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William Wilkinson Ann Finney
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William Wilkinson and Ann Finney Marriage

1 February 1829 - St. Mary's Church, Manchester

According to Gerard Lodge at Manchester Family History Research (who has been greatly assisting me with this project):

"There had been only one church in the parish of Manchester right through until the early part of the seventeenth century, but by the middle of this century there were several other chapels within its boundaries. These were located at Blackley, Newton, Gorton, Denton, Birch, Didsbury, Chorlton and Salford. Over the years, especially from 1800, the population of the parish ballooned, necessitating the building of many churches within the parish. As the mother church had the monopoly on fees for events such as weddings and burials, this lead to discontent amongst the wider clergy and parishioners of Manchester.

"If for instance a couple chose to marry in their local chapel or church, a fee would be payable to the church and to Manchester Parish Church, so most people just came straight the Collegiate Church. In the early part of the nineteenth century, on holidays such as Whit Monday, dozens and dozens of people got married. A chapter in the book The Manchester Man deals with this subject and tells of ten or twenty couples being married at the same time amongst scenes of utter chaos.

"This monopoly of the fees was a major factor in the life of Joshua Brookes. He was the most prolific hatcher, matcher and dispatcher in the country. In other words he performed more marriages, baptisms and burial services than any other cleric before or since. So marrying at the Collegiate Church or as it was later, the Cathedral was not any sign of high rank or wealth. In fact the opposite may have been true with many rich and affluent couples getting married at churches such as St Thomas's, Ardwick. More often that not they married by Licence which was more expensive than marrying after Banns, so the double fees were rather hefty."

See: http://www.uksearch2003.co.uk/page3.htm


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