My parents' marriage certificate
Stamps were not always used solely for the payment of postage. Legal documents were often stamped. It was a legal requirement that any bill over £2 had to be certified as paid by the addition of a 2d stamp. Anyone who gave a receipt for an amount of £2 or more without a stamp would be liable to a fine of £10. Marriage and birth certificates were aso stamped but cost less than £2 and so carried a 1d stamp. Stamp duties had been extant from the 17th century but this particular stamp duty was abolished in 1971.
My maternal grandparents' marriage certificate 1896
My paternal grandparents were married in 1898 but this copy of their certificate was issued in February 1915. My paternal grandfather died when his ship, HMS Bulwark, blew up and sank off Sheerness, Kent. Interestingly the stamp has been affixed on its side.
My mother always referred to her marriage certificate as her 'marriage lines' and kept it in an envelope labelled thus along with her parents' and her in-laws' certificates after their deaths.
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