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    Default Wedding in school room, Pinchbeck, 1863.

    On December 25th 1863, my great grandfather ... George Edward Storr of Spalding ... got married in the school room in Pinchbeck. This seems a bit odd. Can anyone help shed some light on this please? Was it common to get wed on Christmas Day? Why the school room and not in church?

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    From Morris' Directory of 1863 - "The church, dedicated to St Mary, has a tower and five bells and is now undergoing a complete restoration".

    It was not uncommon to marry on Christmas Day.

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    Many people got married on Christmas Day as it was sometimes the only day they were guaranteed to not be working.

    I know that services were held in St Thomas' school in Skirbeck Quarter before the church was built. Obviously, the church at Pinchbeck was in existence at that time, but was it undergoing repairs, and so they had to use somewhere else?
    Was the marriage a CofE marriage. or a non-conformist one?

    Forget half of those questions. The PR says 'in the schoolroom licensed for divine service' not just on George's entry but also lots of others. The entry for 23 August 1863 actually says 'licensed during the restoration of the church'. Images available on FMP in the Lincolnshire, parish registers browse, 1538-1911 dataset.

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    Peter and Pam. Thank you both for solving this puzzle. Long may you waffle Pam.

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    I understood that if you got married on Christmas Day then you did not have to pay anything!

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    That seems to be entirely in character with George.

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