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Fleet Marriages

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Clandestine marriages, at one time performed without banns or licence by needy chaplains, in Fleet Prison, London. As many as thirty marriages a day were sometimes celebrated in this disgraceful manner; and Malcolm tells us that 2,954 were registered in the four months ending with February 12th, 1705. Suppressed by the Marriage Act in 1754. (See Chaplain of the Fleet, by Besant and Rice.)

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Flea-bite
Flea’s Jump
Fleance
Flèche
Flecknoe (Richard)
Fledgeby
Flee the Falcon (To)
Fleeced
Fleet Book Evidence
Fleet Marriages
Fleet Street (London)
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Flemish School
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Fleshed
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Fleet Marriages