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The man who sold his wife!

n sales point Emley market cross (top) today and (above) in April, 1953

IN the 19th century it was difficult - if not impossible - to get a divorce.

It was only obtainable by a personal Act of Parliament.

So one John Turton, of Emley, decided to take matters into his own hands. He sold his wife, Mary, for two half- crowns to William Kaye, of Scissett.

This buying and selling - like much of the buying and selling in Emley over the years - took place at the market cross.

Unfortunately, or fortunately, for Turton, when Kaye died his former wife returned home, where they lived together happily - or unhappily - for a further 30 years!
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Nov 21, 2005
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