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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Wordwell All Saints


The Parish

The parish of Wordwell lies in northwestern Suffolk not too far from its border with neighbouring Norfolk. Wordwell is located roughly 6 miles north of the town of Bury St Edmunds and sits on the B1106 road which links Bury St Edmunds through to Brandon. Wordwell is a tiny place today, a real blink-and-miss-it sort of place with barely a handful of farms and cottages and no defined village whatsoever. Much of the parish is occupied by the dense forestry of the King's Forest, an extensive area of commercial forestry which is grown on the poor soils of the area. In earlier times sheep and rabbits would have grazed and the local trade in knapped flint supported a few in this tiny parish. Wordwell sits about a mile north of the valley of the River Lark and a small stream drains south to that river, the Lark heads westwards into Fenland meeting the Great Ouse to the north of Ely before heading north to the Wash through the port of King's Lynn. Wordwell is sited at around 30 metres above the sea, land rises away from the Lark to the north in gentle terrain that reaches local high spots of just over 50 metres within the King's Forest. Wordwell parish was fairly typically sized for its area, covering just over 2,200 acres it couldn't support more than 100 parishioners on its deficient soils. In Domesday times Wordwell was larger than today, held by Bury St Edmunds Abbey its assets amounted to 5 ploughs, some meadows but there was a mill.

The Church

All Saints' church sits on the western side of the B1106 accompanied by a neat flint cottage, the church is managed nowadays by a charity, the Churches' Conservation Trust. Like many isolated small churches it contains ancient fabric, however in this case much modified by the attentions of the Victorian restorers. Two tympani are found which are assigned to the 11th century an indication of the age of the church despite it's lonely setting. 14th century Decorated style work is also found beneath the veneer of Victorian work, niches for side-altars. Both nave and chancel were restored in the mid-19th century, work is described of both 1857 & 1866, a date which is carried by the western bellcote, Pevsner seems uncertain as to which work is done in each of the twin phases. One should perhaps be thankful that the work was done in a neo-Norman style that is faithful to that of the original church. Parking is tricky but a rough area sits outside the gates and there is excellent visibility along the dead-straight B1106. A white gate grants entry into this miniature churchyard with its miniature church but most aspects are available to the photographer.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 8th August 1762 - 15th February 1807 Suffolk Record Office - Bury St Edmunds - Reference - FL/656/4/1 Plain, unruled book, a continuation of the extant composite register in contravention of Hardwicke's segregation & wording requirements Grade 4 Register - there are notable quality issues with this register which may have resulted in many misreads The 5 records were the only entries readable in this register which is a mixture of early composite register together with a selection of BTs
2 15th November 1816 - 28th May 1837 Suffolk Record Office - Bury St Edmunds - Reference - FL/656/4/2 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None

Barnham St Gregory
Barnham St Gregory
Barnham St Gregory
West Stow St Mary
Culford St Mary
West Stow St Mary
Culford St Mary
Culford St Mary

Register Reference Date Groom Forename Groom Surname Groom Status Groom Abode Bride Forename Bride Surname Bride Status Bride Abode
08/08/1762 Robert BARTEL Single
Elizabeth LOCKWOOD Single
22/02/1780 John PETCH Widower
Mary TURNER Single
03/03/1801 Samuel MURTON Single
Sarah FANNER Single
30/05/1805 George ARBON Single
07/01/1806 John ARBON Single
Elizabeth SAMMONS Single
15/02/1807 John BETTS Single Mildenhall Ann HILLS Single
1 15/11/1816 Thomas SIMONS Single
Frances ARBIN Single
2 14/12/1822 George ARBON Widower
Sarah ALLINGTON Single
3 08/03/1823 William BARTLE Widower
Mary COXE Single
4 08/06/1824 Martin VEAL Widower West Stow Sarah SCALES Widow
5 29/01/1825 Samuel DEVEREUX Single West Stow Charlotte POWELL Single
6 08/11/1827 Matthew MIZEN Single
Mary Ann BOGGIS Single
7 08/02/1828 Henry NORMAN
Lackford Hannah ARBIN

8 22/04/1828 Robert James FURNALEY
Wymondham, Norfolk Charlotte Dorothea KEMBALL

9 26/09/1829 George NEWDICK Single

10 07/06/1831 William PETCH Single Culford Hannah MURTON Single
11 05/10/1834 George ARBIN Widower
Charlotte NAYLOR Widow
12 24/01/1835 Robert MURTON Single
Mary Ann ARBIN Single
13 24/10/1835 John NEWDICK Single
Charlotte MURTON Single
14 28/05/1837 John CLARK Single West Stow Jane NEWDICK Single

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