Towards the end of the 19th century it seems the Irish MPs took glee in mocking the English for wife selling, but I am guessing this went on for a long time. This is from the Belfast Commercial Chronicle May 1837. Somehow it is really evocative:
R.B Cooper, one of he magistrates for the county of Gloucester, taking his seat on the bench at Cheltenham on Monday. He admitted that his dining room chimney had caught fire from not having been swept and that in consequence, fined himself 1/2 crown which he handed to the clerk.