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NORFOLK MARRIAGE LICENCES

 

Norwich Consistory Court
 
The county of Suffolk was wholly within the Diocese of Norfolk until 1837 so MLs could be issued by the Bishop’s Consistory Court for Suffolk as well as Norfolk.

The existence of a marriage bond or allegation does not prove that the couple actually married as planned. The wedding may have been called off, or the license may have been accepted at a different church from the one(s) specified.

Most bonds and allegations for the Norwich Consistory Court survive from 1557 as listed in Gibson and are held at Norwich RO.  There are card indexes to bonds 1476-1722 (with gaps), lists 1476-1733, indexes 1731-1751 and incomplete indexes 1712-1739 at Norfolk Record Office but the only printed index is the one by Rye 1563-88 below.

Index to marriage licences [of the] Consistory [Court of] Norwich 1563-1588 from a MS in the Public Library, Norwich [Typescript.] Published 1926 Author Rye, Walter (comp.) [LDS Film 477642] Searched. No Sterrys located.

Archdeacon of Norwich

See Phillimore’s Atlas and Index of Parish Registers for parishes included.

Marriage bonds are held at Norfolk RO 1590-1609, 1624-1626, 1632-1637, 1660-1681, 1712-1863, 1873-1915. No published index before 1813. [Gibson] See below.

Norwich Archdeaconry Marriage Licence Bonds 1813-1837 (NFHS Vol 23)  SearchedNo Sterrys found.

Norwich Archdeaconry Marriage Licence Bonds 1660-1854 are searchable online [browse only – no indexes found] at Family Search. Not searched.

Archdeacon of Norfolk

See Phillimore’s Atlas and Index of Parish Registers for parishes included.

Gibson states that records are available at Norwich RO for 1541-1602, 1673-1886 [with gaps]     also list of lost bonds 1663-1690.

Family Search has browseable records online from 1715-1886. Some indexes: 1735-1742. Indexes only searched. No Sterrys.

Peculiar of Dean and Chapter of Norwich and Peculiar of Great Cressingham

See Phillimore’s Atlas and Index of Parish Registers for parishes included.

Bonds for Dean and Chapter 1705-1860 and Peculiar of Great Cressingham 1719-1760 at Norfolk RO. [Gibson]

Index of Marriage Licence Bonds 1624-1860 (NFHS Vol 16) searched. One Sterry located.

25 Jan 1819 Sterry William Bristow s 21 Lak sailmaker Dunnell Louisa s 21 Lak B Robert Bullard; Lak, merchant [Note married at Lakenham which was in Dean and Chapter of Norwich] See Full version of Marriage Bond and Allegation.

Dean and Chapter bonds have been filmed by the LDS are online from 1725-1847. There appears to be an index within year band: 1725-1730; possibly others. Index only searched. No Sterrys.