Wedding Wednesday

Wedding Wednesday – Roy Hugh Blackburn and Barbara Walmsley

Roy Hugh Blackburn is my 5th cousin. His parents are Arthur Blackburn and Mary Lizzie Dawson. Our common ancestors are John Dawson and Ann Watson – my 4x great grandparents.

Roy was born in Burnley, Lancashire on 12 July 1931. In the 1939 Register (taken at the outbreak of WW2) Roy was living with his parents at Church Street, Trawden, Lancashire.

On Saturday 29 November 1952 Roy married Barbara Walmsley at Trawden Parish Church. The wedding was announced in the Burnley Express on Wednesday 3 December 1952 (image from

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The wedding took place at Trawden Parish Church on Saturday of Mr. Roy Hugh Blackburn, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Blackburn, of 4 Church Street, Trawden, and Miss Barbara Walmsley, of “Windsor House,” 59 Skipton Road, Colne, a stepdaughter of the late Mr. R. Williams. The Vicar of Trawden (Rev. G. H. Richards) officiated. The bride wore a gown of white silk net and lace embroidered with pearls. Her headdress was of white velvet in Tudor style, also stitched with pearls, and she carried a bouquet of lilies of the valley. Her uncle, Mr. W. Helliwell, gave her away. Miss Margaret Hartley was bridesmaid. Mr. John Alfred Fletcher was best man and Messrs. J. Thwaites and N. Storey groomsmen. Organist was Mr. W. Driver. A reception was held at the Crown Hotel, Colne, after which the bridal pair left for their honeymoon at Blackpool. They will reside at “Windsor House,” 59 Skipton Road, Colne.

Wedding Wednesday – Wilfred Gawthrop and Alice Margaret Hacking

Wilfred Gawthrop is my 2nd cousin 2x removed. His parents are Joseph Gawthrop and Mary Ellen Snowden. Our common ancestors are Martin Gawthrop and Ann Kighley – my 3x great grandparents.

Wilfred was born on 1 July 1892 in Trawden, Lancashire.

In the 1911 census Wilfred was working as a “shop assistant to butcher”. By the time of the 1939 Register, taken at the outbreak of WW2, Wilfred was a “master butcher”.

On 23 April 1935 Wilfred married Alice Margaret Hacking at St. Michael and All Angels’ Church, Foulridge, Lancashire. Details of the wedding were in the Nelson Leader on 26 April 1935 (image from

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A Pretty Wedding

On Tuesday last, a very pretty wedding was solemnized at St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Foulridge, by the Vicar (Rev J Gough MA), the contracting parties being Mr Wilfred Gawthrop, eldest son of the late Mr Gawthrop and Mrs Gawthrop, of 85, Keighley Road, Colne, and Miss Alice Margaret Hacking, eldest daughter of the late Mr C L Hacking and Mrs Hacking, of “Micklethorn,” Foulridge. The bride, who was given away by her uncle, Mr Giles Collinge, was most charmingly dressed in an ivory silk ninon gown with a Brussels net veil and wreath of orange blossom, with shoes to tone. She carried a wreath of Madonna lillies. The train bearers were Miss B Gawthrop and Miss E Gawthrop (nieces of the bridegroom). She was attended by her sister Miss F M Hacking, and Mrs T Bannister (Blackpool), matron of honour, cousin of the bride, who were attired in dresses of pastel shades of Brussels net, with hats and shoes to tone, and carried bouquets of tulips. Mr J Pickles (friend of the bridegroom) acted as best man, and Mr T Bannister (Blackpool), cousin of the bride, was groomsman.
The hymn “Gracious spirit, Holy Ghost,” was sung, and Mr C Spencer, officiating at the organ, played Mendelssohn’s Wedding March. Mr A Hargreaves, rang a peal on the bells. A reception was held at the Cross Keys, East Marton.
The happy couple were the recipients of many handsome and useful presents. Mr and Mrs Gawthrop later left for a tour of the South, where the honeymoon is being spent.

Wedding Wednesday – Ethel Constance Godwin and Philip Slack

Philip Slack is my wife’s 3rd cousin 1x removed. His parents are Arthur Earles Slack and Annie Dale. The link between my wife and Philip is from James Espley and Martha Silvester – my wife’s 3x great grandparents.

Philip was born on 24 March 1914 in Stockport, Cheshire.

On Monday 12 June 1939 Philip married Ethel Constance Godwin at St. Mark’s Church, Saltney, Chester. The Chester Chronicle carried a report of the wedding on 17 June 1939 (image from

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A large number of relatives and friends attended the wedding at St. Mark’s Church, Saltney, on Monday, of Miss Ethel Constance Godwin, youngest daughter of the late Mr W N Godwin and of Mrs Godwin, 31, Brook Lane, Chester, and Mr Philip Slack, only son of Mr and Mrs Slack, 48, Glan Aber Park, Hough Green. The bridegroom’s father is well known as the manager of the Chester Labour Exchange.
The ceremony was performed by the Vicar (the Rev. J Phillips), and Mrs C Hassall was at the organ and played for the hymn “O Father, all creating.” The bride, who was given away by her brother, Mr W N Godwin, wore a full length light blue net dress over a taffeta foundation, with veil, her coronet of natural roses matching the sheaf of roses she carried. Her gold wristlet watch was the gift of the bridegroom.
The bridesmaids – Miss Ruby Pym and Miss Marjory Slack (sister of the bridegroom) – wore dresses of cyclamen ninon net over pink crepe-de-chine. They also wore floral headdresses and carried bouquets of delphiniums. Mr Allan Slack was best man.
A reception was held at the Plane Tree Cafe, where the bride’s mother, wearing a navy blue two piece and hat to match, received a large number of guests. She was attended by the bridegroom’s mother, who chose a black silk two piece and hat to tone.
Among the guests were Mrs M C Godwin, Mr and Mrs A Godwin and Master Edward Godwin, Mr and Mrs J Greenhalgh (Wolverhampton), Mr and Mrs W M Godwin (Crewe), Mr and Mrs R W Pickmere (Nigeria), Miss Bertha Godwin, Mrs R J Fletcher (Barrow), Miss Nance Denson, Mr and Mrs J Johnson and Miss Winnie Johnson, Miss M Smith (Tarvin), Mrs Light, Mrs C Robinson, Mr and Mrs Snape (Leeds), Mr and Mrs Slack, Mr J W Slack (bridegroom’s grandfather, who had just returned from a world tour), Mr and Mrs Dale (Prestbury), Mr and Mrs A Slack (London), Miss Dale (Warwick), Mr and Mrs W Slack (Reading), Mr and Mrs Carlisle (Macclesfield), and Mr and Mrs B Goulden (Macclesfield).
Mr and Mrs Philip Slack left for Grange-over-Sands, and on their return they will live at King’s Crescent East, Stocks Lane. The bride wore a powder blue costume for the journey.
The colleagues of Mr Slack at the Customs and Excise Office, Chester, gave him a sliver salver as a wedding present. Messrs Walter Conway, Chester, gave the bride a cheque on leaving for her wedding, and her office colleagues gave her an electric iron.

Now you would hope that this was a very happy time for Philip and Ethel. However the Chester Chronicle of 1 July 1939 – just over two weeks after the marriage reported that Philip was seriously ill.

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Mr Philip Slack, who has been lying seriously ill at his home in King’s Crescent, Chester, was today (Friday) stated to have passed a good night. Mr Slack is the son of Mr A E Slack, head of the Chester Labour Exchange.

I am happy to report that Philip presumably made a good recovery and lived until 1984. Ethel Constance died on 21 December 1991.

The couple had one son and one daughter.

Wedding Wednesday – Marjorie Fletcher and James Henry Edmondson

Marjorie Fletcher is my 2nd cousin 1x removed. Her parents are Walter Fletcher and Jane Musgrove. Our common ancestors are Harrison Musgrove and Jane Rooking – my 2x great grandparents.

Marjorie was born in Clitheroe, Lancashire – her birth is registered in the June quarter of 1920.

On 29 May 1944 Marjorie married James Henry Edmondson at Low Moor Church, Clitheroe. A report of the ceremony was published in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on 2 June 1944 (image taken from

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Low Moor Church was decorated with flowers gathered by scholars of Ribblesdale Senior School for the marriage, on Monday, of Miss Marjorie Fletcher, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs W Fletcher, Chester Avenue, Clitheroe, and Mr James Henry Edmondson, eldest son of Mr and Mrs H Edmondson, Bolton-by-Bowland. The bride has been a member of the Ribblesdale School staff for several years, and the bridegroom was also a teacher at that School until a few months ago, when he received an appointment as headmaster at Barnoldswick.
Given away by her father, the bride was gowned in ivory satin and her tulle veil was surmounted by a wreath of orange blossom. She had a bouquet of pink roses. The matron of honour was Mrs J H Turner, sister of the bride, whose dress was of turquoise ninon, with headdress of flowers. Her bouquet was composed of roses. Mr Jack Wolfenden was best man, and the ushers were Mrs P Mitchell and Miss I Dugdale, cousins of the bride.
The ceremony was performed by the Vicar (Rev. I Pugh) and the organist was Mr Alan Crossley, cousin of the bride, who discoursed bridal music and played for the hymns, “The Voice that breathed o’er Eden” and “O Perfect Love.”
After the ceremony, a reception was held at the Pendle Hotel, Chatburn, and the honeymoon is being spent at Blackpool.
The bridegroom’s gift to the bride consisted of pearls, and he gave a silver bracelet to the bridesmaid, receiving gold cuff-links from the bride. Among the gifts was a cheque from members of the Royal Observer Corps, of which the bridegroom is a member; a cheque from Ribblesdale Senior School, scholars of which also sent presents and gave the bride a silver horse-shoe and a half sovereign as she left the Church.

Wedding Wednesday – Edna Fletcher and James Horace Turner

Edna Fletcher is my 2nd cousin 1x removed. Her parents are Walter Fletcher and Jane Musgrove. Our common ancestors are Harrison Musgrove and Jane Rooking – my 2x great grandparents.

Edna was born on 19 June 1914 in Clitheroe, Lancashire.

Edna’a first occupation after leaving high school was as a school teacher. She left home in Clitheroe and moved to Halifax, West Yorkshire. However the lure of home must have been strong because she applied for and was successful in getting a job at Gisburn School in Lancashire. The following brief report is from the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times of 6 November 1936.

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Appointment Confirmed

Mr Douglas reported that the sub-committee appointed to deal with the vacancy on the Gisburn Council School staff interviewed the candidates, finally recommending the appointment of Miss Edna Fletcher, of Clitheroe, aged 22, who was transferring from Halifax. The meeting formally concurred.

In the 1939 Register, taken at the outbreak of WW2, Edna was living at home with her parents at Chester Avenue, Clitheroe. Her occupation is given as “Teacher elementary school”.

Just short of three years later Edna married James Horace Turner in July 1942. The Clitheroe Advertiser and Times of 24 July 1942 carried an announcement of the wedding.

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The wedding took place in Shropshire, on Tuesday week, of Pte. H Turner, youngest son of Mr and Mrs Frank Turner, 66 Pimlico Road, and Miss Edna Fletcher, second daughter of Mr and Mrs Walter Fletcher, Chester Avenue, Clitheroe. Pte. Turner, now serving with the Pioneer Corps, was formerly employed at the Albion Bobbin Works. His bride is a school teacher at Gisburn.

The Clitheroe Advertiser and Times then had another report on 9 October 1942.

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GISBURN SCHOOL PRESENTATION – On Monday last, Miss Dorothy Bleazard, head girl, presented an electric fire to Mrs Turner (nee Miss Edna Fletcher) on behalf of the staff and scholars of Gisburn School on the occasion of her recent marriage.

James and Edna didn’t have any children.

They were married for almost 40 years before Edna passed away on 31 January 1982. James died in the year 2000, his death is registered in the fourth quarter of that year in Birkenhead, Cheshire.

Wedding Wednesday -Herbert Dyson and Edna Doreen Feather

Edna Doreen Feather is my 4th cousin 1x removed. Her parents are Arthur Feather and Sarah Ethel Ambler. Our common ancestors are Anthony Mason and Mary Brayshaw – my 4x great grandparents.

Edna was born on 1 June 1906 in Keighley, West Yorkshire.

On 21 April 1931 Edna Married Herbert Dyson at Christ Church in Oakworth, Keighley. A report of the wedding was published in the Shipley Times and Express on Saturday 25 April 1931 (image taken from

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The wedding took place at Christ Church, Oakworth, on Tuesday afternoon, of Mr Herbert Dyson, youngest son of Mrs Margaret A Dyson, of Eccleshill, and formerly of the Worth Valley, and Miss Edna Doreen Feather, only daughter of Mr and Mrs A Feather, of Lidget, Oakworth. The ceremony was performed by the Rev Robert Tindall.
The bride, who was given away by her father, wore an ankle length gown of golden beige silk lace with a full skirt vandyked to a tight fitting bodice. Her hat was of lime green straw flecked with gold and her shoes of lime green satin. She carried a trailing sheaf of Madame Butterfly roses and asparagus ferns tied with a bow of pale pink ribbon.

Edna and Herbert had two sons. In the 1939 Register (taken at the outbreak of WW2) they were living at Crowther Avenue, Pudsey, West Yorkshire. Herbert’s occupation is given as “Editor”.

Herbert died on 27 December 1974 at the  age of 70. Edna passed away on 22 January 2007 – 100 years of age.

Wedding Wednesday – John Hartell Jackson and Winifred Turner

Winifred Turner is my 1st cousin 2x removed. Her parents are John Turner and Elizabeth Gornall. Our common ancestors are Thomas Turner and Mary Jane Carradice – my 2x great grandparents.

Winifred was born on 24 December 1911 in Clitheroe, Lancashire.

On 29 July 1933 Winifred married John Hartell Jackson at Saints Michael & John’s Church, Clitheroe. The wedding was announced in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on Friday 4 August 1933 (image from

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Keen interest was displayed in the wedding at SS. Michael and John’s Church, on Saturday, of Mr. Hartle Jackson, only son of Mr. and Mrs. B. Jackson, of Bawdlands, and Miss Winifred Turner, of Primrose Street, fifth daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. Turner, of Grimshaw Street. The bride was charmingly attired in a floral silk dress, with beige hat, and she carried a bouquet of sweet peas. She was attended by her sister, Miss Florence Turner. Mr. J. Foulker carried out the duties of best man and Mr. Robert Hetherington acted as groomsman. After the ceremony, which was performed by the Rev. Father O’Dwyer, S.J., a reception was held at the home of the bride. Mr. and Mrs. Jackson will reside at 19 Victoria Street.