Re: HOME MARRIAGES #unitedkingdom


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In a message dated 20/02/2007 13:11:19 GMT Standard Time,
henry.best1@ntlworld.com writes:

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

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

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

Harold Pollins
Oxford

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