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From: "La Greenall" <>
Subject: RE: [Ess] Of this parish
Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2005 15:15:11 +0100
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An old, not uncommon custom, was simply to leave a full suitcase in a
rented room in the parish for three weeks prior to a wedding; this was
just about enough to qualify as being 'of the parish' without even
spending one night in it! The way round the system today is to spend a
few thousand dooblies on a false wedding.

Another aspect of 'being of the parish' touches upon the recent postings
on settlement examinations as well; once the parish authorities had
formally accepted someone from another parish into their own fold, as
usually decided in a settlement examination and formally recorded in a
settlement certificate, then that person became 'of this parish'. Of
course, there were at least as many 'removal orders' made, where the
'invading foreigner' was booted out! Sounds a bit like the EU, where
some of the more affluent member-countries don't like the old Eastern
Bloc countries signing up, for fear of their purses developing unwanted

Though the term 'of this parish' obviously has strong historic or
ancestral overtones (settlement often depended on an inherited right for
example, such as one's parent(s) or spouse having come from the parish)
it was in fact specifically a legal term, and any ancestral inferences
might well prove to be unfounded.


-----Original Message-----
From: Anne Peat [mailto:]
Sent: 13 June 2005 13:46
Subject: Re: [Ess] Of this parish

"Of this parish' simply means they met the residence qualification to
be married in the parish church - i.e. that they had lived in the
parish long enough to have the banns called for 3 Sundays previous to
the marriage. Sometimes you also get 'sojourner' added to 'of this
parish' which means they did not have a permanent home in the parish,
but they had lived there for long enough to qualify to be married in
the parish church.

Although, since many people didn't move too far away from where they
were born, they might also have been baptised in the parish, it wasn't
a qualification for marrying there.
I don't know enough about the poor relief qualifications to answer the
other point,
but this may be what you are thinking of ( on The Pre-1834 Poor Laws)
> • It rationalised local practises through, for example,
the 1662
> Settlement Laws. These laws were based on the recognised practice of
> returning paupers to the parish of their birth. Subsequent laws were
> variations on this theme. Residence of a year and a day was required
> for a person to qualify for relief.


On 13 Jun 2005, at 13:16, Max McCready wrote:

> Good Evening,
> I obviously don't understand the meaning of the expression "of this
> parish" in Banns and Marriages.
> My appreciation was that the person had been baptised in and resided
> in the Parish.
> My understanding was that these were also the qualifications for
> receiving assistance from the Parish.
> I have a lady married in Finchingfield, said to be 'of this parish',
> but there is no family representation whatsoever in baptisms,
> marriages (save for her) or burials.
> Any advice would be appreciated.
> Max McCready

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