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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Bradfield St Clare


The Parish

The parish of Bradfield St Clare lies in western central Suffolk about 6 miles southeast of the market town of Bury St Edmunds. Bradfield St Clare sits about 1 mile east of the A134 road which links Bury St Edmunds with Sudbury, a small place, little more than a hamlet, with no real defined village. Bradfield St Clare is one third of a trio of Bradfields that occupy a broad plateau of land amongst the headwaters of the River Lark. Like most Suffolk parishes Bradfield St Clare would have been a parish dominated by arable farming and today little has changed. Small streams and field drains head northwestwards uniting to form the early Lark, this continues northeast through Bury St Edmunds then out across The Fens to merge with the Great Ouse and reach the North Sea through The Wash. Bradfield St Clare is sited at close to 100 metres above the sea, fairly high for Suffolk, and something of a local height for many miles. Bradfield St Clare parish was fairly typically sized for its area, covering just over 1,400 acres it would have supported a population of close to 250 parishioners. In Domesday times the three Bradfields were returned as a single entity, the majority holding being with the Abbey of Bury St Edmunds, collectively the three could offer 21 ploughs as well as small meadows.

The Church

St Clare's church sits at the end of a roughly surfaced lane heading eastwards from the main main lane through the village and stands with a single cottage amidst fields. The church has scant detail from the 12th century to indicate an early church being present, the blocked northern doorway being of that century. Other wise the church is the usual mixture for East Anglia of a church begun in the Decorated style and finished in the Perpendicular being part of s ingle campain covering most of the 14th century. The western tower shows Decorated style windows whilst nave & chancel have Perpendicular. The medieval is, however, somethwat masked by the extensive Victorian and 20th century restorations which have modified much of the structure. The Victorians made their effort in the 1870s whilst the southern porch was extensively restored in 1921 and further work in the 1970s has resulted in today's church. The shrt and roughly surfaced lane heads to the church gates and splays to form a small parking area, a post & rail fence surrounds the churchyard with wooden gates granting entry. The churchyard is open and uncluttered with no obstacles to photography.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
3rd November 1755 - 23rd November 1783
Suffolk Record Office - Bury St Edmunds - Reference -
Plain, unruled book, a continuation of the extant composite register in contravention of Hardwicke's segregation & wording requirements
Grade 3 Register - there are sufficient quality issues with this register to indicate that some misreads will occur albeit few in number
Fading of this register may result in one or two misreads
2 7th October 1786 - 24th November 1811 Suffolk Record Office - Bury St Edmunds Bishop's Transcripts on loose-leaf folios Grade 4 Register - there are notable quality issues with this register which may have resulted in many misreads The BTs are of the usual poor quality and have significant missing years leading to a possibility of misreads and the certainty of omission as the register for this period is lost
3 5th January 1813 - 27th October 1836  Suffolk Record Office - Bury St Edmunds - Reference -
Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None

Little Welnetham St Mary Magdalene
Bradfield St George
Bradfield St George
Great Welnetham St Thomas a Becket
Bradfield Combust All Saints
Bradfield St George
Felsham St Peter
Cockfield St Peter
Cockfield St Peter
Felsham St Peter

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
03/11/1755 Thomas ASTON Mary CANNUM
03/10/1756 John HELDER Mary SEELY
11/08/1757 John PAIN Ann STEARN
11/12/1757 Hugh WRIGHT Sarah GROOM
02/11/1758 John SMITH Elizabeth STEARN
25/11/1759 Richard OTTEWELL Sarah NUNN
13/10/1761 John SPARKES Susan BARFIELD
27/11/1761 James PLAYLE Mary JEWERS
04/11/1764 Isaac CLARK Ann ROSE
19/04/1765 Richard CHURCH Sarah ROSE
29/11/1765 Charles RAMSBOTTOM Hannah PETTIT
15/10/1766 Thomas ALDERTON Elizabeth MORLEY
28/02/1768 James PLAYLE Mary CHALLIS Bradfield Combust
21/11/1768 Joshua ROSE Susanna CHASE
27/12/1768 William BIRD Susanna WELHAM
11/07/1769 Joseph HOW Mary PLAYLE
10/10/1771 Joseph STEARN Mary MORLEY
25/02/1774 Joseph HOLT Lydia AVE
11/10/1774 John COCKSEDGE Elizabeth VORLER
17/01/1775 Samuel COKER Bradfield St George Mary SMITH
11/10/1775 Thomas ASTON Bradfield St George Hannah SPARROW
15/10/1776 John GRIDLY Elizabeth BASS
18/10/1776 John BONNETT Bradfield Combust Susan PAWSEY
11/02/1777 Thomas RANSON Sarah JACKSON
04/07/1777 Thomas WYARD Ann MAKIN Widow
27/10/1777 Edward CRICK Widower Rose REYNOLDS Widow
21/12/1779 William SMITH Widower Bradfield St George Susanna POLLEY Widow
24/01/1780 Thomas RANSON Widower Mary AVIS
21/10/1781 John FROST Hannah BULLOCK
06/02/1783 William NOTLEY Ann GROOM
16/02/1783 Charles LAST Widower Bradfield St George Mary REYNOLDS
28/07/1783 William PAMMAN Ann LINGLEY
23/11/1783 Richard OTTEWELL Widower Elizabeth OFFORD
07/10/1786 Thomas ASTIN Widower Martha POLLY Widow
30/10/1787 John STURGEON Elizabeth ALDERTON
02/04/1788 John PAYNE Rougham Mary CARTER
23/06/1788 William RAMSEY St Mary, Bury St Edmunds Sarah JAVELLEAU
11/11/1792 Joseph SCARFE Widower Bildeston Elizabeth MAKINS
14/11/1797 Charles LANCHESTER Great Barton Maria HOW
05/04/1798 Robert LAST Widower Hannah RAMSBOTTOM
16/10/1798 Joseph POLLEY Ann MAKIN
04/03/1799 William PAYNE Ann BRUCE
12/11/1800 Thomas HOWLET Frances WARREN
19/02/1802 Michael STUKELY Hessett Ann COCKSEDGE
02/11/1802 William LAMBERT Sarah BEDDELL
02/05/1803 William COCKSEDGE Susanna BIRD
05/07/1803 Isaac PURKIS Cockfield Sarah COCKSEDGE
31/07/1803 Ezekiel RACE Mary HILL
20/10/1803 William SCARFF Mary ALDERTON
22/10/1806 Benjamin MAKINS Eleanor ALDERTON
11/12/1806 William CROSS Mary Ann WARD St Peter, Sudbury
01/02/1808 George HOW Mary ABEL Widow
25/10/1808 Samuel FORD Sarah SMITH
28/05/1810 Abraham BACON Thompson, Norfolk Frances MAIDWELL
24/10/1810 William PAYNE Isabel HAMMOND Felsham
26/02/1811 John HUNT Elizabeth COCKSEDGE
15/10/1811 James MAKIN Mary COCKSEDGE
24/11/1811 Thomas AUSTIN Rachel FROST
1 05/01/1813 James PAIN Single Mary LEVETT Single
2 28/07/1813 William HOW Single Mary PADLEY Single
3 14/10/1813 Joseph HOW Single Mary WALKER Single
4 25/06/1818 John Wyard SCOTT Single Catherine Eliza HARPER Single
5 01/05/1820 William GANE Single Sarah FORDHAM Single
6 09/05/1820 Isaac BUGG Single Mary ABBOTT Single
7 31/10/1820 Jennings HALL Single Mary CARTER Single
8 28/12/1820 William Henry HARPER Single Catharine CAWSTON Single
9 13/11/1821 John GAULT Single Eunice ENGLISH Single
10 10/01/1822 George POTTER Single Debithay AUSTIN Single
11 12/10/1826 Charles ALLEN Single Mary Ann STUTELY Single
12 12/10/1826 William CLARKE Single Thorpe Morieux Rebecca KEDLINGTON Single
13 05/06/1827 Charles DRURY Single Sarah GAME Single
14 12/10/1827 Michael STUTELEY Single Mary LINSALL Single
15 04/12/1827 John BRUNNING Single All Saints, Icklingham Mary BOGGIS Single
16 19/04/1828 William ENGLISH Single Mary SCOTT Single
17 27/05/1828 John STUTELY Single Maria MARTIN Single
18 04/04/1829 John RUSBROOKE Single Cockfield Sarah LAMBERT Single
19 31/07/1829 William REEMAN Single Little Welnetham Susan FARROW Single
20 06/04/1830 Robert HUNT Elizabeth STUTELY
21 24/07/1830 Robert SHARPE Nowton Anne SCOTT
22 25/09/1832 Richard DRINKMILK Widower Amey TAYLOR Widow
23 31/10/1832 John HALL Single Sarah SCOTT Single
24 27/12/1832 Robert TRACEY Single Thorpe Morieux Isabella PAYNE Single
25 02/01/1834 Robert EDWARDS Single Charlotte OFFORD Single
26 13/10/1834 John OSBORNE Single Cockfield Sarah KING Single
27 16/04/1835 William BROWN Single Mary Ann GOOCH Single
28 27/10/1835 Robert Reuben LAIT Single Bradfield St George Eliza CRACKNELL Single
29 03/11/1835 Robert HILL Single Anne PAWSEY Single
30 26/12/1835 Stephen CRACKNELL Single Rebecca OFFORD Single
31 12/10/1836 James BUXTON Bradfield St George Martha BOGGIS
32 27/10/1836 Joseph GOSHAWK Caroline Matilda HARPER

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