There are over 14,000 transcripts in this record set. While the amount of available information varies, most transcripts include the following:
Bride’s first and last name
Whether the bride’s signature was provided
Groom’s first and last name
Whether the groom’s signature was provided
How they were married
These records were provided by Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society, which was established in 1964. The society focuses its research on the Greater Manchester area.
The place of record for these marriages is the parish church of St Mary’s in Prestwich.
How married—by banns or license
When available, these records detail whether a couple was married by banns or license.
Banns were announcements made in the church on three consecutive Sundays prior to the wedding date. The announcements were made to give the congregation an opportunity to voice any objection to the marriage.
However, a marriage license could be obtained for a fee if a couple wished to waive the customary reading of the banns. There are several reasons why a couple might want to do so, such as the need to expedite the wedding date. Along with a marriage license fee, the couples were required to sign a declaration stating that there were no lawful impediments to their marriage.
These records were sourced from Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society.