Welcome to The Briercliffe Society Forum

The forum is free to join and you do not need to be a member of the society. You will receive an email to activate your account before you will be able to log in. Please check spam filters and junk mail folders for this email.
It is currently Mon Oct 23, 2017 7:12 am

All times are UTC [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 1 post ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Selling A Wife.
PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 3:39 pm 
Librarian
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jan 22, 2008 6:08 pm
Posts: 1121
From time to time cases in the police court show that there is still a belief, especially amongst colliers, that a man may legally sell his wife.
Formerly the error was widespread amongst the lower classes in Lancashire, it being thought to be a purely legal transaction if the wife was taken to the place of sale with a halter round her neck, and the buyer was given receipt by the husband for the money paid.
Quite late in the nineteenth century a man pleaded in a Lancashire county court that he was not liable for his wife's debts as he had sold her to another man for half-a-crown long before the debts in question were contracted, and had given a receipt for the money!

Stories and Tales of Old Lancashire by Cliff Hayes.


Stephanie.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 1 post ] 

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
cron
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group