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Parish Register Extracts

These extracts are from volume 1 of "Norfolk Archaeology", published by the Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society in 1847.

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

  • 1742: Marriage of Simon Clarke and Alice Dewing
  • 1734: Death of Thomas Hoogan
  • 1742: Death of John Burridge

1742: Marriage of Simon Clarke and Alice Dewing

Carthew, George Alfred
Notices of the Saxon or Early Norman Church of Great Dunham.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.1, pages 91-99, 1847]

This is on page 98.

Marriages, 1742.
  Mem.
I, Ambr. Pimlowe, Rector of this Parish, was this 27th day of Septr, 1742, at the Revd Mr Christopher Sealby's at Rougham, in the afternoon, to meet with Mr Edmund Clarke, Apothecary at one of the Burnhams, who wanted to speak with me, & asked me whether I married the above-named Simon Clarke & Alice Dewing. I answered yea, & too late to find the young man was his only son of about 19 years of age, and well educated at Bury School, and intended for his own business, and then for further improvement to be sent to London, and likely to enjoy an handsome Fortune; & that the woman was about 17 and a servant; tho' both to me seem'd and look'd to be above age. But, to my great misfortune in Character and Reputation, I was too credulous in believing Charles Dewing of Flitcham, a capital tenant to the Right Honorable Lord Lovell, brother to the above named Alice Dewing, and William Goodrick of Swaffham, Glover, who, to their eternal infamy, impos'd upon my ignorance, by declaring the aforenamed Simon Clarke and Alice Dewing were both Servants and lived with Mrs * * * * widow at Burnham, which false testimony made me the unhappy instrument of joining their hands in matrimony, to the ruin of the Bridesgroom and the high displeasure of his father; for which act in bitter sorrow I repent, and pray God and all good Christians to forgive me, and in a most special manner ask pardon of the injured father, and freely confess if I was to be suspended for this (tho' ignorant act) it would be but justice; because I was too credulous and should have been more cautious, and not have hazarded any danger to the married couple, their relations, or myself. And this account I have freely entered into the Parish Register, to stand upon record as a blot in my clerical character, and shall and ought to carry the shame of it to my grave, and wish ten thousand times I had been more cautious and better advised, and do lament the injur'd father's misfortune from the bottom of my heart; and wish all licences were disannul'd, and no marriage legal but by publishing of the Banns in the Face of the Congregation; and to this recantation (resolving to be wise hereafter) I have set my hand Septr 28, 1742.

AMBR. PIMLOWE, Rector.

"N.B. - Mr. Pimlowe died Rector of Great Dunham on the 3rd September, 1750; and a tablet to his memory is inserted in the east wall of the chancel, outside."


1734: Death of Thomas Hoogan

Bulwer, Rev. James
Extracts from the Register-Book of Great Dunham.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.1, pages 357-361, 1847]

This is on page 359.

Thomas Hoogan, Esqr. found dead at North Pickenham, with his horse tied to a bush, and perished with cold, with his hat and wig off, and flat upon his back, with his face and head scratched with thorns, and heavy with water, by stumbling into the river as groping in the dark for his hat or wig or both, as judged, and got out of the river again, but, not able to mount his horse, lay down on dry land and perished, when he might have been saved if a shepherd's page had made, that night he saw him in distress, any discovery: the next morn the boy spoke of it: he was found by the Revd. Mr. Walters Rolf, Rector of North Pickenham, and Mr. Holman, dead, with five guineas and ten shillings in his pocket, a gold watch, and silver spurs. He was brought home by the Rector of Great Dunham, Amb: Pimlowe, the same day, and the Coroner's Inquest past upon him the day after; and he was buried the next day; viz. He was found dead on Wednesday morn, Feb. 5, and buried on Friday, Feb. 7th, 1734.

Faciant aliena pericula cautum.
AMB: PIMLOWE, Rector.
WILL: BALE, Church Warden.
ROB: LARGE, Parish Clerk.

"The family of the Hoogans occupied "The Hall" at great Dunham, and became extinct with the successor of this gentleman about the end of the last century. A Thomas Hoogan is mentioned during the Usurpation, as a Parliament man, in most of the ordinances and commissions relating to Norfolk. The building was taken down in 1800, and the lands sold. (See Blomefield, Vol.V, fol. edit. p.987, for its earlier history.)"


1742: Death of John Burridge

Bulwer, Rev. James
Extracts from the Register-Book of Great Dunham.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.1, pages 357-361, 1847]

This is on page 360.

1742. Burials, John Burridge, a religious, well-disposed labourer, who was never heard to swear an oath, and who set a worthy example to his fellow labourers, was unhappily killed in a marl-pit at Newton near Castle-acre in Norfolk, on Munday [sic] June 28th, and buried on June 29, 1742. The marl-pit belongs to Will: Martin, farmer at Newton aforesaid.

AMB: PIMLOWE, Rector.
RUDD KIDDALL,}                
WILL: HERRING,} Wardens.

See also the Great Dunham parish page.

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February 2009