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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Parham St Peter


The Parish

The parish of Parham lies in west central Sussex about 5 miles northeast of the small market town of Arundel. Parham sits about a mile west of the A283 road which connects Pulborough with Storrington. There is no village as such to Parham, the entire parish consists of the estate of Parham House, as a "closed" parish where all land was held by the local Lords of the Manor no village developed. As an estate community Parham's economy would have been tied to that of the Hall with a mixture of arable and pastoral farming predominant. Much of the immediate area is modified to parkland supporting the Tudor Hall but small streams drain westward to join the nearby River Arun and reach the English Channel through the port of Littlehampton. Parham is sited at around 30 metres above the sea but sits at the foot of the escarpment of the South Downs and lands rises steeply to the south to local heights of around 190 metres above the sea. Parham parish was small by Sussex standards, it covered just over 1,100 acres and would have supported a population of around 50 parishioners. In Domesday times Parham was shared by Earl Roger of Shrewsbury with Westminster Abbey, collectively it could offer just 5 ploughs, a small meadow but did possess a mill.

The Church

St Peter's church sits on the lawn to the south of the Tudor House and is subject to access restrictions to what is nowadays a "visitor attraction" with charges for entry. The grounds are generally open throughout the summer months - Wednesday to Sundays in the afternoons. The church was extensively remodeled in or about 1820 but was clearly a Perpendicular church retaining a few features from the earlier style eras of the Decorated and early English Gothic. The best features of the building are, however, the interior which Pevsner praises extensively. The church is accessed on foot from the parking areas and sits in an uncluttered churchyard which does not inhibit photography.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 6th November 1754 - 14th June 1804 West Sussex Record Office - Reference - Par147/1/1/4 Plain, ruled book containing combined Banns & Marriages Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None
2 2nd September 1807 - 19th October 1809 West Sussex Record Office - Reference - Par147/1/1/5 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

Just 4 entries
3 10th March 1814 - 10th February 1834 West Sussex Record Office - Reference - Par147/1/3/1
Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None

Amberley St Michael
Storrington St Mary the Virgin
Amberley St Michael
Storrington St Mary the Virgin
Amberley St Michael
Burpham St Mary
Storrington St Mary the Virgin
Angmering St Margaret

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
06/11/1754 Robert BOUNDEN     Ann BATCOCK   Storrington
1 11/04/1758 Richard RUFF Single Amberley Ann LOCKYER Single  
2 03/02/1759 James BANKS Single   Mary ENGLAND Single  
3 30/06/1760 James ADAMS Single   Elizabeth SALTER Single  
4 06/05/1765 John PHILPS Single   Hannah HALE Single  
5 01/06/1767 Henry HUMPHREY Single   Sarah WEBB Single Thakeham
6 13/02/1772 Henry BATCHELOR Single   Mary CLEAR Single  
7 12/05/1774 William GEARING Single   Rebecca SMITH Single  
8 01/05/1775 John FOGDEN Single   Elenor MARSDEN Single  
9 19/10/1779 Thomas TURNER Single   Margaret HEATHER Single  
10 21/04/1785 William CLAPPERTON Single   Sarah GOBLE Single  
11 08/06/1785 Richard TAYLOR Single   Catherine BATY Widow  
12 10/09/1794 Henry PHILLIPS Single Bodiam Hannah MARCH Single  
13 29/11/1796 William WHITE Single   Hannah HENSTONE Single  
14 23/04/1799 John GIBBS     Sarah BAKER    
15 21/04/1800 William WILLIAMS     Sarah PHILLIPS    
07/12/1801 William NAPPIER   Wiggonholt Anne WOODS    
18/06/1803 George GREEN     Ann JUPP    
18/06/1803 John RICHARDSON     Rebecca SUMMERS    
14/06/1804 James WHITE     Hannah TRIKER    
1 02/09/1807 Richard CHATFIELD Widower Wiggonholt Mary NEWMAN Single  
2 04/01/1808 William HADFIELD Single   Mary NAILLARD Single  
3 14/10/1808 Robert CURZON Single   Anne BISSHOPP Single  
4 19/10/1809 Charles STREET Single Goring Ann NEWMAN Single  
1 10/03/1814 John MELLOR Single   Sarah ELPHICK Single  
2 15/11/1815 Henry FIGG     Elizabeth NICHOLSON    
3 26/12/1818 John SKINNER Single   Hannah WHITE Single  
4 01/06/1824 George BEALE Single Crayford, Kent Anne EMERY Single  
5 28/08/1825 William SEARLE Single   Ann HERRINGTON Single  
6 01/08/1826 George Richard PECHELL Single Pagham Katharine Annabella BISSHOPP Single  
7 17/10/1827 Michael BLACKMAN Single Amberley Mary Ann LEGGETT Single  
8 13/11/1828 William CARPENTER Single Amberley Calistha LEGGETT Single  
9 13/01/1829 John SHARLAND Single Okehampton, Devon Harriett BANFIELD Single  
10 20/06/1829 John SKINNER Single Storrington Lucy TRUST Single  
11 10/10/1830 James WHITE Single   Hannah CHAPMAN Single  
12 16/07/1831 James STEDMAN   Storrington Elizabeth KING Single  
13 08/10/1831 William FARRELL   Amberley Elizabeth WHITE    
14 13/07/1833 Thomas DAUGHTRY Single Amberley Jane GIBBS Single  
15 10/02/1834 William Henry PARSONS Single Brighton Caroline EMERY Single  

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