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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Shelland King Charles the Martyr


The Parish

The parish of Shelland is located in central Suffolk. Shelland is a very small settlement, little more than a hamlet situated about 3 miles northwest of the market town of Stowmarket. Shelland can be found about a mile south of the busy A14 road which connects the Suffolk ports with the English Midlands, Shelland has only a few farms and cottages to its name. The area is intensively arable, with cereals and oil seed predominating in large hedgeless fields, by way of contrast most of Shelland is grouped around its attractive village greens which have some woodland. What little drainage there is flows eastwards to join the River Gipping and reach the North Sea through Ipswich. Shelland is sited at around 60 metres above the sea and the land is largely the same height for many miles although gently undulating. Even by the standards of Suffolk Shelland parish was small, at less than 1,000 acres it would have supported merely 100 parishioners. Shelland in Domesday Book was held by one Richard son of Count Gilbert but boasted few resources and these not sufficient to merit documentation.

The Church

King Charles the Martyr's church sits on the southern edge of Shelland extensive village greens, set back from the narrow lane that winds through the settlement. The church is not a mediaeval relic but a creation of the 18th century, its stark rendering is a little disconcerting. Pevsner clearly was unimpressed as he devotes a mere handful of line to its description, the western bellcote being (beside the render) its principal feature. The church is approached from the lane by pleasant grassy paths and sits surrounded by a small copse with only the bellcote peeping out. Once inside the graveyard, however, things open out and there are few restrictions to photography.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 20th September 1758 - 2nd June 1812 Suffolk Record Office - Ipswich - Reference - FB219/D/1/1
Plain, unruled book, a continuation of the extant composite register in contravention of Hardwicke's segregation & wording requirements Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None
2 2nd November 1813 - 11th March 1836 Suffolk Record Office - Ipswich - Reference - FB219/D/1/2 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None

Woolpit St Mary
Wetherden St Mary
Wetherden St Mary
Woolpit St Mary
Rattlesden St Nicholas
Harleston St Augustine
Rattlesden St Nicholas
Buxhall St Mary
Buxhall St Mary
Onehouse St John the Baptist
Onehouse St John the Baptist

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
20/09/1758 James POOLE Single   Susan ROUT Single  
16/10/1759 Samuel FENNINGS Single   Mary CLACKSON Single  
19/05/1761 Robert JOHNSON Widower   Sarah RANSON Widow  
29/06/1763 John GOODCHILD Single   Sarah REYNOLDS Single  
21/12/1765 Samuel NUN Single   Mary BEACH Single  
04/02/1772 James NUN Single   Ann BEECH Single  
12/10/1778 Thomas ARMSTRONG     Elizabeth WHEATLY    
12/02/1779 Avey BAKER Single Gedding Mary GROOM Single  
26/03/1780 John WINDWOOD Single   Elizabeth ORFORD Single  
18/10/1783 James RANSON Single   Ann HARVEY Single  
09/02/1787 John BUXTON Widower   Lydia BAKER Single  
17/02/1789 John BURMAN Single Haughley Sarah SPENCER Single  
11/12/1790 John HARVEY Single   Ann JARROLD Single Gedding
25/12/1790 William KIRTIS Single   Ann SPENCER Single  
09/03/1793 John WILDEN Single   Susan EDWARDS Single  
01/04/1794 Thomas FLATT Single Wyverstone Elizabeth BAXTER Single  
13/04/1794 Abraham SUGGET Single   Mary BAXTER Single  
02/12/1799 William SCARF Single   Ann ARMSTRONG Single  
09/10/1800 Michael HOUGHTON Single   Mary BRADSTREET Single Rattlesden
09/11/1802 James MOYLEY Single Walsham Le Willows Susan EDWARDS Single  
05/05/1803 Thomas MUNNINGS Single Wetherden Mary LOFTES Single  
01/11/1803 Thomas ARMSTRONG Single   Mary HUNNIBALL Single  
08/11/1803 Jonathan HALLS Single   Ann CLARK Single  
02/09/1805 Robert LUSHER Single   Susan HOWE Single Wetherden
27/10/1805 Timothy GOWEN Single Stowmarket Elizabeth BUXTON Single  
08/09/1807 Thomas BRADSTREET Single   Judith HOWES Single  
06/10/1807 John GREEN Widower Combs Judith BRADSTREET Widow  
06/06/1808 Thomas PLEASANTS Single   Jane ARMSTRONG Single  
03/10/1809 Thomas SCOTT Single Badley Mary LUSHER Single  
28/11/1810 John HOPES Single   Mary EDWARDS Single  
22/01/1811 James ARMSTRONG Single   Elizabeth EDWARDS Single  
05/11/1811 John Stearn RANSON Single   Isabella MANNING Single  
16/12/1811 Henry Watcher MOORE Widower Great Bricett Amey RUSH Single  
02/06/1812 Thomas PLEASANTS Widower   Ann RANSON Single  
1 02/11/1813 John GRIMWOOD Single   Sarah BRETT Single  
2 01/03/1814 William BRETT Single   Sarah SMITH Single  
3 06/11/1815 James COBBOLD Single   Charlotte BUXTON Single  
4 26/12/1815 Daniel HALLS Single   Sarah BLOMFIELD Single  
5 05/02/1816 John EAMES Single   Sarah WELLS Single  
6 30/07/1816 Henry SPARROW Single   Elizabeth BRETT Single  
7 04/11/1816 Frederic EDWARDS Single   Mary HOOPS Widow  
8 28/10/1817 Charles BUXTON Single   Martha MAKINS Single  
9 05/11/1817 William EDWARDS Single   Mary HOWES Single  
10 13/04/1818 Morris BIRD Single   Mary SHEPPARD Single  
11 18/01/1819 John COBBEL Widower   Debrah THOMPSON Widow  
12 20/07/1819 Rivers ORRIS Single   Maria FINCH Single  
13 18/10/1819 Joshua HALLS Single   Judith BRADSTREET Widow  
14 10/01/1822 George WIGHTON Single   Mary RANSON Single  
15 03/11/1823 George GLADWILL Single   Sarah EDWARDS Single  
16 24/12/1823 Jonathan WILDEN Widower   Maria NUNN Single  
17 21/01/1825 William DAVY Single   Susan HOWES Single  
18 02/04/1825 Thomas LOYD Single   Elizabeth HART Single  
19 06/10/1826 Robert GARLING Single   Eliza BUCKLE Single  
20 06/11/1826 Thomas BARNARD Single   Sarah GLADWILL Widow  
21 29/05/1827 John DICKERSON Single Hartest Mary HOUGHTON Single  
22 28/04/1828 Henry CROSS Single   Eliza SCARFF Single  
23 30/09/1830 Thomas FLOWERDEW Single Haughley Harriett BUCKLE Single  
24 23/11/1830 James BAMMANT Widower   Sarah GREEN Single Hacheston
25 23/12/1833 Charles BUCKLE Single   Susan NUNN Single  
26 24/10/1835 Samuel SUTTON Widower   Sophia PYMAN Widow Stowupland
27 05/12/1835 John SCARFF Widower Woolpit Judith SCARFF Single  
28 11/03/1836 James NUNN Single   Eliza Ann BUXTON Single Stowmarket

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