This is in stark contrast to today’s opulence and Bridezillas!

Jane Austen's House Museum Blog

Today we would like to show you an item from the Museum’s collection that is not normally on show, but which is appropriate for the Museum’s theme this year which is At Home with the Austens. 

This is the marriage license of Anna Austen and Benjamin Lefroy.

Anna Austen was the daughter of James Austen and his first wife, Anne Matthews. James was Jane Austen’s eldest brother. On the 8th November 1814, Anna married Benjamin Lefroy, who was the youngest son of Jane Austen’s great friend, Mrs Lefroy and the Reverend Isaac-Peter-George Lefroy of the nearby village of Ashe. The marriage took place at St. Nicholas’ Parish Church, Steventon.

After the introduction of Lord Hardwick’s Marriage Act of 1753 (more correctly known as “An Act for the Better Preventing of Clandestine Marriage) for a marriage to be legal and valid it had to be performed in a church…

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  1. AmyFlo

    This is quite pretty. Plain and simple, but it looks so lovely.
    I just heard about a disturbing trend involving brides inserting feeding tubes to lose weight before their wedding day. When did it stop being about a marriage and more about a one-day event?

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    1. Susan Kaye Post author

      In the minds of so many, it’s just a piece of paper, AmyFlo. And I don’t mean the Visa bill.

      Divorcing the true meaning of marriage from the ceremony guarantees this sort of stuff is going to happen. Don’t worry though, it will get more outrageous before it totally collapses.

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  2. LucyParker

    It’s very sweet having a nine year old’s point of view of the wedding. We know that she wore a white dress and bonnet with a new ribband, but not what the bride wore. 🙂

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    1. Susan Kaye Post author

      I think we have to remember that when 9 year-olds report who, what, where, when, why, and how it usually has to do with them and no one else! 😉

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