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Marriages 1754 - 1837
Burton St Richard


The Parish

The parish of Burton lies in central West Sussex about 3 miles south of the market town of Petworth. Burton is located a half mile east of the A285 road which connects Petworth with Chichester. There is no village as such to Burton just the grounds of Burton Hall and surrounded cottages and farms and it is not reached by public road only the footpath network of the estate. Burton is located within the Sussex Weald and would have earned its living from a mixed farming economy at the time of this transcript. As a closed parish with all land owned by the lords at the Hall Burton never developed as a village and was one of the least populated parishes of Sussex. The parish is drained by a small tributary of the River Rother, much altered for ornamental reasons by man to grace the estate, the Rother is met after a couple of miles and it runs eastwards to join the Arun near Pulborough and thence to the English Channel through Littlehampton. Burton is sited at just 30 metres above the sea but lies in sight of the escarpment of the South Downs which rise to 236 metres on Woolavington Down just 2 1/2 miles away. Burton parish is small covering just under 800 acres and would have supported fewer than 10 parishioners. In Domesday time Burton was a place, it was held by Earl Roger of Shrewsbury and could offer 4 ploughs, small meadows & woodland as well as a mill and a fishery.

The Church

The church carries no dedication in Pevsner but web resources, including the church's own site state the dedication as being to St Richard. The church sits within the grounds on Burton Estate but is accessible by footpath from nearby Duncton. The church has its origins in the Norman period and the nave and chancel carry that date albeit masked by later rebuilding in the 17th century. A Pevsner states "mercifully" the Victorians overlooked the church and it did not suffer the restorations of that period. The church sits to the northwest of the Hall within a square churchyard and there are few restrictions to photography within that churchyard.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 23rd November 1810 - 12th November 1832 West Sussex Record Office Bishops Transcripts on loose-leaf folios Grade 4 Register - there are notable quality issues with this register which may have resulted in many misreads There are no surviving register for this parish other than the BTs which are of poor quality and extremely poor coverage

Petworth St Mary
Petworth St Mary
Petworth St Mary
Barlavington St Mary
Bury St John the Evangelist
Barlavington St Mary
Sutton St John
Sutton St John

Register Reference Date Groom Forename Groom Surname Groom Status Groom Abode Bride Forename Bride Surname Bride Status Bride Abode
23/11/1810 John SHOESMITH     Mary WOODFORD    
1 28/02/1820 William LEE Single Sidlesham Anne HORSLEY Single  
2 23/09/1820 Clement GOODGER Single   Rose MARTEN Single  
3 08/01/1821 James EMERY     Hannah GOODGER    
4 27/08/1821 John GOODGER Widower   Alice STANDEN   Fittleworth
5 21/04/1822 Edward INKPEN Single Barlavington Jane EDWARDS   Barlavington
7 12/11/1832 Henry PLEDGE     Mary Ann GOODYER    

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