Gretna Green, Sark Bridge c.1955

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Caption for Gretna Green, Sark Bridge C1955: Gretna stands on the Scottish/English border, and so it became popular for runaway marriages of English couples following the passage of Lord Hardwicke's act in 1754. The act abolished irregular marriages in England but not Scotland. Once across the bridge, runaways from England could be married very quickly in accordance with 18th-century Scots law, which required neither banns nor a licence.

An extract from Scotland Photographic Memories.

Memories of Gretna Green


My memory doesn't go back that far as I was born in 1952 but I have a special reason for seeking anyone who knows this person and would be glad to hear from anyone who can tell me anything about him. His birth certificate says that he was born at The Old Toll Bar , Sarkbridge on 27.01.1932. Many thanks, Heather Trevorrow.

We got married here in September 2008, I had been looking at pictures on the internet for months and when we arrived, it was like driving into one of them.  Gretna Green has a feeling about it, it's very small and there's not a lot to do apart from get married, but it just felt lovely being there, it's a very (...Read full memory)

More about this scene


Caption for Gretna Green, Sark Bridge C1955: Gretna stands on the Scottish/English border, and so it became popular for runaway marriages of English couples following the passage of Lord Hardwicke's act in 1754. The act abolished irregular marriages in England but not Scotland. Once across the bridge, runaways from England could be married very quickly in accordance with 18th-century Scots law, which required neither banns nor a licence.

An extract from Scotland Photographic Memories.

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