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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Atherstone on Stour St Mary


The Parish

The parish of Atherstone on Stour stands on the southern edge of Warwickshire despite the county extending for some miles further south to its east. The pre-1974 boundaries of the counties of Warwickshire, Worcestershire & Gloucestershire were, in this area, a complex fretted series of boundaries, enclaves and exclaves which was not resolved until Local Government boundaries were reset at that date, thus Atherstone on Stour formed part of the border with both of those counties at the date of this transcript. This Atherstone should not be confused with Atherstone in the parish of Mancetter, the suffix "on Stour" seeking to differentiate it. Atherstone on Stour is located about 3 miles southern of the Shakespearean town of Stratford on Avon and was a small hamlet sitting on the western banks of the Warwickshire Stour and a quarter mile west of the A3400 connecting Stratford with Shipston on Stour. A pastoral farming community Atherstone would have exploited the watermeadows of the Stour for its pastures. The Stour drains northwards the short distance to the Avon, turning westwards it meets the Severn and the Bristol Channel through the latter's estuary. Atherstone on Stour is sited at around 40 metres above the sea in fairly gentle terrain, a local summit sitting to its west tops out at 85 metres. A relatively small parish by Warwickshire standard Atherstone on Stour covered just over 1,000 acres and would have supported barely 100 parishioners. In Domesday times Atherstone on Stour was equally small, a holding of Bishop Odo of Bayeux it could offer just 5 ploughs and a 3 acre meadow but did possess a mill.

The Church

St Mary's church was declared redundant for worship in 1993 and is now a private house. The former church stood on the northern side of the main lane through the hamlet, close to the Stour itself. The church was a Victorian replacement for the building in which these events occurred and was clearly of little architectural interest to Pevsner, who's account is barely 3 lines of text describing the main features. The crocketed pyramid spire is, perhaps, the most distinctive feature otherwise all was in a style from the Decorated period. Given the building's present status views are limited to those from the lane and the residents privacy should be respected.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 22nd September 1755 - 21st December 1810 Warwickshire County Record Office - Reference - DR0240/3
Plain, ruled book containing combined Banns & Marriages Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None
2 17th November 1813 - 27th May 1837 Warwickshire County Record Office - Reference - DR0240/4 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 1 Register - Few issues noted and a low likelihood of misreads None

Clifford Chambers St Helen, Gloucestershire
Clifford Chambers St Helen, Gloucestershire
Alveston St James
Clifford Chambers St Helen, Gloucestershire
Alderminster St Mary & Holy Cross, Worcestershire
Clifford Chambers St Helen, Gloucestershire
Preston on Stour St Mary , Gloucestershire
Alderminster St Mary & Holy Cross, Worcestershire
Alderminster St Mary & Holy Cross, Worcestershire

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
22/09/1755 Edward EDEN     Elizabeth BROADEY    
28/07/1757 Thomas SMITH     Elizabeth PENINGTON   Clifford Chambers, Gloucestershire
12/10/1757 Thomas WILKINS   Preston On Stour, Gloucestershire Elizabeth DORRIL    
12/04/1760 William TUBB   Loxley Mary LANE    
24/09/1760 William AUSTIN     Rebekah SMITH    
22/09/1761 John MALINS     Alice STEWARD   Barford
14/02/1764 Thomas PITTERWAY     Mary SPRAGGET    
04/11/1765 Thomas LEECH     Mary DENT    
17/04/1766 William SOUTHAM     Elizabeth BLAKEMAN   Alveston
12/10/1767 Thomas ROUSE   Clifford Chambers, Gloucestershire Ann Phillis WELCH    
08/08/1768 John TURNER   Preston On Stour, Gloucestershire Murial SMITH Single  
04/11/1768 Thomas BAYLIS   Alveston Sarah SMITH Single  
25/03/1769 Brown MALINS     Elizabeth TAYLOR   Mickleton, Gloucestershire
09/10/1769 William HADLAND     Mary WELLS    
18/10/1769 Henry TIMS     Elizabeth LONDON    
08/10/1771 John TWIST     Mary SKINNER    
08/11/1773 John TOMPKINS   Ipsley Mary BROWN Single  
16/10/1775 Thomas DAVIS     Alice MALINS    
19/10/1779 William PAXTON   Alveston Mary GIBBS    
06/03/1780 John BENNET     Dinah GARRET    
18/04/1780 John MOSELY     Mary WARD   Alderminster, Worcestershire
19/10/1780 John MILES     Sarah SMITH   Clifford Chambers, Gloucestershire
29/11/1780 Henry TIMS   Ilmington Elizabeth BUTLER    
16/12/1780 Edward EDKINS   Aston Cantlow Mary CHAPMAN Single  
16/04/1781 John ROSE   Long Compton Hannah EDEN    
29/12/1781 John HATHAWAY     Elizabeth NICHOLS   Snitterfield
19/08/1782 Thomas GIBBS     Elizabeth EDEN    
15/10/1782 Edward WILKINS     Mary HADLAND    
05/11/1782 William STAIT     Sarah JONES    
20/09/1784 Thomas WOOD   Whitchurch Margaret DORREL    
09/04/1787 Richard FIELD   Oxhill Alice TUB    
11/01/1790 Thomas PITTAWAY     Elizabeth FOWLER   Preston On Stour, Gloucestershire
04/07/1791 Thomas HERITAGE Single Ettington Esther CHAPMAN Single  
14/02/1792 William MANDER     Sarah PITTAWAY   Alveston
11/10/1792 William BROOM     Ann WELLS    
12/10/1793 Thomas SMITH     Sarah ALCOCK    
23/06/1794 Thomas STOW     Ann ROUSE    
26/11/1794 Thomas HARROULD   Badsey, Worcestershire Ann BUTLER    
11/10/1798 John TWIST     Hannah DYSON    
15/10/1800 Samuel HEMMING Single Mickleton, Gloucestershire Jane CHAPMAN Single  
05/06/1804 John WHITE   Whitchurch Sarah ARNOLD    
28/02/1805 William HOBBS   Alveston Elizabeth MILES    
04/11/1805 William ROSE   Shipston On Stour, Worcestershire Sarah MILES    
09/10/1806 William HADLAND     Mary BRADLEY    
09/10/1806 William WALTERS     Mary HOPE    
02/06/1807 Caleb SALMON Single Preston On Stour, Gloucestershire Catherine SALMON Single  
01/12/1807 William HARRIS     Ann BRADLEY    
13/09/1808 William HODGKINS     Mary CLIFFORD    
15/05/1809 William DAY   Whitchurch Mary BRYAN    
21/12/1810 John RAWBONE   Loxley Hannah ALLCOCK    
1 17/11/1813 William ALCOCK   Preston On Stour, Gloucestershire Mary JONES    
2 23/09/1822 Richard BAYLIS   Halford Catharine SALMON Widow  
3 12/10/1824 Thomas NAISH     Ann TAYLOR    
4 12/10/1825 William FLETCHER   Quinton, Gloucestershire Mary FIELD    
5 12/10/1825 Thomas TIMS     Alice FIELD    
6 15/11/1826 John MILES     Sarah WILKINS    
7 13/10/1827 Samuel DYDE     Mary BENNETT    
8 18/10/1827 James THOMPSON     Martha BAKER    
9 11/11/1827 John HARWOOD     Mary MOSELEY    
10 16/11/1830 John STAIT     Mary BARLOW   Ettington
11 03/11/1836 William HADLAND     Elizabeth MATTHEWS    
12 27/05/1837 William MOSLEY     Sarah FIELD    

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