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Old Baptist Church
"Top Meeting"

Early Marriages 1839 - 1900


No register is extant for this period but there were clearly marriages
taking place at the Old Baptist Church. When they moved to the new
Church in Park Road in 1900 a new register was started and the
first 5 marriages are stated to have been at the Old Church.


In the list below, one marriage, taken from a certificate (a copy kindly sent to us),
is numbered 181. This perhaps suggests that around 200 marriages may have taken
place at the Old Baptist Church before the new register began in 1900.

Northampton Mercury Rushden Baptist Meeting First Marriage – “Old Baptist Meeting on Tuesday 22nd January 1839 Rev. Samuel Wells, Baptist Minister of Thurleigh to Mrs Elizabeth Barnes of Kettering”.
This was the First marriage solemnised in the above.
Northampton Mercury On 20th October 1840 at the Old Meeting by Rev. Whittemore – Mr Alfred Andrew Manning of Rushden to Martha 2nd daughter of Mr John Bates of Upper Dean, Bedfordshire.

N'pton Mercury, 12th April 1845

On the 3d inst., at the old Baptist Meeting, Rushden, by the Rev. J. Whittemore, Mr. Henry Cook, carpenter, of Northampton, to Elizabeth, daughter of Mr. Joseph Knight, of the former place.

N'pton Mercury, 31 January 1846 

Jan. 29, the Baptist Meeting, Irthlingborough, by the Rev. John Trimming, John Cave, of Rushden, to Jane Warren, of Irthlingborough.

N'pton Mercury, 19 December 1846 

December 2, at the Old Baptist Meeting, Rushden, by the Rev. J. Whittemore, James Knight, to Ann Mackness.

December 10, Wm. Smart to Mary Saunders;

Joseph Allen, of Higham Ferrers, to Elizabeth Bull, of Rushden. 

N'pton Mercury, 27th Sept 1851

At the Old Baptist Chapel, Rushden, by the Rev. J. Whittemore, Mr. James GREEN to Rebecca ILIFF.

N'pton Mercury, March 30th 1878 On Tuesday the marriage of William, eldest son of Mr. W. Colson, boot and shoe manufacturer, with Miss Mary Lucy, of Wollaston, was solemnised in the Old Baptist chapel.
Golding Wedding report 1929 Mr. Arthur and Mrs. Wilmott (nee Green) - 2nd June 1879, the Rev. Thomas Bromage (grandfather of the present pastor of the Wellingborough-road Wesleyan Reform Mission, Rushden), married them at the Old Baptist Chapel.
W'boro' News report 1883 Mr Charles Hudd to Miss Florence Fanny Pung - 24th March 1883, were married by her father.
We'boro' News, 30th June 1883 On the 25th inst,, at the Old Baptist Meeting, Rushden, by the Rev. W. A. Davis, Walter Clayton to Elizabeth Holding, both of Rushden.
Certificate No 181 - George Selwood 24 bachelor, clicker, son of John, dec'd shoemaker, married Sarah Jane Maddock, 21 spinster, daughter of Thomas, shoemaker on 19th April 1883.
Wellingboro' News, 19th April 1884 On the 14th inst., at the Old Baptist Meeting, Rushden, by the Rev. W. A. Davis, Frederick Sargent Knight to Annie Darnell, both of Rushden.
Wellingboro' News, 19th April 1884 On the 14th inst., at the Old Baptist Meeting, Rushden, by the Rev. W. A. Davis, Frederick Perkins to Emma Sanders, both of Rushden.
W'boro' News, 6th Dec. 1884 On the 2nd inst., at the Old Baptist Chapel, Rushden, by Rev. W. A. Davis, John Smith, of Newton Bromshold to Letitia Roberts, of Ringstead.
Rushden Echo, 1939 (Golden Wed) February 1889, Mr Harry Haxley of Raunds to Annie, eldest daughter of Reuben Groom, of Raunds.
Wellingboro' News, 4th March 1887 On the 2nd inst., at the Old Baptist Chapel, Rushden, by the Rev. W. Coombs, Henry James Deacon to Martha Clayton, both of Rushden.
Wellingboro' News, 3rd June 1887 On the 30th ult., at the Old Baptist Meeting, Rushden, by the Rev. W. J. Tomkins, Charles Bates to Julia Underwood.
Wellingboro' News, 3rd June 1887 On the 29th ult., at the Old Baptist Meeting, Rushden, by the Rev. W. J. Tomkins, Samuel Joseph Denton to Ellen Chettle.
The Argus - 27 Dec 1889 On 26th December 1889 at the Old Baptist Meeting, Rushden, by the Rev. W J Tomkins, Walter Thomas Wood of Great Bookham, to Ellen Elstow.
The Argus - 11th April 1890 On the 5th inst., at the Register Office, Wellingboro’, Geo Thompson to Caroline Biggs, both of Rushden.
The Argus - 11th April 1890 On the 3rd inst., at the Register Office, Wellingboro’, Harry Meadows to Emily Annie Whiting, both of Rushden.
The Argus - report 11th April 1890 On Monday last the nuptials were celebrated between Mr. M. V. Burrows, of Finedon, and Miss P. Darnell.
W'boro' News report, 24th May, 1895 At the Old Baptist Chapel on Monday morning last, when Mr. Herbert Samuel Gates, third son of Mr. Thos. Gates, Upper Holloway, was married to Miss Jennie Storey, third daughter of the late Mr. Robert Storey, of Castle Bolton.
W'boro' News, 3rd June, 1895 On the 3rd inst., at the Old Baptist Chapel, Rushden, by the Rev. W. J. Tomkins, Thomas T. Clarke to Mary Ann Skinner, both of Rushden.
W'boro' News, 6th Sept, 1895 On the 3rd inst., at the Old Baptist Chapel, Rushden, by the Rev. W. J. Tomkins, Alfred Hurley Timms to Sarah Jane Clarke.
W'boro' News, 13th Sept, 1895 On the 12th inst., at the Old Baptist Chapel, Rushden, by Rev. W. J. Tomkins, Edward Abbey Moody, of Oldham, to Kate Elston.
W'boro' News report, 1st Nov, 1895 On Monday morning [28th Oct], the nuptials of Mr. T. Tailby and Miss J. Bayes were celebrated.
The Argus - 15 April 1898 On 8th April 1898 at the Old Baptist Meeting, Rushden, by the Rev. W J Tomkins,Thomas Willliam Isaac of Longsight to Elizabeth Rebecca Hankins.
Rushden Echo report 15 April 1898 On 8th April 1898 at the Old Baptist Meeting, Rushden, by the Rev. W J Tomkins, Ernest William Lack 2nd son of Mr. J J Lack, High Street, Rushden to Elizabeth (Lizzie) Willmott daughter of George of Rushden.
The Argus - 10 Jun 1898 On June 5th 1898 at the Old Baptist Meeting, Rushden by Rev. W J Tomkins, John Roe Ginns to Naomi Perkins.
Rushden Echo report 10 March 1899 On March 9th 1899 at the Old Baptist Church, Rushden. The Rev. M. E. Parkin officiated. Mr. George Leonard Shelton, of Higham Ferrers, to Miss. Frances Knight, third daughter of Mr. S. Knight, draper, of High-street, Rushden.

See also Stray Marriages pre 1900

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