Photocopies of Lists of Lambeth Palace Marriage Licences

Scope and Content

Photocopies of lists of marriage licences issued by the Faculty Office, 1707-1955, and the Vicar-General of the Archbishop of Canterbury, 1694-1921, with an index of marriage licences issued by officials of Canterbury peculiars, 1684-1859.

Administrative / Biographical History

Lambeth Palace Library holds the records of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Archbishop of Canterbury is one of the authorities for issuing marriage licences for England and Wales.

Conditions Governing Access

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see

Acquisition Information

The photocopies were given to Bodleian Library by the Lambeth Palace Librarian in 1964.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

A full description is available in the Library.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be made only with the permission of Lambeth Palace Library.


Calendar of Marriage Licences issued by the Faculty Office, 1632-1714, ed. G.E. Cokayne and E.A. Fry, British Record Soc., vol. XXXIII, 1905.

A calendar of the Vicar-General's marriage allegations, 1660-1694, by G.J. Armytage is printed in Harleian Society, vols. 30-31, 33-34, 1890-2. There is a typewritten index of the allegations for 1695-99 prepared for the Society of Genealogists by W.P. Haskett-Smith of which a photocopy is Bodleian R.2.256/31*.

Additional Information

The originals are located in Lambeth Palace Library.

Corporate Names