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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Little Saxham St Nicholas


The Parish

The parish of Little Saxham lies in western Suffolk about 4 miles west of the cathedral city of Bury St Edmunds. Little Saxham is a small place a crossroads settlement of a few cottages and farms which sits, in lanes, about a mile and a half south of the busy A14 road which connects the port of Felixstowe through the Midlands. Like most of Suffolk Little saxham, then and now, would have earned its living from arable farming, the parish does, however, show quite significant amounts of woodland which would have been extensively coppiced for fencing materials etc. Little Saxham is drained northwards by a small tributary of the Lark which it joins near to Icklingham, thence across the Fens to join the Great Ouse and the North Sea through The Wash. Little saxham is sited at around 60 metres above the sea and sits in a shallow valley, local heights rise gently to around 100 metres within a couple of miles. This area is dominated by many small parishes and Little Saxham parish was typical of one of these, it covered just under 1,400 acres and would have supported a little over 200 parishioners. In Domesday times Little Saxham was recorded combined with Great Saxham, it is difficult to determine who of the 3 landholders held which portion but collectively King William, Bury St Edmunds Abbey & Count Gilbert's son Richard held 15 ploughs, meadows & woodland and a half share in a mill.

The Church

St Nicholas' church sits in the western side of the main, slightly staggered, crossroads of Little Saxham. The presence of the round tower immediately alerts to an early church and Pevsner notes that this is not only Norman but rates it as "the most spectacular Norman round tower in Suffolk". The topmost portion is indeed a work of great style with the regular arches particularly elegant. Also remaining from the Romanesque period are both southern and northern doorways, the latter albeit has been reused during an intervening restoration. From the traditional church-building periods of the Decorated, the northern aisle, and Perpendicular, the nave and much of the chancel, comes much of the remaining fabric of the building. For once Pevsner does mention a Victorian restoration so any work must have been light or sympathetic. The churchyard is surrounded by mature trees with a small entrance off the lane which leads to Chevington, once through that border the churchyard is relatively open and has few obstructions to photography.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 14th September 1755 - 7th December 1812 Suffolk Record Office - Bury St Edmunds - Reference - FL623/4/1/3 Standard preprinted and self-numbered combined Banns & Marriage register with 4 entries per page Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None
2 23rd April 1813 - 23rd April 1836 Suffolk Record Office - Bury St Edmunds - Reference - FL623/4/3/1 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None

Risby St Giles
Risby St Giles
Risby St Giles
Great Saxham St Andrew
Westley St Thomas a Becket
Great Saxham St Andrew
Chevington All Saints
Ickworth St Mary

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
1 14/09/1755 Robert GOLDSMITH     Hannah SALISBURY   Westley
2 03/12/1755 John BEETON     Mary MUNNEY    
3 27/12/1756 James POWER   Gazeley Alice STOCKEN    
4 05/10/1758 Roger HAZEL Single   Sarah BARDWELL Single  
5 14/01/1760 Richard BOSBROOK Single   Ann MANNING Single  
6 16/06/1760 Sergeant HOST Single Langham Anne BROWNE Single  
7 14/07/1760 Francis MUDD Single   Elizabeth DRINKMILK Single  
8 02/09/1760 John HOLDEN Widower Horringer Rose STOCKEN    
9 30/11/1760 James HARE Single   Mary PATCH Single  
10 14/04/1761 Robert WRIGHT     Annes GORWOOD Single  
11 08/11/1761 Benjamin BOGGIS     Mary BETTS Single  
12 19/12/1761 Francis POTTLE   Whepstead Rose RIDLAND Widow  
13 18/01/1762 Timothy SEELY Single Gazeley Amy MIDDLEDITCH Single  
14 23/09/1762 Isaac HARRALD Single   Ann BRIDGES Single  
15 12/02/1763 William BREAM Single Newton Sarah STOCKING Single  
17 13/10/1764 Richard BOGGES Single   Hannah PYE Single  
16 22/01/1765 James MALLOWS Single   Sarah HOWARD Single  
19 03/12/1765 Timothy SHARP Single   Mary COPSEY Single  
20 15/12/1766 Robert MARTIN Single   Sarah MOODY Single  
18/10/1767 John COOK Single   Lydia BOREHAM Single  
21 30/04/1769 William SMITH Widower   Elizabeth BAKER Single  
22 15/10/1769 Timothy STOREY Single Fornham St Genevieve Elizabeth FORDHAM Single  
23 27/03/1770 John MONEY Single   Sarah MARTIN Single  
25 09/04/1770 Mark LAST Single   Mary PRICK Single  
24 16/04/1770 James FARRALD Single   Elizabeth SMITH Single  
26 30/09/1770 William SYER Single Great Saxham Mary MONEY Single  
27 22/04/1771 Thomas SECKER Single   Alice BUCKINGHAM Single  
28 08/12/1771 Isaac SUTTON Single   Mary HARE Widow  
27/10/1773 Peter BOREHAM Single   Sarah LEES Single Stansfield
31/12/1775 William ROLFE Single Wood Ditton, Cambridgeshire Martha STAFF Single  
14/04/1776 John ELY Single   Mary MANNING Single  
12/10/1777 Samuel HAMMOND Single   Ann SPARROW Single  
29/01/1778 Edmund JACOB Single Pakenham Mary GIBBS Single  
18/06/1778 William SYER Widower   Mary FENN Single  
21/05/1787 Roger HASELL Widower   Susan GRIGGS Widow  
17/11/1788 Robert TAYLOR Single Great Saxham Hannah SHARP    
23/04/1789 Abraham SARGENT   Hengrave Elizabeth VARE Widow  
26/01/1790 Timothy SHARP Widower   Susanna LEFTERLAND Single  
31/05/1790 Ezekiel HAYHOW Single   Sarah MURKIN Single  
11/10/1790 William BEETON Single   Mary OLDERTON Single  
11/11/1790 John WINCH Single Chevington Ann SHARP Single  
11/10/1792 Abraham PARKER Single Ousden Fanny MARTIN Single  
13/10/1793 John POWTER Single   Mary SPARROW Single  
10/06/1794 Daniel SHARP Single Wordwell Ann NEWMAN Single  
16/01/1796 Thomas BANKS Widower   Ann SECRET Widow  
13/02/1797 John TURNER Single   Mary WATSON Single  
13/02/1797 Robert MULLEY Single   Eleanor COBBIN Single  
12/11/1798 James BARWICK Single   Ann SIER Single  
14/01/1799 James CRACK Single   Mary BOGGIS Single  
11/02/1799 Luke KING Single Risby Hannah PLUMMER Single  
61 16/05/1799 Samuel CLARKE Single Great Saxham Elizabeth ROBERSON Single  
62 05/08/1799 Benjamin WISEMAN Single Barrow Sarah MUCK Single  
63 24/10/1800 John ORFORD Single   Bridget WATSON Single  
64 22/10/1801 John CROW Single   Love BROWN Single  
65 12/01/1802 Thomas SNELLING Single   Ann GOLDSMITH Single  
66 02/07/1805 Thomas BROWNE Single Horringer Rachel SHARPE Single  
67 12/12/1805 Benjamin GINN Single   Elizabeth HARRALD Single  
68 13/06/1806 Zachariah VINCENT Single   Mary ALDRIDGE Single  
69 13/10/1806 John STEEDE Single Denham By Bury Susan COOK Single  
70 25/04/1808 Anthony South CANHAM Single Mildenhall Elizabeth JOLLY    
71 01/03/1810 Charles TURNER Single Norwich, Norfolk Mary Ann PAWSEY    
72 19/05/1811 William HARRALD Single   Ann GRAINGER Single St Mary, Newmarket
73 13/06/1811 Benjamin GYNN Widower   Charlotte GARWOOD Single  
74 09/10/1811 Richard COTTON   Ickworth Mary BENTLEY    
75 29/10/1811 William FROWER   St James, Bury St Edmunds Elizabeth VIER    
76 30/12/1811 Joseph BARROW Single Denham By Bury Elizabeth BANKS    
77 22/03/1812 James ADAMS Single   Mary PASKE Single  
78 07/12/1812 William BENTLEY Single   Margaret OLLERTON    
1 23/04/1813 Thomas EVERED Single   Mary BYFORD Single  
2 13/09/1813 William GARWOOD Single   Mary RICHERSON Single  
3 11/11/1813 William CROW Single   Sarah BENTLEY Single  
4 29/08/1814 Thomas CLEY Single   Susan MANNING Single  
5 07/11/1814 John EVET Single   Alice CROW Single  
7 00/00/1819 Charles EVERETT     Alice RICHARDSON    
6 01/06/1819 Ambrose TURNER Single Long Melford Susan COOKE Single  
8 22/02/1821 William ANDERSON Single   Mabel EVERED Single  
9 20/06/1821 John GREEN Widower   Tabitha SMITH Widow St James, Bury St Edmunds
10 18/04/1822 James PEACHEY Single   Maria JENNISON Single  
11 28/10/1823 Edmund CROW Single   Elizabeth DEATH Single  
12 08/06/1826 Robert PEARSONS Single   Ann HAZELGROVE   Saffron Walden, Essex
13 25/06/1826 Joseph RICHARDSON Single   Susan ROSBROOK Single Barrow
14 24/08/1826 John LAST Single   Sarah CROW Single  
15 05/09/1826 James MORTLOCK Single   Sarah CRACK Single  
16 24/05/1827 John HARRALD Single   Mary Ann GREEN Single  
20 04/01/1828 Benjamin LAST Single   Ann RANSOM Single  
17 17/02/1828 George COOK Single   Elizabeth BURROWS Single  
18 26/05/1828 William CRACK Single   Mary MANNING Single  
19 03/07/1828 William ALLINGTON Single   Susan FROST Single  
21 25/12/1828 Edward CROWE Widower   Mary FROST Single  
22 31/03/1829 Thomas CLARY Single   Mary Anne PLUMMER Single  
23 24/05/1829 Thomas CATOR Single   Mary JARMANEY Single  
24 10/10/1829 John PALMER Single   Charlotte PARISH Single  
25 05/12/1829 James ORBELL Widower Risby Sarah OLLINGTON Single  
26 29/03/1830 John CLARY Single   Phoeby COOK Single  
27 06/05/1831 Henry PALMER Widower   Isabella LOFTS Widow  
28 17/07/1834 Joseph CLARY Single   Sophia CRACK Single  
29 11/10/1834 John CRACK Widower   Ann LING Single  
30 21/04/1835 William MORTLOCK Widower   Ann CRICK Widow  
31 25/07/1835 Robert CROW Single   Mary Ann FINCH Single  
32 15/10/1835 James SEAKENS Single   Mary Ann COOK Single  
33 23/04/1836 John BANKS Single   Susan LAST Single  

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