The Churchwardens of Hingham v. The Churchwardens of Snettisham, 1713
This chapter presents a case study on forced marriage by the parish in England, focusing on the case Churchwardens of Hingham v. Churchwardens of Snettisham which was filed in 1713. This case involved mentally retarded Margaret Cooper and an idle fellow Edward Buck, who were supported financially by the Snettisham and the Hingham parishes, respectively. The churchwardens of Hingham claimed that Edward was forced to marry Margaret in order to transfer to them the financial responsibility for the couple.
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