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Marriage fees to the registrar. 33. ... With the consent of the patron and incumbent respectively of the church of the parish or district in which may be situated any public chapel with or without a chapelry thereunto annexed, or any chapel duly licensed for the celebration of divine service according to the rites and ceremonies of the United Church of England and Ireland, or any chapel the minister whereof is duly licensed to officiate therein according to the rites and ceremonies of the United Church of England and Ireland, or without such consent after two calendar months notice in writing given by the registrar of the diocese to such patron and incumbent respectively, the bishop of the diocese may, if he shall think it necessary for the due accommodation and convenience of the inhabitants, authorize by a licence under his hand and seal the publication of banns and solemnization of marriages in any such chapel for persons residing within a district the limits whereof shall be specified in the bishop's licence, and under such provisions as to the said bishop may seem fit and as may be specified in the said licence; and the said licence shall be construed to extend to and authorize marriages in such chapels between parties one or both of whom is or are resident within the said district: Provided always, that where the parties to any marriage intended to be solemnized after publication of banns shall reside within different ecclesiastical districts, the banns for such marriage shall be published as well in the church or chapel wherein such marriage is intended to be solemnized as in the chapel licensed under the provisions of this Act for the other district within which one of the parties is resident, and if there be no such chapel then in the church or chapel in which the banns of such last-mentioned party may be legally published: Provided also, that it shall be lawful for any patron or incumbent who shall refuse or withhold consent to the grant of any such licence to deliver to the bishop, under his or her hand and seal, a statement of the reasons for which such consent shall have been so refused or withholden; and no such licence shall be granted by any bishop until he shall have inquired into the matter of such reasons; and every instrument of consent of the patron and incumbent, or, if such consent be refused or withholden, a copy of the notice under the hand of the registrar, and every statement of reasons alleged as aforesaid by the patron or incumbent, with the bishop's adjudication thereupon under his hand and seal, shall be registered in the registry of the diocese; and thenceforth and until the said licence be revoked marriages solemnized in such chapel shall be as valid to all intents and purposes as if the same had been solemnized in the parish church, or in any chapel where marriages might heretofore have been legally solemnized.
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