Exeter. Raddington at around 180 metres above the sea with local heights rising to over 320 metres on the nearby Haddon Hills, the landscape is deeply incised with swift flowing brooks running off upland pastures. Raddington parish, despite its upland setting was fairly typically sized for the area, it covered just over 1,300 acres and supported a population of just over 100 parishioners. There is no specific mention of Raddington in Domesday Book.

The Church

St Michael's church sits alone in fields some 30 metres above the village on a hillside accessible only on foot by footpaths. A plain and simple Perpendicular church consisting of nave, chancel and western tower in the familiar design. There is little externally to merit a long description from Pevsner whose sole interest is in the intact, if damaged, rood screen which has been dated to the 14th century, being slightly earlier than much of the external fabric. This probably indicates an earlier church which was extensively rebuilt in the Perpendicular era. Perhaps its remoteness and small congregation also prevented much of the Victorian restorations leaving the building in its present form. Two tracks lead to the church, rising from the main lane along the valley or descending from Churchill Lane, the latter being shorter, the former having small parking areas. The churchyard is reasonably open albeit the tower is rather crowded in by trees at the western end.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 1754 - 1837 Somerset Heritage Centre Bishop's Transcripts on loose leaf folios Grade 5 Register - the condition of this register is such that the transcript carries a "health warning" as to the likelihood of being substantially incorrect No registers prior to the introduction of Civil Registration survive for this parish. All entries listed here were accessed from the surviving BTs which are poor quality and have many gaps leading to a likelihood of misreads and a certainty of omissions.

Upton St James
Upton St James
Huish Champflower St Peter
Huish Champflower St Peter
Upton St James
Bampton St Michael, Devon
Chipstable All Saints
Bampton St Michael, Devon
Clayhanger St Peter, Devon
Chipstable All Saints

Register Reference Date Groom Forename Groom Surname Groom Status Groom Abode Bride Forename Bride Surname Bride Status Bride Abode
27/06/1757 James DAVYS     Mary YEANDLE    
21/08/1759 Richard THORNE     Mary IVANS    
23/08/1764 James HELLINGS   Chipstable Jenny HELLINGS    
26/02/1771 James BREWER   Withiel Florey Betty YEANDLE    
04/11/1771 Thomas PALMER   Stawley Ann YEANDLE    
00/00/1789 James DAVYS     Betty YEANDLE    
00/00/1789 John DAVIS     Sally STORRAGE    
03/02/1802 John HILL     Jane BREWER    
27/01/1804 Henry BREWER     Grace DAVYS    
11/04/1804 Thomas DAVYS     Patience PALMER    
18/07/1804 James WILLIAMS Single Chipstable Ann BUCKNELL Single  
26/12/1804 John CRUSE Single   Betty WILLIAMS Single  
25/03/1806 Simon BURGE Single   Frances ROOME Single Chipstable
28/03/1807 William SYM Single   Frances CRIDDLE    
10/10/1810 James BESLEY     Hannah BARREL    
14/11/1810 William APLIN Single Bradninch, Devon Elizabeth WERE    
11/02/1812 John WHITE     Betty PINN    
1 13/05/1813 William CHAVE   Ilfracombe, Devon Ann CHAVE    
2 25/03/1815 John DAVEY     Martha DAVYS    
3 26/04/1816 Thomas LUXON   Bampton, Devon Jenny PALMER    
4 28/11/1816 John MANNING Single Milverton Cecilia CHAVE Single  
5 14/03/1821 John YEANDLE     Mary LANGDON Single  
6 11/04/1821 Robert ELSWORTHY   Bampton, Devon Mary YEANDLE    
7 08/07/1823 James PALFREY Single   Maria CHILCOTT Single  
8 09/02/1824 James NORMAN Single Huish Champflower Eliza LANGDON Single  
9 24/03/1825 John DAVYS Single   Mary KEMP    
10 30/05/1825 Charles NORMAN Single Huish Champflower Anne LANGDON Single  
11 13/11/1825 William SOUTHEY     Ann HAWKINS    
12 30/11/1826 George BURGE     Ann THORNE    
13 09/05/1827 William QUICK     Ann BLUE    
15 23/03/1830 William PALFREY     Mary JONES    

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