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


The Parish

The parish of Gratwich lies in east central Staffordshire about 5 miles west of the market town of Uttoxeter. Gratwich is located about a mile north of the A518 road which connects Uttoxeter through to Stafford. A tiny place Gratwich is little more than a hamlet with no defined village as such, merely a collection of scattered farms and cottages situated on the southern banks of the River Blithe. A small farming community, its riverside setting lending it to a pastoral medium in the main. The Blithe drains the parish southwards joining the Trent near to Kings Bromley before commencing the long journey to the North Sea reached through the Humber Estuary. Gratwich is sited at around 130 metres above the sea in rolling countryside which rises to local heights of just over 170 metres on nearby Fradswell Heath. By Staffordshire standards Gratwich parish was tiny, comparable with some of the smaller parishes in the denser populated areas (in mediaeval times) within the country, covering just 850 acres it would have supported barely 100 parishioners. In Domesday times Gratwich was an equally small holding of the Earl of Stafford, offering just 3 ploughs, small meadows & woodland but there was a mill.

The Church

St Mary's church sits just east of the main lane forming the spine of the parish, a metalled track leading to the church becomes unsurfaced beyond. A simple and small church as befits a small congregation the church has its origins in some dispute. Documentary evidence dates completion to 1775 but there must have been an earlier church it situ prior to that for these events to have occurred. Pevsner hints at motifs within the chancel of a 17th century nature whilst early descriptions mention a wooden tower, quite different from today's bellcote. The present building was, however, of little architectural interest to Pevsner as his description lasts barely 3 lines of text. Church Lane runs the short distance to the church and has a parking bay close to its junction, the church sits within an uncluttered churchyard with no obstructions to photography.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 9th February 1755 - 25th December 1811 Staffordshire Archives & Heritage - Reference - D1036/1
Standard preprinted and self-numbered combined Banns & Marriage register with 4 entries per page Grade 1 Register - Few issues noted and a low likelihood of misreads Despite the register falling apart and being out of sequence in places the quality is surprisingly good making for a straightforward piece despite the damage
2 20th September 1813 - 14th April 1834 Staffordshire Archives & Heritage - Reference - D1036/2 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 1 Register - Few issues noted and a low likelihood of misreads None

Colwich St Michael (detached)
Leigh All Saints
Uttoxeter St Mary
Colwich St Michael (detached)
Gayton St Peter
Uttoxeter St Mary
Stowe St John
Stowe St John
Kingstone St John

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
09/02/1755 John HOLLINS     Sarah WALFORD    
10/04/1757 William BAGOTT     Jane BAKER   Leigh
22/01/1758 John BABB   Uttoxeter Mary BLOURTON    
19/06/1758 Thomas TOOTH   Leigh Elizabeth LIMAR    
02/12/1759 Thomas PERKIN     Elizabeth BANKS    
11/04/1763 William SMITH   Uttoxeter Mary WARD   Kingstone
05/12/1763 William BEARD   Uttoxeter Mary MARLOE    
26/03/1764 David SIMMEL   Stowe Dorothy CARTER    
08/05/1764 Edward CHELL     Dorothy THACKER    
05/06/1766 Jeffery BABB   Uttoxeter Anne OSBORN    
28/06/1767 Thomas TUNNICLIFF   Uttoxeter Hannah JOHNSON    
30/11/1769 Thomas MIDDLETON     Anne COPE   Leigh
15/02/1770 Daniel KNIGHT   Cannock Ann CHELL   Colwich
01/10/1770 William EVANS     Elizabeth SALT    
23/07/1772 Francis OSBORN     Sarah ROGERS    
08/12/1776 Thomas TWIGG   Hanbury Elizabeth GREEN    
02/04/1777 John TOOTH   Colton Hannah LIMAR    
23/04/1781 John OSBORN     Ann PERKINS    
05/11/1781 William JOHNSON     Elizabeth BLURTON    
15/09/1783 John BABB     Mary BUCKNAL   Brewood
13/04/1785 George HANSILL   Stowe Ann CARTER    
24/12/1786 Thomas BABB     Margaret OSBORN   Kingstone
16/11/1789 Robert BOOTH   Kingstone Ann CHELL    
12/06/1791 John TOOTH   Uttoxeter Mary BLURTON    
21/06/1791 John HOW   Leigh Hannah PRICHARD    
22/10/1791 John WOOD   Kingstone Dinah BEARD    
26/01/1792 Thomas SMITH     Jane WEAN    
15/04/1793 Richard BABB     Ann BABB   Uttoxeter
17/12/1794 Thomas BARLOW     Sarah OWIN    
05/02/1795 Richard OSBORN     Hannah BLURTON    
11/06/1798 George BARKER     Sarah ROCK    
31/07/1799 Thomas WOOD     Sarah BLURTON    
30/12/1799 Thomas WILSON Single   Ann OSBORNE Widow Uttoxeter
29/09/1803 Ralph BLOOR Single   Elizabeth WRIGHT Single  
25/02/1805 John BAXTER     Ann JONES    
26/09/1805 John BRIDGEN Single   Hannah PRESBURY Single Marchington
28/12/1809 John BABB Widower   Hannah BRIDGEN Widow  
14/02/1811 Joseph HUBBARD Single Kingstone Sarah GREEN Single  
25/12/1811 James FOSTER Single   Mary PERKIN Single  
1 20/09/1813 William THACKER     Margaret DUNN    
2 12/08/1817 William LEESE   Stone Sarah PRESBURY    
3 19/11/1817 Thomas LIMER Single   Elizabeth HODGSKINSON Single  
4 11/01/1819 John BAILEY   Fradswell Mary PRITCHARD    
5 09/04/1822 Thomas FOSTER   Uttoxeter Elizabeth BABB    
6 18/05/1823 William NORRIS Single   Elizabeth GIMBART Single  
7 13/04/1826 John BABB Single   Hannah BOND Single  
8 13/11/1826 Thomas BABB Single   Rachel WALLER Single  
9 25/01/1827 William BABB     Elizabeth CHAMBERLAIN   Hanbury
10 17/04/1827 Thomas BARNETT Single   Mary WETTON Single  
11 16/08/1827 Benjamin PRITCHARD Single   Mary STARTING Single  
12 11/03/1828 John WHEAT Single   Fanny JACKSON Single Rugeley
13 01/10/1829 Charles WHEAT Single   Mary BOND Single  
14 24/05/1830 Thomas LEA Widower Ingestre Ellen GRIFFIN Single  
15 27/12/1831 Robert DAWSON     Ann PRITCHARD    
16 07/02/1833 John BABB     Margaret WHITE   Uttoxeter
17 29/04/1833 Thomas ELKIN     Mary GREEN    
18 04/06/1833 Richard BIRKIN   Stone Sarah PRITCHARD    
19 14/04/1834 Thomas CAPEWELL   Fradswell Margaret PRITCHARD    

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