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A Very Special Wedding

1711

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The local church registers record all of the special births, marriages and deaths in Peterborough. One marriage stands out more than the others. On 7th July 1711 the cathedral register states: 'John Sherwood a negro 3 foot high and Margaret Steward 2 foot and a half marry'd.' Not only is this likely to be Peterborough's first recorded mixed-race wedding, but possibly the first marriage of two little people. No other records have been discovered relating to John and Margaret, so it is possible that they did not remain in the city. It is possible that John was, or had been, a slave, slavery not being abolished until 1833. Let's hope the marriage was a long and happy one.