no I am not confused with the age of majority, consent or licence.
My reference to my own situation in 1965 ,although over a hundred years later, is simply regarding the terminology "minor", and that the age that one was considered a minor had not changed,(so I was informed at the time) even though the legal age of marriage (with parents consent) had.
"At that date, ecclesiastical law in England defined a minor as a person under 21, as any reliable UK genealogy website or textbook will tell you."
Proof that that is correct I am unable to find. Nowhere on that link you gave does it say that a person under 21 was considered a minor. Maybe it was "assumed" that they were, because they needed consent to marry?
The only way to determine , what age actually was considered "a minor" in 1852, in this case, would be to discover the baptism or birth registration of the person in question.
I for my part prefer to agree to disagree on the subject.