Marriage in the 1950s and 60s | From wedding vows to happily ever after?
CHANNEL | BBC Television Service
FIRST BROADCAST | 14 May 1957
DURATION | 1 minutes 48 seconds
The existence of a Scottish law that permits marriage at the age of 16 without parental consent has resulted in an influx of English teenagers crossing the border to get married. However, couples need to have lived in Scotland for a minimum of 15 days to qualify, causing English couples to live together before marriage, thus 'endangering their morals'. Derek Hart reports for the current-affairs programme.
In 1754, a change in English marriage law resulted in more couples travelling north from England to marry at Gretna Green. There, a couple were usually married by the blacksmith, although any person could adopt the task, while the ceremony might take place in the local tollhouse, inn or hall. Today, many weddings are still carried out in the Old Blacksmith's Shop (known as the 'Old Smithy') in Gretna Green.
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A white wedding and a honeymoon or a house deposit?
When does spinsterhood start?
Teenage runaways head for Gretna Green.
How do women spend their housekeeping?
A 'day in the life' of three married couples.
Teenagers' views on sex and marriage.
Will changing the divorce law make Britain more 'divorce minded'?
The social changes affecting marriage in post-war UK life.
The good, the bad and the purpose of marriage in the 1960s.
Is marriage out of date or does it still have relevance in modern society?
The movers and shakers of 1965 on women and marriage.
Why are modern couples rejecting traditional values?
How children have altered the lives of young married couples.
Some of the reasons for the breakdown of marriage are explored.
Life after divorce in the 1960s.
An invitation to the wedding of Norma and Barry - and Diana and Tim.
Why are white shirts and shiny floors the sign of a good woman?
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