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