- Dec 13, 2014
- Near Skinners Bottom
via "Atlas Obscura"
When Divorce Was Off the Table, English Couples Dissolved Their Marriages With Beer
ON JUNE 2, 1828, INSIDE the George and Dragon pub in Tonbridge, England, John Savage paid George Skinner one shilling and a pot of beer for his wife, Mary. George ordered his beer, and John left with Mary. The pair held hands as they went to start their new life together.
This wasn’t an unusual scene. Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, English wives were “sold” for a variety of payments. Prices varied—“as low as a bullpup and a quarter of rum” all the way to “forty [British] pounds and a supper,” the North-Eastern Daily Gazette reported in 1887.
An interesting article