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


The Parish

The parish of Stanley, created in 1826 from that of Wakefield, lies in central West Yorkshire about 2 miles northeast of its mother parish the industrial town of Wakefield. Stanley is a large industrial village sitting on the western banks of the River Calder, it stands astride the A642 road which links Wakefield with the modern motorways of both M62 and M1. Stanley grew up as an industrial centre, its principal industry being spinning of twine, these manufacturing jobs saw the population grown from a sleepy hamlet to a significant town over the late Victorian period. Nowadays Stanley sits amongst a largely urban framework of major roads and almost contiguous housing. The River Calder drains the parish eastwards joining the Aire at Castleford before reaching the North Sea through the Humber Estuary. Stanley is sited at around 40 metres above sea level in a gently rolling countryside. Stanley parish was created from the larger parish of Wakefield and it covered around 4,000 acres, its population grew rapidly and reached 6,600 parishioners by the mid-19th century. In Domesday book Stanley was held directly by the King and could offer 13 ploughs (although perhaps optimistically there was said to be potential for almost 40 more) as well as meadows.

The Church

St Peter's church stands to the west of the A642 in an extensive sloping site. The church is a modern one, funded by the Church Commissioners to support the rapidly growing population, built in the 5 years prior to the creation of the parish and it is certainly a unusual if not controversial design. Pevsner is rather equivocal describing it as "more odd then beautiful" although he does says it is extraordinary. The western front with its twin and very thin towers dominates all comment on the building and they are certainly an acquired taste. The church sits in almost a parkland of a churchyard stretching up slope from the A642 and accessed by a stepped pathway from that direction. The rather open site is not restricting in its impact on photography.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 7th August 1832 - 8th May 1837 West Yorkshire Archive Service - Wakefield - Reference - WDP/191/1/2/1
Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None

East Ardsley St Michael
Rothwell Holy Trinity
Methley St Oswald
Wakefield All Saints
Normanton All Saints
Wakefield All Saints
Wakefield All Saints
Wakefield All Saints

Register Reference Date Groom Forename Groom Surname Groom Status Groom Abode Bride Forename Bride Surname Bride Status Bride Abode
1 07/08/1832 William DAY     Sarah HARRISON    
2 04/10/1832 John Ledger NETTLETON     Mary VERITY    
3 10/02/1833 Joseph TURPIN     Elizabeth GINN    
4 21/07/1833 Abraham GINN     Sarah WARD    
5 28/11/1833 John CROSBY   Spofforth Hannah CHARLESWORTH    
6 23/02/1834 David LAYCOCK     Sarah SYKES    
7 06/04/1834 John RICHARDSON     Sarah WHITAKER    
8 10/07/1834 William Garlick LAMBERT   Sandal Magna Ann LAKE    
9 14/09/1834 Francis BROOK     Sarah KILLINGBECK    
10 22/09/1834 William BALDWIN     Sarah HOLMES    
11 29/09/1834 Thomas Thornhill CLARKSON     Elizabeth Lomax WILSON    
12 13/10/1834 William WROE     Mary SCATCHER    
13 17/04/1835 John BARRAS   Wakefield Eleanor WHITTINGTON    
14 20/04/1835 Thomas HAYLEY     Mary GILL    
15 17/05/1835 George SCOTT     Mary BARBER    
16 27/09/1835 George GLOVER     Isabella DEWS    
17 06/12/1835 Thomas WALTON     Sarah SCOTT    
18 06/06/1836 John SIDEBOTTOM     Mary LIDDLE    
19 07/06/1836 John HIGGINS     Lydia HIGGINS    
20 19/07/1836 Robert SMITH     Ann FOUNTEN    
21 08/08/1836 William HESLING     Lucy HEBBLETHWAITE    
22 31/10/1836 James HARDGRAVE     Ann SHARP    
23 21/11/1836 Richard HOLDSWORTH     Ann STONE    
24 22/01/1837 John HAYTHORNE     Ann WILLMAN    
25 06/02/1837 Andrew ATHA     Henrietta ARMITAGE    
26 26/02/1837 Henry TALBOT     Elizabeth JACKSON    
27 06/03/1837 Joseph PARKIN     Elizabeth SCOTT    
28 28/03/1837 Richard DREW     Sarah LAND    
29 02/04/1837 David GOODAIR     Eliza POCOCK    
30 08/05/1837 John STONE     Ann BRANEGIN    

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