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Ancestry.com. London, England, Marriage Licences, 1521-1869 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008.
Original data: Joseph Foster, ed. London Marriage Licences 1521-1869. London: Bernard Quaritch, 1887. Cinderford, Gloucestershire, England: Archive CD Books, 2000. www.archivecdbooks.com.

About London, England, Marriage Licences, 1521-1869

This database contains abstracts of marriage licences granted in the Dioceses of London, Westminster and Canterbury from 1521 to 1869. an abstract is not a complete transcription of the original record, but it almost always contains all the essential informtion within it. The records in the database are for licences granted in a particular diocese, but they include details of marriage licences granted to people all over the UK. In one instance a couple, one from Herefordshire the other from Gloucestershire, were issued with a licence in London to marry in a parish church in Monmouthshire, Wales.

Specifically the records come from the following offices and cover the following years:

  • Bishop of London’s Office (1521-1828)

  • Dean and Chapter of Westminster’s Office (1599-1699)

  • Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury (1543-1869)

  • Vicar General’s Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury (1660-1679)

Entries are arranged alphabetically according to the groom’s surname. The amount of information that may be listed for a couple will vary from record to record. However, the type of information you may see in regards to the bride and groom includes:

  • Name

  • Residence

  • Age

  • Father’s name

  • Occupation of the groom and sometimes one or both fathers

  • Date (of the lcence, not necessarily the date of marriage)

  • Office

Abbreviations used:

B. Bishop of London’s Office
D. Dean and Chapter of Westminster
F. Faculty Office of Archbishop of Canterbury
V. Registry of the Vicar-General of Canterbury
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