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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
East Preston St Mary the Virgin


The Parish

The parish of East Preston lies in the extreme south of Sussex forming part of the county's coastline with the English Channel. East Preston is located about 6 miles west of Worthing & 4 miles east of Littlehampton. East Preston sits just south of the A2032 road which forms the coast road along this busy and very developed stretch of Sussex coastline. Formerly a separate village East Preston is now contiguous with its western neighbour, Littlehampton forming a strip of modern development that characterises this part of Sussex. At the time of this transcript East Preston, lacking a natural harbour, would have been largely an agricultural settlement albeit some inshore fishing from the beach would have also taken place. Today it is a commuter & retirement settlement with a degree of seaside trade too. AS a coastal settlement what surface drainage is too small to notice at map scale, East Preston is sited at sea level rising to just 6 metres higher by the church, the landscape being a largely flat coastal strip between the English Channel and the South Downs rising some 5 miles away to the north. East Preston parish was tiny, even by southern standards, it covered just over 450 acres and would have supported a population of just over 250 parishioners. In Domesday times East Preston was held by one Earl Roger of Shrewsbury and was equally small, offering just 4 ploughs although its coastal nature permitted 3 salthouses.

The Church

St Mary the Virgin's church sits about a half miles south of the A2032 alongside the roundabout marking the notional centre of East Preston and about three quarters of a mile from the sea. Despite the rather austere northern aisle St Mary has ancient origins, the nave dates from the 12th century as shown by the northern doorway, whilst the chancel Pevsner dates to the subsequent century and showing lancet windows of the Earl English Gothic period. The western tower is in the Perpendicular style and probably dates from the 15th century, until 1951 the tower was topped by a spire, now removed. The northern aisle which Pevsner finds so jarring describing it as "hard and characterless" was added in the 19th century. Sitting in its junction site, the church has entrances both from Station Road & Vicarage Lane, the church is rather hemmed in by trees at the western end and rather limiting the angles for photography.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 1754 - 1763 West Sussex Record Office - Chichester - Reference PAR152/1/1/1 Plain unruled book a continuation of the extant composite register in contravention of Hardewicke's segregation requirements Grade 5 Register - the condition of this register is such that the transcript carries a "health warning" as to the likelihood of being substantially incorrect This register is almost unreadable due to fading and only a single marriage could be identified - there are certain to be omissions from this period as a result
2 8th August 1764 - 5th August 1812 West Sussex Record Office - Chichester - Reference PAR152/1/3/1 Standard preprinted and self-numbered combined Banns & Marriage register with 4 entries per page Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None
3 18th November 1813 - 6th March 1837 West Sussex Record Office - Chichester - Reference PAR152/1/3/2 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None

Rustington St Peter & St Paul
Angmering St Margaret
Angmering St Margaret
Rustington St Peter & St Paul
Ferring St Andrew

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
10/10/1757 Richard AYLWIN   Littlehampton Jane FYE    
1 08/08/1764 Edward PUTTOCK   Arundel Mary FORD    
2 24/11/1767 George KITCHENER Single Northiam Ann SIMMONDS    
06/06/1769 Samuel HENDY   Rustington Sarah OLLIVER    
3 19/06/1770 James PELHAM     Elizabeth CLEAR Single Arundel
4 23/10/1770 George ARNOLD   Lyminster Sarah HILLS    
5 13/04/1773 Charles CARD Single   Ann WAKEHAM Single  
6 26/10/1773 Richard WYATT Single   Elizabeth SANDERS Single  
7 24/01/1775 John NEWMAN Single South Stoke Elizabeth SIMMONS Single  
8 19/05/1775 Thomas HILLS Single Rustington Sarah EVERSETT Single  
9 04/06/1775 Edward SANDERS Single   Mary MOOR Single  
10 31/07/1778 William LEGGATT Single   Ann GREENFIELD Single  
11 13/10/1778 James HUMPHRY Single Rustington Sarah GREENFIELD Single  
12 15/05/1780 Nathaniel SCUTT Single Littlehampton Elizabeth CLEAR Single  
13 26/02/1781 Daniel AUSTIN Single   Sarah JUPP Single  
14 04/02/1783 Jesse SNOW Single   Hannah HILLS Single  
15 03/03/1783 Charles FARLEY Single   Ann LANGLEY Single  
16 21/01/1784 John SLATER Single   Sarah ADAMS Single Rustington
17 05/03/1787 Edward RUFF Single   Lydia WORLEY Single Rustington
18 16/08/1789 Charles CARD     Ann CHEESEMAN    
19 09/10/1792 Thomas BARNARD     Charlotte BAKER    
20 29/01/1793 William STEAD     Mary OVERINGTON    
21 18/05/1793 William HOLDEN   Ferring Mary LANGLY    
22 09/06/1793 Thomas EDMUNDS     Mary MASSEY    
23 15/10/1793 Thomas DENYER Single   Ann BAKER Single  
24 20/07/1796 James BALL Single Ferring Sarah CHEELE Single  
25 14/07/1798 Thomas GUILE Single Old Shoreham Susanna BAKER Single  
26 00/08/1802 Joseph CHEAL   Littlehampton Harriott LEGGATT    
27 12/07/1804 Mark CARPENTER   Littlehampton Henrietta PARSONS    
28 17/10/1804 James VINEY Single Ferring Elizabeth LEGGATT Single  
29 27/05/1806 Richard MILLS Single   Lucy WAKEHAM Widow  
30 06/03/1807 John SLATER Single   Charlotte CORNEY Single  
31 18/04/1808 Thomas HARMAR Single Ferring Sarah STEER Single  
32 03/09/1810 James HORSELY Single Ferring Elizabeth HAMMOND Single  
03/03/1811 George TALBUT   Pagham Sarah SWIFT    
14/05/1811 John LEGGATT     Ann ERINGTON   Rustington
05/08/1812 John AYLING     Charlotte BARNETT Widow  
1 18/11/1813 John GREVELL Single   Mary AYLING Single  
2 29/05/1815 Samuel HARWOOD Single   Sophia HERRINGTON Single  
3 01/02/1817 John COURT Single Bermondsey, Surrey Charlotte FARLEY Single  
4 09/06/1817 James CARD Single   Elizabeth PARSONS Widow  
5 10/10/1817 William DUKE Single Lyminster Hannah LILLYWHITE Single  
6 27/02/1819 William GATES Single Ewhurst Hannah SNOW Single  
7 02/08/1819 Charles FARLEY Single   Jane CORNEY Single  
8 03/04/1820 Abraham AYLING Single Arundel Jane STEER Single  
9 09/11/1820 James FLOAT Single   Mary SANDAL Widow  
10 05/12/1821 John HINKLEY Single   Mary STONE Single  
11 23/04/1822 Jonah COURTMAN Single   Elizabeth Ann MORGAN Single Bradwell Juxta Mare, Essex
12 01/05/1822 Thomas ROBERTS   Binsted Elizabeth HILLS    
13 20/06/1823 William HILLS Single Rustington Sarah BARNET Single  
14 11/12/1823 John CORNEY Single   Nancy GAYLOR   Walthamstow, Essex
15 27/12/1826 George CAIGER Single   Harriet AUSTIN Single  
16 05/03/1829 William GENMAN Single Westbourne Susannah VINEY Single  
17 10/03/1829 Samuel CAPON Single Rustington Elizabeth SLATER Single  
18 24/04/1829 John CAIGER Single   Sarah BAKER Single  
19 14/05/1829 George KNIGHT Single   Jane TUESLEY Single  
20 19/06/1829 George BUNYARD Single   Frances CORNEY Single  
21 12/09/1829 Walter OAKSHOTT Single Brighton Sarah CORNEY Single  
22 14/03/1830 Charles STURT Single Broadwater Louisa MILLS Single  
23 15/09/1830 Stephen BUSHBY Single   Jane FARBY Single  
24 24/06/1831 Samuel PULLEN Widower Kirdford Mary FORD Widow  
25 26/12/1831 James HOLMES Single   Sarah CAGER Widow  
26 21/01/1832 James BOOKER Widower   Philadelphia JUPP Single  
27 04/06/1832 Stephen AYLING Single Broadwater Mary KING Single  
28 05/11/1834 Robert CORNEY Single   Sophia SANDEL Single  
29 21/10/1835 Henry FIRMERNER Widower   Sarah KNIGHT Single  
30 14/08/1836 Henry LEGGATT Single   Maria BUSHBY Single  
31 06/03/1837 Charles Edward Lewis PROW Single   Mary WINTER Single  

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