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This article studies 69 rural parishes in eight English counties, examining changes in geographical marital endogamy. It discovers a consistent upward trend in the proportions of marriages that were parochially endogamous, coupled with a decline in so -called ‘foreign’ marriages following Hardwickes’s Act (1753), and a striking shift towards marriages taking place in the brides’ parishes. It explores regional variability in parochial endogamy and stresses the role of settlement sizes. The explanation for rising endogamy highlights factors such as population growth, rising poor relief expenditures, and attitudes resistant to ‘outsiders’ during a period of precarious subsistence and associated tensions.