Marriage Intentions, Aylsham, 1849-1851 by Ellen Maki, Ph.D.

I wrote in an earlier post about reading through the Guardians’ minutes for the Aylsham Poor Law Union in Norfolk, England. Details of intended marriages were read out at the guardians’ meetings, for marriages which were to take place at either non-conformist churches or registrars’ offices. I have previously posted the intended marriages for 1848, and have now extracted the marriage intentions for 1849-1851. The details are given in the table below.

The marriage intentsions could serve as a useful finding aid – a guide to where to look for a couple’s marriage record. Like marriage banns, though, the reading out of an intended marriage does not necessarily mean that the couple followed through with their marriage, or if they did, it may have taken place somewhere other than the location noted in the guardians’ minutes.

Date of 1st AnnouncementCoupleIntended Location of Marriage
2 Jan 1849William Brownsell & Lydia SeamanWesleyan Methodist Chapel, Aylsham
17 Apr 1849John Cooke Beane Gambling & Sarah BrooksIndependent Chapel, Princess Street, Norwich
12 Jun 1849William Lewis & Mary Ann DentBaptist Chapel Aylsham
12 Jun 1849Joshua Davison & Mary StibbingsWesleyan Chapel Holt
19 Jun 1849Samuel Fuller & Caroline DunhamWesleyan Chapel Hackford
3 Jul 1849Henry Palmer & Elizabeth BloggBaptist Chapel Foulsham
3 Jul 1849James Hall & Elizabeth BrownBaptist Chapel Foulsham
11 Sep 1849Henry Turner Miller & Maria FittBaptist Chapel Aylsham
23 Oct 1849John Martin & Mary LambertBaptist Chapel Aylsham
23 Oct 1849John Wilson & Elizabeth CoxWesleyan Methodist Chapel Aylsham
23 Oct 1849John Valentine Gaze & Ann FarrowWesleyan Methodist Chapel Aylsham
30 Oct 1849Edward Hall Reynolds & Jemima StimpsonWesleyan Chapel Holt
27 Nov 1849John Firmage & Mary SmithWesleyan Methodist Chapel Aylsham
15 Jan 1850Robert Hunt & Catherine BugdaleIndependent Chapel East Dereham
26 Mar 1850John Rogers of Cawston & Caroline Bone of HoltWesleyan Methodist Chapel Holt
23 Apr 1850Henry Deacon & Elizabeth StoneWesleyan Methodist Chapel Great Yarmouth
7 May 1850Robert Olley & Mary Ann BurrellSuperintendent Registrar's Office Erpingham Union District
11 Jun 1850Joseph Nicholls & Maria RudlingIndependent Chapel Oulton
18 Jun 1850James Smith & Sophia RobsonBaptist Chapel Aylsham
25 Jun 1850William Eke & Harriet BambridgeWesleyan Methodist Chapel Holt
23 Jul 1850William Henry Meadows & Mary Riches ScottWesleyan Methodist Chapel Aylsham
27 Aug 1850John Tuddenham & Mary Ann CrispParticular Baptist Chapel Fakenham
27 Aug 1850John Mann & Sophia BirdIndependent Chapel Oulton
17 Sep 1850William Bloyce of Tuttington & Elizabeth Gibbons alias Kemp of ColbyWesleyan Methodist Chapel Aylsham
24 Sep 1850John Sutton & Mary Ann ThirtleBaptist Chapel Aylsham
1 Oct 1850Richard Read & Harriet HayntonOld Meeting House St. Clements Norwich
5 Nov 1850Rising Thomas Cooper & Harriet WardWesleyan Methodist Chapel Aylsham
12 Nov 1850Alfred Walter & Mary Matilda LaughtonSuperintendent Registrar's Office
26 Nov 1850William Thirtle & Maria GrixBaptist Chapel Aylsham
25 Feb 1851Henry Craske & Cecilia LeederWesleyan Methodist Chapel Aylsham
13 May 1851William Ward & Hester NewellWesleyan Methodist Chapel Holt
3 Jun 1851Richard Rix & Ann CollinsWesleyan Methodist Chapel Hackford
10 Jun 1851James Bond & Ann WadeSuperintendent Registrar's Office Norwich
2 Dec 1851Henry Craft & Sarah Elizabeth RoofeParish church of Skeyton
9 Dec 1851William Rudd & Mary Ann BalesBaptist Chapel Aylsham


  1. Guardian’s Minute Books. England. Aylsham Poor Law Union, Norfolk. 16 November 1847 – 31 December 1848. Norfolk Record Office C/GP 1. Collection: England, Norfolk Poor Law Union Records, 1796-1900. : accessed 31 March 2016.


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