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Thus far to Lichfield

Postby woodchal » Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:08 pm

Any idea what the last line means - "Thus far to Lichfield".

It is attached to a few entries on the page, so isn't specific to this marriage. The image comes from marriages in Kirk Ireton, Derbyshire, so Lichfield isn't that close.

My guess is that entries had been copied to Bishop in Lichfield up until this point in the register, but I just thought I would see if here were any other ideas.
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Re: Thus far to Lichfield

Postby AdrianB38 » Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:26 pm

I am slightly puzzled if it's attached to more than one entry on the page - if you were copying the Register for the Bishop's Transcript, why would you mark up anything other than the last one copied? Unless, of course, the clerk had several goes at this page.

And it's by banns so it's not like there's anything odd to be sent off other than the BTs.

But certainly, my initial thought was also that it referred to the copying of stuff for the Bihsop's Transcripts, Kirk Ireton being in Lichfield Diocese.
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Re: Thus far to Lichfield

Postby Sylcec » Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:18 pm

Maybe the Parish Clerk was particularly diligent and updated his record of BTs every time a marriage was conducted on a new date ... so the comment became an aide memoire for himself and a "what a good boy am I" statement for anyone else seeing it.
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Re: Thus far to Lichfield

Postby ianbee » Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:30 pm

AdrianB38 wrote:I am slightly puzzled if it's attached to more than one entry on the page

Perhaps the person who asked the question might have noted the dates of the said entries, and whether there were ever more than one annotated in the same year.
They should also have looked at the baptism and burial registers.
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Re: Thus far to Lichfield

Postby sdup26 » Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:47 pm

Did the curate have to travel around the diocese to carry out his duties? Maybe he was having an occupational 'whinge' by commenting on how far it was from Lichfield to Kirk Ireton.
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Re: Thus far to Lichfield

Postby ianbee » Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:01 pm

The baptism and burial registers have the same phrase written after the last entry in the year.
As to the marriage register, the "page" doesn't mean so much if there were only one or two marriages being performed in a year.
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Re: Thus far to Lichfield

Postby AdrianB38 » Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:15 pm

Ah - so the phrase *is* used annually, once the entries have been copied and sent to Lichfield.

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