Fonds ANF 12 - Archdeaconry of Norfolk: Marriage Licence Bonds and Affidavits

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ANF 12


Archdeaconry of Norfolk: Marriage Licence Bonds and Affidavits


  • 1670-1886 (Creation)

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112 files and bundles, 1 paper

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In the Diocese of Norwich. Until 1894 the Archdeaconry of Norfolk comprised the Deaneries of Brooke, Cranwich, Depwade, Fincham, Heacham, Hingham, Humbleyard, Redenhall, Repps, Rockland and Waxham. In 1894 the boundaries were redrawn and the Archdeaconry of Lynn was created, the Archdeaconry of Norfolk thereafter comprised the Deaneries of Brooke, Depwade, Hingham, Humbleyard, Loddon, Redenhall and Rockland. Lothingland was added in 1914.

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Years 1670, 1704-1886 only. From 1823 affidavits (also called allegations) only. Filed according to the date at which they were returned to the Archdeacon, not the date issued. The bonds and affidavits are in files, many of them now broken, until 1798 and they are thereafter in bundles. Contemporary indexes of persons for 1704-1785 and other individual years survive with some bundles. New style dates given in catalogue.

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The following numbers were not used/missing on transfer: ANF 12/2/25, 30, 46, 133, 161; ANF 12/3; ANF 12/4/83-88, 110-114, 136-138, 251; ANF 12/5/51-52, 223; ANF 12/6/27, 486; ANF 12/7/258-316, 325, 338, 340-397, 448, 483-488, 500; ANF 8/74-78, 397-398; ANF 12/9/7, 36, 46, 84, 88, 90, 101, 133, 216, 255, 297, 378; ANF 12/10/283; ANF12/13/280-282, 295; ANF 12/14/25, 189, 201, ANF 12/20/188, ANF 12/21/25, 289, ANF 12/22/125, 266; ANF 12/23/277; ANF 12/25/122; ANF 12/28/1-2; ANF 12/49/100 and ANF 12/85/45.

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Indexed for this catalogue by Norfolk Record Office volunteers. Other indexes: 1715-1734, compiled by Tim Hawes, volume available in NRO searchroom; Peter Green, 'Norfolk Archdeaconry Marriage Licence Bonds, 1813-1837', in Norfolk Genealogy [covers ANF 12/51-ANF 12/75 inclusive].

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All available on microfiche.

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Grants of letters of matrimony were entered in the Norfolk Archdeaconry administration act books: 1541-1601/2 indexed (on microfilm MF 500); 1670-1672/3 (ANF 11/1, on microfilm MF/X 186); and 1673-1675/6 (ANF 11/2, on MF/X 186).

Administration act book, 1691-1819, with register of marriage licences issued 1689-1694, see ACC 28/3/1984.

For a 20th century manuscript list of bonds (originals no longer survive), 1663-1690, see BOL 3/27, 740X8.

Bonds found with administration bonds: 1672 (two only), 1676-1679, on microfilm MF/RO 495/1; 1683-1684/85 on microfilms MF 273-274; and 1685 on microfilms MF 274-275.

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