The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 3Allen, Thomas
The Court of Faculties and Dispensations.
This court can empower any to do that which, in law, he could not otherwise do. viz. to marry without the publication of banns; to succeed a father in an ecclesiastical benefice; to hold or more benefices, incompatible, &c. This authority was given to the archbishop by the statute Henry VIII. cap. . And the chief officer of this court is called , under whom is a registrar and clerks.