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Axminster Marriage Notice Book – 1838-1856

This booklet was compiled by members of the Devon Family History Society in co-operation with the Devon Records Office. The booklet provides an extract of some information and further details may be obtained from the Devon Records Office. With the introduction of civil registration in July 1837, couples could marry in church if they so wished, but they also had the option of marrying in a licensed non-conformist chapel, with the registrar present, or in the register office. In the case of a marriage in a chapel or the register office, a notice of the couple’s intention to marry had to be displayed in the register office for three weeks prior to the wedding and the couple had to marry within three months of the notice being put up. The notices were copied up into a register to make a permanent record and objections had to be written in the register next to the relevant notice. The names of bride and groom were recorded, whether they were single or widowed, their occupation, their age and address, the length of time they had lived at that address, the place where the ceremony was to be performed and the registration district and county in which both parties lived. This notice book is for the Axminster Registration District, which covered the parishes in Devon surrounding Axminster and also included Charmouth and Lyme Regis in Dorset.


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