Lambeth Palace Library holds the records of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Archbishop of Canterbury is one of the authorities for issuing marriage licences for England and Wales.
Photocopies of lists of marriage licences issued by the Faculty Office, 1707-1955, and the Vicar-General of the Archbishop of Canterbury, 1694-1921, with an index of marriage licences issued by officials of Canterbury peculiars, 1684-1859.
The photocopies were given to Bodleian Library by the Lambeth Palace Librarian in 1964.Access Conditions
Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/services/admissions/).Reproduction Restrictions
Copies may be made only with the permission of Lambeth Palace Library.Existence/Location of Originals
The originals are located in Lambeth Palace Library.
A full description is available in the Library.Publication Note
Calendar of Marriage Licences issued by the Faculty Office, 1632-1714, ed. G.E. Cokayne and E.A. Fry, British Record Soc., vol. XXXIII, 1905.
A calendar of the Vicar-General's marriage allegations, 1660-1694, by G.J. Armytage is printed in Harleian Society, vols. 30-31, 33-34, 1890-2. There is a typewritten index of the allegations for 1695-99 prepared for the Society of Genealogists by W.P. Haskett-Smith of which a photocopy is Bodleian R.2.256/31*.
Marriage licences | Great Britain
Marriage licences | Great Britain | Indexes
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