I have just completed the research for my latest talk on ‘The History of Weddings’. As I am sure that many of you will know, the paperwork has changed a fair bit over the years. Prior to the introduction of proper marriage registers, the local vicars could add as much (or little) detail as they liked. I am particularly taken by the mad old Vicar of Seasalter, who was very forthright in his description of two of his parishioners who chose to marry in 1744. The groom was described as a ‘young gape-mouthed lazy fellow’ whilst the bride was ‘an old toothless wriggling hagg’. Hopefully John Housden and Hannah Matthews were illiterate and never knew what had been written about them on their wedding day.