The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 3
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.