Beeston Marriage Licences (1754-1770)
Historically, by far the majority of marriages took place after the calling of Banns in church, but a minority followed the obtaining of a Licence from the Diocesan consistory court. This
was a relatively expensive option so it tended to be used by the more wealthy families, for reasons of relative privacy or as a statement of financial status. The option was also used where
there was some urgency for the marriage ceremony to take place.
Whilst it is unusual for the actual Licence to survive, the other documentation completed during the application was retained by the issuing church authority and usually survives
in the corresponding modern-day repository. These documents usually include a sworn 'Allegation' - stating that there was no lawful impediment to the marriage - and a 'Bond' - made by
two persons, agreeing to pay a very substantial sum if the marriage was proved to be invalid. These documents often provide additional details, not included typically in the marriage
registers prior to 1837 - including ages, abode, occupations and relationship to bondsmen - which can provide vital confirmation as to identity. However, it should be noted that one
of the bondsmen tended to be the groom himself.
These Beeston licences are from those issued by the Archdeaconary Court of Nottingham which, for the period shown, were transcribed and appeared in the Thoroton Society, Record Series, Volume X. This
is now available at www.archive.org/stream/recordseries10thoruoft/recordseries10thoruoft_djvu.txt.
The original documents, from the years 1594 to 1884, are now held as part of the Manuscripts and Special Collections at Nottingham University.
|26||Jul||1754||William Barker, parish of St Nicholas, Nottingham, cordwainer, 23, bachelor||Elizabeth Cox, parish of Beeston, 22, spinster||St Nicholas, Nottingham||Robert Cox, parish of St Mary, Nottingham, hosier, was bond||.|
|13||Sep||1754||John Slack, parish of Trowell, f.w.k., 27, bachelor||Ann Hopewell, parish of Beeston, 23, spinster||Beeston||.|
|18||Apr||1757||Joshua Robinson, parish of St Peter, Nottingham, f.w.k., 30, bachelor||Sarah Levis, parish of Beeston, 22, spinster||St Mary, Nottingham||.|
|25||May||1757||George Fowler, of Nottingham, saddler, 25, bachelor||Sarah Cox, parish of Beeston, 21, spinster||St Mary, Nottingham||.|
|12||Nov||1757||Henry Cox, parish of Beeston, farmer, 50, widower||Mary Henson, of same, 35, widow||Beeston||.|
|18||Apr||1758||William Wilkinson, parish of Beeston, farmer, 40, widower||Elizabeth Martin, parish of Lenton, 30, widow||Lenton||.|
|4||Oct||1758||John Stevenson, parish of Barton, farmer, 38, bachelor||Jane Strey, parish of Beeston, 24, spinster||Barton or Beeston||.|
|30||Oct||1762||Joseph Cross, parish of West Leake, farmer, 25, bachelor||Elizabeth Burrow, parish of East Leake, 24, spinster||Beeston||Edward Cross, of Beeston, farmer, is bond||.|
|1||Aug||1763||Francis Ward, parish of Beeston, f.w.k., 22, bachelor||Christian Parkinson, of same, 20, spinster||Beeston||William Parkinson, joiner, of Beeston is bond; and, as father of Christian, consents to her intended marriage||.|
|27||Feb||1765||Timothy Wylde, parish of St Mary’s Nottingham, clerk, 50, bachelor||Ann Hill, of same, 25, spinster||St Mary, Nottingham||John Abbey, parish of St Peter, Nottingham, dealer in tea, is bond). This marriage is recorded in St Mary’s register as taking place on 7th March. Timothy Wyld was vicar of Beeston and master of the Free Grammar School of Nottingham, and his burial is recorded in St Peter’s register on 30 Jan 1799||.|
|10||Jan||1768||William Bamford, parish of Beeston, f.w.k., 22, bachelor||Martha Barnes, of same, 28, widow||Beeston||.|
|24||Nov||1768||William Bamford, parish of Beeston, f.w.k., 23, widow||Margaret Harrison, of same, 21, spinster||Beston (Beeston)||.|
|11||Feb||1769||Samuel Morley, parish of Calverton, f.w.k., 30, bachelor||Mary Barker, parish of Beeston, 22, spinster||Beeston||John Barker, of Beeston, blacksmith, is bond||.|
|28||Oct||1769||James Borebank, parish of Beeston, butcher, 25, bachelor||Mary Cook of Dale Abbey, co Derby, spinster||.|
This extract kindly compiled by Trish Symonds of New South Wales, Australia
Format is Copyright David H Hallam © 2012.
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