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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Friston St Mary


The Parish

The parish of Friston lies in southern Sussex indeed it forms part of the coastline of the county with the English Channel, including part of the iconic Seven Sisters chalk coastline. Friston lies about 3 miles west of the seaside town of Eastbourne. Friston sits astride the busy A259 coastal road which links Eastbourne with Seaford & Newhaven. Friston is a tiny hamlet, almost absorbed by its larger neighbour East Dean, nowadays the buildings of the two settlements are contiguous. Friston's centre is at the junction of the A259 with a northward running lane that crosses over the South Downs to Polegate. This area nowadays is a mixture of sheep pastures and arable farming but would, at the time of this transcript, have been largely pastoral. Friston sits at about 110 metres above sea level despite being less than a mile from the English Channel, the Seven Sisters forms the southern edge of the parish and indeed England. The parish was rather small and supported fewer than 100 parishioners, hence the brevity of the transcript. There is no specific reference to Friston in Domesday Book one assumes it was recorded with East Dean.

The Church

St Mary's church sits to the south of the A259 at its junction with a track that heads over the Downs to the coast. The church rather puzzled Pevsner in that its earliest date was unclear. Various theories have been put forward the most plausible being that the building predates the Conquest and was extended during the Norman period. What is certain is that the chancel is 14th century. The building is rather small as befits a tiny parish with a simple layout lacking a tower. The initial few yards of the track (Crowlink Lane) are tarred and there is parking on that stretch close to the entrance. A low flint wall surrounds the site and large mature trees screen the church from the main road. Once inside, however, angles are clear for photography.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 9th April 1757 - 18th April 1812 East Sussex Record Office - Reference - PAR345/1/1/3
Standard preprinted and self-numbered Marriage register with 4 entries per page Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None
2 2nd May 1824 - 29th October 1832 East Sussex Record Office - Reference - PAR345/1/3/1 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 1 Register - Few issues noted and a low likelihood of misreads None

West Dean by Seaford All Saints
West Dean by Seaford All Saints
Jevington St Andrew
Willingdon St Mary
West Dean by Seaford All Saints
East Dean by Eastbourne St Simon & St Jude

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
09/04/1757 William MOOR     Ann PIERCE Single  
19/11/1761 John DUNSTONE   East Blatchington Elizabeth MARDEN    
22/07/1763 Alexander PEIRCE   Jevington Mary POTTER    
25/09/1765 John MARDEN     Jane CLIFTON    
25/08/1768 Samuel SWAZLING   Seaford Mary RANCER    
07/12/1768 William PETIT     Susanna BALDY   Wilmington
26/10/1772 Samuel PETIT   East Dean By Eastbourne Ann SANDERS    
05/04/1774 Thomas MANSER Single Westham Sarah EARLE Single  
18/05/1779 John PENDRELL     Sarah COPPARD    
15/10/1781 John HOADLY     Elizabeth CHEAL    
30/10/1781 Samuel REED Single Jevington Elizabeth ADAMS    
19/10/1789 Jeremiah GARDENER   Lullington Charity SHARRARD    
02/06/1792 William MARTIN     Philly PEARCE   Alfriston
04/04/1793 Stephen HORSECROFT     Ann BARTHOLOMEW Single East Dean By Eastbourne
24/05/1795 Henry BAKER   Eastbourne Sukey WHITEMAN    
25/05/1801 Thomas WEB     Lydia EEDS    
22/06/1801 James VIRREL   Fairlight Jane BANKHAM    
01/08/1802 Benjamin KING     Mary LEWIS    
27/05/1803 William CATT   Willingdon Sarah PEIRCE    
01/12/1804 John CARTIN Single   Phyllis BATTELMEW Single  
29/10/1806 William ELPHICK Single   Mary ARMITAGE Single East Dean By Eastbourne
26/11/1806 Charles WILLARD Single East Dean By Eastbourne Jane Maria RASON Single  
20/04/1808 Samuel THORPE Single Jevington Sarah HOAD Single  
13/11/1809 John SIMMONS Single   Mary MARCHANT Single East Dean By Eastbourne
18/04/1812 John VARNHAM Single East Dean By Eastbourne Fanny MARTIN Single  
1 02/05/1824 John BARTHOLOMEW Widower   Mary WILDISH Single  
2 07/03/1826 Thomas STEWART Single   Eliza BULL Single  
3 06/02/1832 Adolphus JENKINS Single   Margaret BATTON Single  
4 09/04/1832 William MARCHANT Single   Eliza HUTCHINSON Single  
5 29/10/1832 Patrick COLEMAN Single Seaford Mary Ann BATTON Single  

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