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    london clandestine marriages

    is it possible to figure out where a marriage took place in the "london clandestine marriages" collection on ancestry?

    the marriage was the 7 aug 1753 of robert spurling to sarah small.

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    according to Ancestry and National archives may were done at Fleet prison
    "Prisons like the Fleet and the King’s Bench Prison became popular destinations for couples interested in quick, no-questions-asked nuptials because of the number of clerics imprisoned for debt who had nothing to lose and welcomed the income. Many of them lived in the “Rules” or “Liberties,” which were areas around the prison where prisoners could pay for the privilege of living outside the gates."

    https://www.ancestry.co.uk/search/co...etmarriagebap/

    if you go to the first image it says of that set it says Fleet prison, I am assuming each set is a different register.
    Carolyn

    Researching:Luggs, Freeman - Cornwall; Dayman, Hobbs, Heard - Devon
    Wilson, Miles - Northants; Brett, Everett, Clark, Allum - Herts/Essex
    Plant, Skinner - Lincs ....all moved to London
    Also interested in Proctor, Woodruff

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    Not sure if this is any help but I have the marriage of Joseph Harrison and Rebecca Scarborough married at Fleet London.

    Someone else who was related to them found it on BMDregisters.co.uk.

    I have the transcriptions and the original registers. Their marriage took place in 1754.

    Hope it will help you
    Lin

    Searching Lowe, Everitt, Hurt and Dunns in Nottingham

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    do you have this

    Robert
    Last name Spurling
    Name note -
    Marriage year 1753
    Marriage date 07 Aug 1753
    Marriage place Westminster
    Spouse's first name(s) Sarah
    Spouse's last name Small
    Residence Westminster, Middlesex, England
    County Middlesex
    Country England
    Record set England Marriages 1538-1973

    Val

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    According to the BMD registers the marriage is recorded twice:

    RG7/258 Folio 117 "Marriages and Baptisms from the Fleet Registers performed according to the Rules of the Fleet, London from 1751 to 1753 by Ministers Tarrant & Symson" and again in

    RG7/142 “Marriages and Baptisms from Barrett's Register of the Fleet Registers performed according to the Rules of the Fleet, London from 1734 to 1738 and for 1753, by Ministers Tarrant, Patterson, Dare, Sindrey & Deveneu”

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    Thank you all. I had wondered if it was fleet st. I just couldn't find the name! It's not in the index.

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    But fmp has them too, and their index says it's fleet st.

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    They could have lived anywhere and the prison was just like 'gretna green' - I had no idea that such things existed! Always learning.
    Carolyn

    Researching:Luggs, Freeman - Cornwall; Dayman, Hobbs, Heard - Devon
    Wilson, Miles - Northants; Brett, Everett, Clark, Allum - Herts/Essex
    Plant, Skinner - Lincs ....all moved to London
    Also interested in Proctor, Woodruff

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