Re: HOME MARRIAGES #unitedkingdom


In a message dated 20/02/2007 13:11:19 GMT Standard Time, writes:

The above would indicate that it was more likely that wealthier people (with
bigger homes) would have marriages at home than poorer people.

We can test this by an examination of the Sephardi marriages, in Bevis Marks
Records, Part III, which list marriages >from 1837 to 1901.
Take a couple of pages at random:

pp. 50-1, 1849-50:
11 weddings, 4 working class, all married in private houses (in the house of
the bride or the groom). ! dentist married in Bristol in the bride's house;
1 'gentleman' married in the bride's house; l Sheriff's Officer married in
the bride's house; 1 merchant married in the bride's house; 1 Artifical Flower
Importer married in a private house; 1 Translator of Languages married in
the bride's house; 1 cigar manfacturer married in the bride's house.

pp. 112-3, 1866-7:
11 weddings, 9 were working class and 8 were married in private houses (4 in
the house of the bride o groom); the ninth was married in Zetland Hall,
Mansell Street, a well-known East End venue.1 fruit merchant was married in
Queen's Concert Rooms, Hanover Square; and 1 merchant married in Werst Hall,

On other pages others, both working- and middle-class, were married in the

A small sample but enough to cast doubt on the generalisation that only the
rich were married at home.

Harold Pollins

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