The Society hold a collection of around 3,000 original marriage licences from churches around London and Middlesex from 1768 –1892. Many of the Document and Special Collections also contain individual marriage licences.

Marriage licences give valuable information regarding places of origin and family members. This can be vital information given the difficulties inherent in researching London families in the years before Census and General Registration.

Each license tells its own unique story like the one featured below which shows Henry Bulley and Frances Ellen Blood, two “minors” marring each other again for the second time in February 1834. They eloped for their first marriage to Greta Green in Scotland and were perhaps then ordered by their parents to marry again ‘properly’.

 

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Some of the 26 volumes of original marriage licences.

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