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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Somerton St Margaret


The Parish

The parish of Somerton lies in western Suffolk about 5 miles northwest of the small town of Long Melford. Somerton sits about 2 miles west of the B1066 road which connects Long Melford with Bury St Edmunds. Somerton is a small place, little more than a hamlet, which sits at the end of a pair of dead-end lanes running from Hartest & Somerton Hall respectively. Somerton is a typical Suffolk arable farming settlement, surrounded by large fields intensively managed for cereals, beet & oil-seed. Somerton is drained eastwards by a small tributary of the River Glem which is soon joined, turning south to meet the Stour, the latter reaches the North Sea through its estuary & the town of Manningtree. Somerton is sited at around 100 metres above the sea in gentle terrain where local heights barely reach more than 15 metres higher for some distance. Suffolk parishes are often small and Somerton was one of them, it covered just under 1,000 acres and supported less than 150 parishioners. In Domesday times Somerton was an equally small place, shared by St Edmunds Abbey & one Robert Fitzcorbucion it could offer just 5 ploughs and a small meadow.

The Church

St Margaret's church sits at the heart of the small village on the western side of its only lane. Whilst the church has its origins in the 12th century little remains of that time, the blocked northern doorway is all that remains of the Norman Romanesque. The remainder of the church is a 14th century replacement with minor modifications at later eras. The Decorated style is used through nave, chancel and western tower whilst the almost equally sized southern chapel appears almost like a second chancel. A few changes happened since that early 14th century build, sporadic Perpendicular style windows appear whilst the usual Victorian restoration saw the roofing largely replaced. Whilst the lane leading to the church is narrow there is ample space for a pair of cars outside the gates, the usual flint & brick wall surrounding the churchyard has wooden gates granting entry to a churchyard which has no obstructions to photography.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
13th October 1755 - 4th April 1812
Suffolk Record Office - Bury St Edmunds - Reference - FL625/4/1/3/1
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
2 2nd February 1817 - 16th January 1837 Suffolk Record Office - Bury St Edmunds - Reference - FL625/4/1/3/2 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None

Brockley St Andrew
Brockley St Andrew
Brockley St Andrew
Hawkedon St Mary
Hartest All Saints
Hawkedon St Mary
Boxted Holy Trinity
Boxted Holy Trinity

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 13/10/1755 John BULLOCK Single Elizabeth RANNAH Single
2 08/06/1756 William GALLANT Mary CHICKAL
3 08/06/1756 Isaac SNEASEL Elizabeth GALLANT
4 13/10/1757 John GARWOOD Single Ann GARDINER Single
5 29/11/1760 Charles MILLS Widower Sarah RANNS Single
6 10/10/1764 Thomas CLARK Single Martha HILLS Single
7 24/09/1765 Robert SOUTHGATE Amy GARDNER
8 30/09/1766 Ambrose BRIDGMAN Susanna TILLET
9 12/10/1766 Robert PENTENEY Cavendish Mary MURTON
10 28/05/1769 John PLUM Single Boxted Martha HURRELL Single
11 04/07/1769 Robert BULLOCK Single Ann COULSON Single
12 26/12/1769 Philip HIBBLE Poslingford Elizabeth WADE Single
13 10/10/1770 George UNDERWOOD Sarah JERMYN
14 23/02/1773 James LOCK Single Sarah KNOPP Single
15 10/11/1774 William CANDLER Hartest Rachel HAWKINS
16 25/05/1775 John HARROLD Single Sarah GARWOOD Single
17 12/01/1776 William CLARKE Single Hawkedon Mary MAYES Single
18 00/00/1777 John FENN Baylham Margaret WOODARD
19 19/04/1778 James CRISAL Single Long Melford Amy GALLANT Single
20 21/04/1778 Thomas SMITH Single Hartest Alice GARDNER Single
21 11/10/1778 William SMITH Boxted Mary PLUM
22 22/01/1779 John BIRD Widower Shimpling Elizabeth MAYES
23 06/04/1779 John PAIN Boxted Susanna WOODARD
24 09/01/1781 Isaac SNEASDAL Judith BAKER
26 27/06/1782 William EVERARD Single Hartest Mary GALLANT
27 07/09/1783 Samuel WRIGHT Hartest Susan MAYES
29 11/10/1783 Robert GOLDSTONE Single Frances EVERARD Single
30 05/04/1785 John CHALICE Sarah EVERED
28 22/08/1785 George GERRAL Widower Hartest Ann BULLOCK Widow
31 01/10/1788 Martin LOTT Widower Hartest Mary FLACK Widow
33 13/10/1789 Samuel THEOBALD Susan GARWOOD
34 27/10/1789 John WALES Ann GALLANT
35 28/01/1790 John BEAN Hartest Maria SNEASEL
36 22/02/1791 William CLARK Widower Hawkedon Keziah BOREHAM Widow
37 05/08/1793 William SADLER Single Susan BUTCHER Single
38 10/10/1793 John THEOBALD Single Frances PEARSONS Single
39 10/10/1793 Thomas BULLOCK Single Mary BOREHAM Single
40 24/06/1794 Samuel BRETT Single Boxted Elizabeth HALLS Single
41 07/10/1794 John SMITH Mary GALLANT
42 17/10/1797 Ambrose BRIDGMAN Single Shimpling Jane TILLOTT Single
43 14/11/1799 John PLUMB Single Mary AMBROSE Single
44 20/07/1802 William CLARK Single Sarah BAYLEY Single
45 14/11/1802 William SMITH Single Sarah PAWSEY Single Depden
46 30/11/1802 James ROOT Single Priscilla HURRELL Single
47 11/06/1805 Thomas AMBROSE Single Cavendish Bett WADE Single
48 09/06/1807 John BARTON Single Barbara BOWERS Single
49 16/11/1809 Abner AGER Single Sophia PLUMB Single
50 11/12/1810 John SPEARMAN Single Ann PLUMB Single
51 11/02/1811 Joseph BAILEY Single Mary WORDLEY Single
52 04/04/1812 Joseph CLARKE Single Mary JARRALD Single
1 02/02/1817 Samuel LUCAS Widower Harwich, Essex Elizabeth DREW Widow
2 28/07/1818 John BRETT Single Mary Ann COBBEN Single
3 08/09/1818 John KIMMIS Single Hartest Elizabeth ESTERFORD
4 09/08/1819 Thomas BULLOCK Single Alice ROOKS Single
5 07/10/1819 John CLARK Widower Martha FITCH Single Brockley
6 02/10/1821 William STRIBLING Single Mary BRIDGES Single
7 15/11/1821 Charles DENNIS Widower White Notley, Essex Mary Elizabeth MADDY Single
8 22/10/1822 John SADLER Single Mary Ann CLARK Single
9 21/11/1823 William BRIDGE Single Stansfield Mary BULLOCK Single
10 12/10/1824 William Wright HEWETT Susan Moore MADDY
11 29/11/1828 Charles BREWSTER Hawkedon Elizabeth GAME Single
12 07/02/1832 James AMBROSE Christiana PURKIS
13 20/03/1832 Charles MILLS Halstead, Essex Sarah SMITH
14 08/05/1832 George HARDY Single Whepstead Lucy GAME Single
15 07/12/1832 William FARRANCE Stansfield Elizabeth BULLOCK
16 11/01/1835 James AMBROSE Widower Susan CLARK Single Hawkedon
17 09/06/1835 William CUTLER Widower Elizabeth RUDD Single
18 22/08/1835 William BRETT Single Sophia CLARKE Single
19 16/01/1837 John GRANGER Single Tamar WELLS Single

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