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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Ilketshall St John the Baptist


The Parish

The parish of Ilketshall St John (one of 4 Ilketshalls, and the smallest, in Suffolk) lies in northeastern Suffolk close to the border with neighbouring Norfolk. Ilketshall St John is located about 2 miles southeast of the market town of Bungay and sits on the A144 road which links Bungay with Halesworth. There is very little to Ilketshall St John, no village as such merely a scatter of farms and cottages across the parish. The area is flat and fertile arable land, if a little clay-ridden, modern machinery has turned almost all the land into large open cereal or beet fields. There is very little in the way of surface drainage, merely a few field drains and these generally make their way northwards to join the River Waveney and exit to the North Sea through the Norfolk port of Great Yarmouth. Ilketshall St John is site at around 20 metres above the sea and the land surface varies little across the parish. Ilketshall St John parish was small even by Suffolk standards at just over 700 acres it supported a mere 70 parishioners. In Domesday book Ilketshall St John is enumerated as part of the Ilketshall group and not separately distinguished; the collective group boasted 14 ploughs as well as meadows and woodland plus a mill.

The Church

St John the Baptist's church sits almost alongside the A144 tucked away in the junction of two joining lanes and 50 yards or so from the main road. The church has a 13th century origin with windows in the Early English style which makes it an early church for Suffolk. The building is plain and simple as befits a small parish, nave and chancel are combined into a single unit and the thin western tower and south porch top it off. Pevsner rather dismisses the building in a handful of lines, it is clearly unexceptional in architectural terms and mentions only that there was the usual Victorian restoration. The church sits within the "V" formed by the dual junction of Lodge Road and Low Road with the A144. A tall hedge and mature trees screen the graveyard from most external views but a small metal gate gives access on the Lodge Road side. Within the graveyard views are not unduly restricted and there is no restrictions to photographic angles.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 29th December 1759 - 15th October 1812 Suffolk Record office - Lowestoft - Reference - 131/D1/3
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
2 21st October 1816 - 29th November 1836 Suffolk Record office - Lowestoft - Reference - 131/D1/4 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None

Bungay Holy Trinity
Mettingham All Saints
Shipmeadow St Bartholomew
Bungay St Mary
Ilketshall St Andrew
Ilketshall St Margaret
Ilketshall St Lawrence
Ilketshall St Andrew

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
29/12/1759 John THORNDIKE Single   Sarah EMMS Single Wetheringsett Cum Brockford
1 03/05/1761 William CREAKE Widower   Sarah INGLISH Widow  
2 20/10/1771 James DUNNETT Single Hedenham, Norfolk Martha CURSON Single  
3 03/02/1780 John GILLINGS Single Halvergate, Norfolk Lydia DARBY Single  
4 02/04/1781 Thomas CHURCH Single Ilketshall St Andrew Amy BURGESS Single  
1 15/03/1784 Joseph NEWSTED Single   Elizabeth CURTYS   Bungay
2 18/08/1789 John REEVE Single   Elizabeth ROBERTSON Single  
3 12/09/1793 Samuel COLLETT Single Eyke Sarah DAY Single  
4 12/10/1794 Simon GARDINER Single Holy Trinity, Bungay Rebecca ALDIS Single  
5 25/03/1798 William DREAN Single Rushall, Norfolk Rebecca GARDINER Single  
6 29/04/1799 John MINNS Single Ditchingham, Norfolk Lois DYER Single  
7 11/10/1799 Lawrence NEWSTEAD Single Sibton Elizabeth HEMBLING Single  
8 27/02/1800 Richard TACON Single Thorington Mary SUTTON Single  
9 12/10/1801 William FARROW Single   Mary CARVER Single  
10 09/06/1802 Samuel FERGUSON Single Halifax, Yorkshire Elizabeth DAY Single  
11 24/03/1803 Samuel DENINGTON Single   Margaret LANGLEY Single  
12 15/11/1803 Samuel FRENCH Single Eye Maria DAY Single  
13 12/10/1804 Daniel DYER Single   Amy BALLS Single  
14 18/11/1805 James TURRELL Single   Alice BUCK Single  
15 12/09/1808 James MOORE Single   Phoebe PECK Single Earsham, Norfolk
16 31/10/1809 Robert KEMP Single Ilketshall St Andrew Mary BISHOP Single  
17 18/12/1809 Joseph WOODCOCK Single Laughton By Blyton, Lincolnshire Maria BRETTINGHAM Single  
18 18/07/1811 William SIMPSON Single Woodbridge Fanny SUTTON Single  
19 15/10/1812 Pearse WALKER   St Mary, Bungay Georgiana DAY    
1 21/10/1816 Robert CATTERMOLE Single Ilketshall St Lawrence Elizabeth LOVE Single  
2 21/10/1821 John RUMSBY Single   Mary HUNT Single  
3 17/12/1821 John MALLET Single   Mary HOWES Single  
4 11/09/1822 William PAYNE Single   Sarah MALLET Single  
5 09/11/1824 James CUDDEN Single Nayland Elizabeth SMITH Single  
6 25/10/1825 William BIRD Widower   Charlotte ALEXANDER Widow  
7 24/01/1826 James MOORE Widower   Sarah BUSKARD Single  
8 22/12/1831 James STANNARD Single Ilketshall St Lawrence Harriet RICHES Single  
9 29/11/1836 Thomas THURLING Single East Tuddenham, Norfolk Eleanor DIXON Single  

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