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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Poling St Nicholas


The Parish

The parish of Poling lies in the southern part of West Sussex just north of the seaside resort of Littlehampton. Poling lies just south of the busy A27 highway and is accessed via a dead-end lane off that road. Poling is around 3 miles southeast of the market town of Arundel. There is not much to Poling, just a collection of farms and cottages at the end if its lane and sited in a broad flat plain. Poling is just 2 miles from the English Channel coast of Sussex but here is a world apart from the crowded urbanised coastline. The area is largely devoted to pastoral farming with dairy cattle predominating on the broad flood plain of a tributary of the River Arun, the Black Ditch. This is a low lying area, Poling is sited at only 5 metres above sea level and in prior times this would have been part of a broader estuary to the Arun. The parish is a small one, typical of southern Britain at just over 900 acres and supported just over 200 parishioners. There is no specific mention of Poling in Domesday Book despite the church probably predating that effort.

The Church

St Nicholas church is only accessible on foot from the end of Poling's lane. A footpath heralded by the church sign leads around the back of farm buildings to the churchyard. The standard layout of western tower, nave & chancel applies. The nave is oldest part and Pevsner confirms its Saxon dating, much else has been rebuilt over the centuries notably during the Perpendicular period whence most of the windows originate. The church sits in a sparse graveyard, some trees restrict views but else all is open to the big skies of the plain.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 14th January 1756 - 29th July 1811 West Sussex Record Office - Reference - Par150/1/1/3 Standard preprinted and self-numbered combined Banns & Marriage register with 4 entries per page Grade 3 Register - there are sufficient quality issues with this register to indicate that some misreads will occur albeit few in number Poor handwriting within this register may lead to one or two misreads
2 16th November 1814 - 13th May 1837 West Sussex Record Office - Reference - Par150/1/3/1 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 1 Register - Few issues noted and a low likelihood of misreads None

Lyminster St Mary Magdalene
Warningcamp St Nicholas
Angmering St Margaret
Lyminster St Mary Magdalene
Angmering St Margaret
Lyminster St Mary Magdalene
Littlehampton 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
14/01/1756 Thomas BAKER     Mary ELLIOTT    
18/02/1756 Edward JOHNSTON   Arundel Mary SMITH    
18/09/1758 Charles WATTS   Petworth Anne PENN    
13/09/1759 John POLING     Elizabeth ROATHEL    
29/07/1760 Henry RASON     Ann BETTESWORTH   Heyshott
04/11/1760 William VINCENT     Jane QUINNEL    
29/11/1760 Henry KNIGHT     Sarah GOLL    
04/04/1763 George CLARK     Mary WALDER    
17/01/1764 John GREGORY   Arundel Mary HOPKIN    
11/10/1764 William BRIANT     Sarah TERRY    
11/10/1764 Thomas HOWARD     Jane JACKSON    
13/05/1766 Thomas WAKEFORD     Rebecca HOPKINS    
29/11/1768 George KNIGHT Single   Sarah WAKEHAM Single Angmering
09/07/1769 Daniel WEAKHAM Widower Angmering Betty BUDDLE Single  
14/08/1769 William BRISTOW Widower   Hannah CROSSINGHAM Widow  
16/11/1769 Joseph HOPKINS Single   Philadelphia PENFOLD Single  
13/11/1770 Henry RICHARDSON Single Ferring Sarah JUPP Single  
16/06/1774 Richard NORTH   Littlehampton Hannah CLEMENS    
23/01/1775 John MILLS   Patching Elizabeth DYER    
24/07/1775 George JUPP   Lyminster Sarah WALLDEN    
26/10/1775 William HUNT   Lyminster Sarah AMOORE    
17/08/1777 John ARTWELL   Yapton Anne STRICKLAND    
24/09/1777 Thomas HARROLD   North Stoke Sarah ELLIOTT Single  
01/01/1778 Thomas HEDGECOCK     Catharine CHURCHER    
09/09/1779 Thomas REDMAN     Ruth POWELL    
22/09/1783 Thomas HEDGCOCK     Sarah LANGLEY    
17/03/1784 Thomas TUESLY     Kitty AMOORE    
29/10/1785 Richard GUILE     Mary SNOW    
13/05/1786 William BISHOP   Clapham Hannah BELCHAMBER    
01/08/1786 Thomas PARKER     Anne PENN    
10/07/1787 George AMOORE Single   Hannah KNETTLEY    
16/10/1790 Michael FOARD   Petworth Ann HOPKINS    
06/04/1791 William STEEL     Phillis SNOW    
15/10/1791 James SCUTT     Sarah GREENFIELD    
16/10/1792 George COLLINS     Ann ALDRIDGE    
16/10/1794 William GEARING     Maria BOXOLD    
15/06/1795 George GREEN     Elizabeth REDING    
07/11/1796 Luke SNOW     Jane FARLEY    
28/04/1797 James SHORT Widower   Sarah CROUCHER Widow West Hampnett
04/10/1797 Samuel GUILE     Elizabeth MOODY    
12/02/1801 James HARWOOD Single Pulborough Mary GLASS Single  
28/11/1801 William PENN Single   Mary CHATFIELD Single  
14/11/1803 George BURGESS     Elizabeth PROUDLY    
02/06/1804 James HOPKINS Single Angmering Mary BIRT Single  
09/08/1804 Harry HESSER Single Arundel Mary BINTON Single  
26/12/1804 John CLEAR     Margaret ALDRIDGE    
08/04/1806 William STEEL     Sarah PENN    
25/01/1807 James SAUNDERS     Ann PARKER    
01/05/1809 William CLEMENTS     Mary Ann MAYBANKS    
26/10/1809 Francis SOUTER     Elizabeth BURCHELL    
06/03/1810 Stephen STAMMER     Ann FAULKNER   Lyminster
29/07/1811 Thomas MILLS     Hannah MILLS    
1 16/11/1814 William CHATFIELD Single   Lucy BURCHELL Single  
2 15/04/1815 William UWINS Single   Charlotte STREET Single  
3 16/07/1815 James HEDGCOCK Single   Frances DRALE Single  
4 16/01/1816 Charles FARLEY Single   Mary TROTT Single  
5 25/10/1817 Joseph BONGARD Single   Mary MILLS Widow  
6 19/01/1818 William LATTER Single Rustington Mary STREET Single  
7 19/07/1818 William BAKER Single Littlehampton Mary COLLINS Single  
8 30/11/1818 William COLLINS Single   Jemima TURNER Single  
9 20/06/1820 John GREVITT Single   Harriet SNOW Single  
10 27/09/1824 George COLLINS     Sarah HOPKINS    
11 31/01/1826 John MUNDAY Single   Martha GREEN Single  
12 28/03/1826 Charles MILLS   Angmering Jane MILES    
13 24/10/1830 George HILLS Single   Phoebe HARDING Single  
14 15/04/1831 Richard HUMPHREYS Single Uckfield Eliza FAIR Single  
15 13/09/1831 John BURTON Single   Sarah HARWOOD Single  
16 01/02/1832 John TROTT Widower   Jane COLE Single  
17 17/06/1832 Abraham WHITE Single Lyminster Mary EDMUNDS Single  
18 27/04/1833 Robert HILLS Single   Charlotte WHITE Single  
19 21/08/1833 John ANDREWS Single Angmering Mary POCOCK Single  
20 26/09/1835 Henry GREEN Single   Martha ROGERS Single  
21 21/11/1835 John SOUTER Single   Amy CHATFIELD Single  
22 06/01/1836 Henry FARNDEN Single   Elizabeth RICHARDSON Single  
23 09/04/1836 Edward COLLINS Single   Harriet BAKER Single  
24 13/05/1837 Robert CHATFIELD Single   Sarah EARWICKER Single  

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