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


The Parish

The parish of Cholderton lies in southeastern Wiltshire forming a short stretch of the border with neighbouring Hampshire. Cholderton is located roughly 5 miles east of the market town of Amesbury and sits on the A338 road which connects Salisbury with the busy A303 from London to Exeter. Cholderton is a small village grouped around a pair of road junctions with minor lanes and is dominated by the estate of Cholderton Lodge. It is likely that Cholderton was a closed parish with most land in single ownership discouraging inward migration and leading to a small settlement. The area around the parish is intensively arable with cereals dominating as the main crop. Cholderton is drained southwards by the River Bourne which merges with the Wiltshire Avon at Salisbury before reaching the English Channel through Christchurch Harbour. Cholderton is sited at around 90 metres above the sea but chalk hills rise all around peaking at just short of 200 metres on nearby Beacon Hills. Cholderton was fairly typically sized for its area, covering a little under 1,700 acres it would have supported a population of close to 150 parishioners. In Domesday times Cholderton was equally small, shared by 3 landholders it could muster just 6 plough and some small pastures.

The Church

St Nicholas' church sits east of the A338 accessed across the Bourne by a narrow lane. Sadly this is not some medieval masterpiece nor indeed the venue for these marriages as the original church has been demolished and today's church was built in the 1840s as a replacement. There is little remarkable architecture-wise to comment except for the interesting fact regarding the roof which was formerly that of a maltings in Suffolk. The access lane is sufficiently wide to permit parking and the churchyard is open, uncluttered and with no obstacles for the photographer.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 1754 - 1794

There are no surviving register covering this period
2 31st January 1796 - 5th November 1812 Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre Bishops Transcripts on loose-leaf folios Grade 4 Register - there are notable quality issues with this register which may have resulted in many misreads Whilst all entries found were readable there are omissions and years where only baptisms and burials were recorded leading to a certainty of omission.
3 17th January 1814 - 22nd October 1836 Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - Reference - PR075/1/3 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None

Bulford St Leonard
Shipton Bellinger St Peter, Hampshire
Shipton Bellinger St Peter, Hampshire
Thruston St Peter & St Paul, Hampshire
Bulford St Leonard
Amport St Mary, Hampshire
Quarley St Michael, Hampshire
Amesbury St Mary & St Melor
Newton Tony St Andrew
Grateley St Leonard, Hampshire

Register Reference Date Groom Forename Groom Surname Groom Status Groom Abode Bride Forename Bride Surname Bride Status Bride Abode
31/01/1796 John LOVELICK Sarah CLIFFORD
05/02/1797 William LOVELOCK Mary DYKE
24/10/1799 William RIVERS Milston Sarah ELDEN
13/05/1803 William WELLS St Mary Bourne, Hampshire Mary CONDUIT
06/11/1803 Thomas CARTER Hannah SELWOOD
30/11/1803 Robert DREW Brading, Hampshire Ann CROUCH
21/03/1804 John YEATS Sarah WATERS
21/12/1804 Thomas ALLEN Sarah YEATS
13/02/1806 James DICKS Elizabeth SELWOOD
08/08/1811 Benjamin WILKES Salisbury Sarah KIMBER
21/10/1811 Henry HALE Ann BLAKE
07/11/1811 James DRAPER Fittleton Elizabeth STEVENS
07/05/1812 John SHEPHERD Abbotts Ann, Hampshire Mary Ann PENNY
05/11/1812 Thomas PRICKER Sarah CHARLKET
4 17/01/1814 Thomas MERRAT Mary HILLYEAR
5 19/10/1814 Nathaniel Edgar SLOPER Honiton, Devon Elizabeth BLATCH
7 10/11/1817 John STRIDE Quarley, Hampshire Mary GIRL
8 25/05/1818 William BEDFORD Elizabeth ADAMS Amport, Hampshire
9 02/03/1819 James WHICHER Rachel EMM
10 01/01/1820 Davis CANNING Single Ogbourne St Andrew Elisabeth TANNER Single
11 08/05/1821 David STURGES Single Lucy WATERS
12 09/05/1821 James ALEXANDER Single St John, Devizes Ann WATERS Single
13 06/11/1822 William ELTON Single Newton Tony Harriet WHICHER Single
14 29/03/1823 James ORAM Single Collingbourne Ducis Elizabeth WATERS Single
16 01/05/1823 John Walter Goddard ROGERS Single Alvediston Mary TANNER Single
17 26/12/1824 Eli DYKES Single Susannah SPENCER Single
15 04/04/1825 Thomas PRICKER Widower Sarah BLAKE Single
18 12/07/1826 William SHADWELL Single Frances PHILLIPS Single
19 10/07/1828 Charles HUNT Rebecca WATERS
20 30/10/1828 George SAINSBURY Batheaston, Somerset Jemima TANNER
21 26/06/1829 George BROWN Amport, Hampshire Mary WATERS
22 25/04/1831 David STURGESS Sarah CHALLIS
23 18/05/1831 Thomas SMITH Ludgershall Harriet PRICKER
24 02/05/1833 Noah HILLIER Hannah BANCE
25 06/07/1833 William HARDING Louisa PRESTON
26 09/11/1833 Thomas DREW Esther FORTUNE
27 29/03/1834 John YOUNG Jane PARFIT
28 03/11/1834 Giles HOOPER Mary LISCOMB
29 07/11/1835 Henry PARFITT Amport, Hampshire Harriett MERRITT
30 14/11/1835 John HALE Sarah STURGESS
31 25/05/1836 William DAVIS St Olave Hart St, City Of London Ann BARRETT
32 03/10/1836 Christopher FAWCETT Single Boscombe Sarah Frances FOYLE Single
33 22/10/1836 Edward CLEMENTS Betty BROWN

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