Greek Marriages Act 1884

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1884 c. 20


Greek Marriages Act, 1884.

(47 & 48 Vict.) CHAPTER 20.

An Act to remove Doubts as to the Validity of certain Marriages of Members of the Greek Church in England.

[3rd July 1884]

W HEREAS it is alleged that certain marriages have been from time to time, between the years one thousand eight hundred and thirty-six and one thousand eight hundred and fifty-seven, solemnized between members of the Greek Church in the Greek Chapel then situate at 9, Finsbury Circus, in the City of London, and afterwards, within the said period, at London Wall, in the said City:

And that similar marriages have been from time to time, within the said period, solemnized at the residences of members of the said Church:

And that such marriages were respectively solemnized in conformity with the rights and ceremonies of the Greek Church by a priest of that Church, and entries of the said respective marriages so solemnized have from time to time been made in the register book kept for that purpose at the said chapels respectively, or otherwise, in the custody of the said priest:

And that the said marriages were respectively solemnized in the belief that the aforesaid conformity to and compliance with the rites and ceremonies of the Greek Church constituted a compliance with the law of England:

And whereas objections may be made to the validity of such marriages, by reason of the same not having been solemnized in any consecrated or licensed church or chapel of the Church of England, or in any registered building, or at the office of the Registrar, and not having been solemnized after due publication of banns, or under licence or special licence, or in the presence of a Clerk in Holy Orders of the Church of England, or a Registrar of marriages, and it is expedient to confirm, in the manner and subject to the proviso herein-after mentioned, any marriage which may have been contracted in the manner and under the circumstances aforesaid, notwithstanding all or any of the aforesaid defects:

Be it therefore enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

S-1 Certain marriages at chapels in Finsbury Circus and London Wall, or at residence of members of Greek Church, to be valid.

1 Certain marriages at chapels in Finsbury Circus and London Wall, or at residence of members of Greek...

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