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One Hundred Years Ago - Religion - Weddings

To give an impression of what life was like in Clophill one hundred years ago sources from 1911 have been transcribed and interpreted.

"On Tuesday a wedding party arrived at the Church but no clergyman turned up to perform the ceremony.

"On Wednesday morning a very pretty wedding was celebrated in the Parish Church by the Rev. T. Collisson, Rector of Gravenhurst. The contracting parties were Miss Lillian Whittamore, eldest daughter of Mr. James Whittamore of Clophill and Mr. James Drage, of Hatton, Warwickshire. The bride, who was given away by her father, was attired in a cream silk dress with hat to match. She was attended by her sister, Miss Florrie Whittamore, and Miss P. Drage, sister of the bridegroom. They were attired in navy blue costumes with white colours and large black hats, trimmed with small roses. Mr. J. George Whittamore proved an efficient best man. Later in the day the happy pair left for Hatton, Warwickshire, where they will stay until the 23rd, when they leave for Canada."

Saturday, March 18th. 1911. Ampthill News"

"Marriage of the Rev. C. L. Matthews

A wedding of considerable local interest was celebrated on 26th ult. At All Saints' Church, Hereford, by the Revs. R. A. Treherne (Vicar of Wooburn, Bucks.) The bride was Miss Ennis Beddoe, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Beddoe, of Hereford; and the bridegroom, the Rev. Cecil Lloyd Matthews, only son of the late Rev. William Matthews (Vicar of Aberystwyth), and Mrs. Matthews, S. Davids, Bourne End. Mr. Matthews, during his Church work at Bourne End, has rendered much useful work at local concerts, being a talented 'cello player; and for the Bourne End regatta his services as umpire and judge have been valuable. Chiefly instrumental in inaugurating the "Nihil" Boat Club, Mr. Matthews, a few days prior to his marriage had the satisfaction of being in the winning boat, which carried off the Bourne End Grand Challenge Bowl for the third year in succession, - "Nihil" having never been beaten. All his friends in the neighborhood of Bourne End offer to Mr. Matthews their warmest congratulations on his preferment to the Rectory of Clophill, and wish him and his bride long life and happiness. The bride, given away by her father, looked charming in an ivory "Liberty" satin underskirt, with chiffon tunic, embroidered with pearls and mother-of-pearl sequins, the bodice being trimmed with Limerick lace."

Saturday, August 12th 1911. Ampthill News

"On Saturday, at 2:30, a pretty wedding took place at St. Mary's Church. The bride was the eldest daughter of Mr. George Stimson, of Great Lane, and the bridegroom, Mr. W. Doggett of Jaques Lane. The bride was given away by her father, and wore a dress of grey voile, and a hat to match. Miss Beatrice Stimson, only sister of bride, and Miss E. Doggett, were bridesmaids. Mr. A. Braybrooks, uncle of the bride, was best man. The presents included the following: - Mother of bride, bed spread, carving knife and fork; father, an eight-day clock; Mr. C. Stimson (uncle), set of large and small knives; Mrs. McNeil, silver plated tea tray; Miss Braybrooks, wine decanters; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas, of Elstree, plated tea tray and service; Miss Fyge, Elstree, sets of large and small dessert spoons, fish fork, etc.; Miss K. Harwood, Elstree, hearth rug; Miss Field, table spoons, Etc.; Miss Tuffnail, chair; Mr Hall, chair; Mr. A . and H. Doggett, lamp; Mrs. G. Huckle, set of glasses, bread board, etc.; Miss Ames, Hampstead, pair of pictures; Mrs. Anscott, Hampstead, set of china."

Saturday, September 23th 1911. Ampthill News