Wedding Wednesday

Wedding Wednesday – Stanley Turner and Grace Park

Stanley Turner is my 1st cousin 2x removed. His parents are Alexander Turner and Jane Brotherton. Our common ancestors are Thomas Turner and Mary Jane Carradice – my 2x great grandparents.

Stanley was born in Clitheroe, Lancashire in 1924.

On 31 March 1948 Stanley married Grace Park at Moor Lane Methodist Church, Clitheroe. The wedding was reported in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on Friday 2 April 1948 (image from



At Moor Lane Methodist Church on Wednesday, Miss Grace Park, of 13 Montague Street, Clitheroe, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. Park, Elswick, near Blackpool, was married to Mr. Stanley Turner, youngest son of Mrs. Turner and the late Mr. Turner, of Whipp Avenue, Clitheroe.
The bride, who was given away by her brother, Mr. Robert Park, was attired in a navy costume with white accessories and had a spray of pink carnations. She was attended by Miss J. Turner, sister of the bridegroom, who wore a brown dress with tan accessories and also had a spray of pink carnations.
The best man was Mr. W. Turner, brother of the bridegroom, and Mr. N. Park, brother of the bride, was groomsman.
During the service which was conducted by the Rev. F. Smith, the hymns “The Voice That Breathed O’er Eden” and “O Perfect Love” were sung. Mr. W. Taylor was organist.
After a reception at the bride’s home, Mr. and Mrs. Turner left for Blackpool. They are to reside at 13 Montague Street.
Among the wedding gifts were household utensils from work friends of the bride at Messrs. Woolworths, Clitheroe.

Wedding Wednesday – William Lord and Marjorie Lord (nee Musgrove)

Marjorie Musgrove is my 1st cousin 1x removed. Her parents are James Musgrove and Edith Jane Hibble. Our common ancestors are Joseph Musgrove and Elizabeth Ann Turner – my great grandparents.

I posted about Marjorie’s wedding to John Edward Lord – here.

Sadly John Edward was killed fighting in WW2 on 20 February 1944 – see blog post here.

On 20 October 1945 Marjorie married William Lord at Clitheroe Congregational Church, Lancashire. A report of the wedding was in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on 26 October (image from

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Mr. William Lord, only son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Lord, 9 Castle View, Clitheroe, was married at Clitheroe Congregational Church on Saturday to Mrs. Marjorie Lord, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Musgrove, 51 Woone Lane, Clitheroe.
Given away by her father, the bride wore a light-blue woollen two-piece with black accessories. Mrs. Kirk (friend of the bride) was matron-of-honour, whilst the bride’s daughter, Miss Pat Lord, was bridesmaid. Mrs. Kirk had a navy-blue wool two-piece, and Miss Lord a pale-green wool dress. Both wore sprays of carnations.
Mr. Sydney Burridge was best man, and Mr. Tom Hibble, groomsman. The Rev. C. J. Guildford officiated.
The reception was held in the Co-operative Guild Room. Mr. and Mrs. Lord are to reside at 27 Chatburn Road, Clitheroe.

William passed away in 2005 at the age of 85. And Marjorie lived until the age of 96 before she passed away on 12 February 2018.

Wedding Wednesday – George Dacre Crewdson and Clara Shackleton

Clara Shackleton is my 2nd cousin 2x removed. Her parents are James Shackleton and Mary Elizabeth Haworth. Our common ancestors are William Stowell and Ellen Lane – my 3x great grandparents.

Clara was born on 20 April 1900 in Burnley, Lancashire.

On 30 August 1922 Clara married George Dacre Crewdson at Holy Trinity Church, Habergham Eaves, Lancashire. The wedding was announced in the Burnley News on Saturday 2 September 1922 (image from

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The marriage took place at Holy Trinity Church on Wednesday of Miss Clara Shackleton, of Church Street, Briercliffe, and Mr. George Crewdson, of Burnley. Both are well known as local vocalists, Miss Shackleton as a soprano and Mr. Crewdson as a tenor, the latter having been a member of Trinity choir for over twenty years.
The bride, who was given away by her cousin, Mr. H. Thornton, wore a grey floral crepe dress and a silver grey Hatters plush hat, and her bouquet consisted of Madonna lilies and pink carnations. She was attended by her cousin, Miss Winifred Corrin, and a little niece. Mr. J. W. Crewdson, brother of groom, acted as best man. Mr. J. Armistead, Mus.Bac., presided at the organ and played suitable music.
After the ceremony tea was served in the Harle Syke Cafe, and the evening was spent in dancing, etc. Mr. and Mrs. Crewdson were the recipients of numerous presents. The honeymoon is being spent at Bispham.

I have written previously about the early death of George – here

Wedding Wednesday – Kenneth Turner and Doris Humble

Kenneth Turner is my 1st cousin 2x removed. His parents are Alexander Turner and Jane Alice Brotherton. Our common ancestors are Thomas Turner and Mary Jane Carradice – my 2x great grandparents.

Kenneth was born in Clitheroe, Lancashire, on 8 May 1921.

In the 1939 Register, taken at the outbreak of WW2, Kenneth is living with his parents and siblings at 20 Whipp Avenue, Clitheroe. His occupation is given as “machine minder at bleach works”.

Kenneth married Doris Humble in the summer of 1944. The Clitheroe Advertiser and Times of 4 August 1944 reported on their wedding (image taken from

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The wedding was solemnised on Friday at the Moor Lane Methodist Church, between L.A.C. Kenneth Turner, R.A.F., the fifth son of Mrs. J. A. and the late Mr A. Turner, 20 Whipp Avenue, Clitheroe, and Aircraftwoman Doris Humble, third daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Humble, 34 Station Road, Armley, Leeds.
Given away by her brother, Mr. R. Humble, the bride, who was in her W.A.A.F. uniform, was attended by her sister, Miss Gwynneth Humble, who is serving in the A.T.S. The bride carried a small prayer book. Mr. W. J. Jones acted as best man, and the duties of groomsman were carried out by Mr J. W. Woods. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. J. E. Storey.
To his bride, the bridegroom gave a silver compact, receiving from her a signet ring, and his gift to the bridesmaid was a locket. As the bride was leaving the church, she was presented with a silver horse shoe by the bridegroom’s sister, Miss Jenny Turner. Amongst the many presents received was a cheque from R.A.F. colleagues.
After a reception, held at the home of the bridegroom, Mr. and Mrs. Turner left for their honeymoon which is being spent at Cleveleys.

Wedding Wednesday – William Wallbank and Florence M Smith

William Wallbank is my 3rd cousin 1x removed. His parents are Ernest Wallbank and Sarah Rushton. Our common ancestors are Martin Gawthrop and Ann Kighley – my 3x great grandparents.

William was born in Cowling, West Yorkshire on 27 August 1908.

On Thursday 1 June 1933 William married Florence M Smith at Christ Church, Colne, Lancashire. The wedding was announced in the Nelson Leader on Friday 2 June 1933 (image from

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Two well-known Colne farming families were united at Christ Church, Colne, yesterday, the bridegroom being Mr. William Wallbank, of Higher Clough Farm, and the bride, Miss Florence Smith, elder daughter of Mr. Herbert and the late Mrs. Smith, of Tock Hill Farm.
The bride, given away by her uncle, Mr. E. Stansfield, of Morecambe, wore a beaute satin gown with wreath and veil. She was attended by her sister, Miss M. Smith, and Miss Annie Wallbank, sister of the bridegroom, both wearing mauve georgette with silver leaf head-dresses and shoes to tone. The bride carried pink roses and the bridesmaid’s bouquets were of sweet peas. Mr. L. Smith, brother of the bride, was best man.
Following a reception at Higher Clough Farm, Mr. and Mrs. Wallbank left for Morecambe for their honeymoon.

Wedding Wednesday – Richard Teale Crabtree and Ellen Dorothea Harrison

Ellen Dorothea Harrison is my 3rd cousin 1x removed. Her parents are George Holroyd Harrison and Florence Shaw Hurtley. Our common ancestors are Thomas Hurtley and Hannah Braidley – my 3x great grandparents.

Ellen was born on 11 August 1908 in Leeds, West Yorkshire. She was the fourth of five children to George and Florence.

On 25 June 1935 Ellen married Richard Teale Crabtree at St. Edmund’s Church, Roundhay, Leeds. A report of the marriage was published in the Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer the following day (image taken from

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Mr R T Crabtree and Miss E D Harrison

The marriage took place yesterday at St Edmund’s Church, Roundhay, Leeds, of Mr Richard Teale Crabtree and Miss Ellen Dorothea Harrison. The bridegroom, who is advertising manager of the “Yorkshire Evening News,” is the son of Mr and Mrs Robert W Crabtree, of Brookwood, North Park Avenue, Roundhay, and the bride is the eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs George H Harrison, of Rydal Bank, Roundhay. A brother-in-law of the bridegroom, the Rev K C Oliver, Vicar of St Cyprian’s, Birmingham, helped the Rev C Clare, Vicar of St Edmund’s, to conduct the service.
The bride wore a dress of white point lace in a leaf design outlined with silver thread. Half circles of net-edged lace overlapped on the hem of the train, which was cut in with the skirt, and a halo headdress of orange blossom held in place a net veil. Harrisii lilies were carried.
Four bridesmaids attended her, wearing azure-blue satin and long coats of frilled net. They were Miss Cynthia Harrison and Miss Ruth Crabtree (sisters of the bride and groom), Miss Mavis Brown and Miss Cynthia Harrison, of London, the bride’s niece. Their halo caps were of net to match their frocks and they carried bouquets of shell pink roses.
A reception was held at the Mansion, Roundhay.

Crabtree & Harriosn Wedding Photo

Wedding Wednesday – Morris Hargreaves and Sheila Turner

Sheila Turner is my 2nd cousin 1x removed. Her parents are James Turner and Grace Matilda Waite. Our common ancestors are Thomas Turner and Mary Jane Carradice – my 2x great grandparents.

Sheila was born on 26 January 1939 and in the 1939 Register, taken at the outbreak of WW2, she is living with her parents at 26 Turner Street, Clitheroe, Lancashire.

Sheila married Morris Hargreaves at St. James’s Church, Clitheroe and the wedding was announced in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on 6 December 1957 (image from

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The wedding took place at St. James’s Church, Clitheroe, last week of Miss Sheila Turner, younger daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Turner, of 26 Turner Street, Clitheroe, and Mr Morris Hargreaves, younger son of Mrs. and the late Mr. Hargreaves, of 2 Milneshaw Terrace, Grindleton.
Given away by her father, the bride wore a two-piece of coral pink brocade with white accessories, and carried a bouquet of white carnations.
Two friends of the bride, Miss Maureen Winterbottom and Mrs. Ann Carpanini were in attendance.
Miss Winterbottom wore a pale pink two piece with white accessories and Mrs. Carpanini wore a grey two piece with pink accessories. They both carried white prayer books.
Mr. Cecil Hargreaves, the bridegroom’s brother, was best man, the bride’s brother-in-law, Mr. Peter Walker, being the groomsman.
During the ceremony, performed by the Rev. J S Parry, the hymns “Lead us Heavenly Father” and “The Lord is My Shepherd” were sung. Mr. G Hitchen was at the organ.
Following a reception at the Starkie Arms Hotel, Clitheroe, the newly married couple left for a honeymoon in Blackpool, the bride travelling in a royal blue mohair coat with pink accessories.
Among the wedding gifts were a clock and linen from Clitheroe Shirtings, Ltd., Grindleton, where both the bride and bridegroom are employed.
Mr. and Mrs. Hargreaves will reside in Grindleton.

Wedding Wednesday – Philip Trevor Hanson and Patience Joy Preston

Patience Joy Preston is my wife’s 3rd cousin. Her parents are George Eric Preston and Madge Robinson. The link between my wife and Patience is from Martha Espley – my wife’s 2x great grandmother.

Patience was born on 23 June 1925 in Basford, Nottingham.

Two days before her 24th birthday Patience married Philip Trevor Hanson on 21 June 1949 at St. Andrew’s Church, Nottingham. The wedding was announced in the Nottingham Evening Post on the same day (image from

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Nottingham Bride

A director of Hanson’s, Ltd., and Hardy’s Kimberley Brewery, Ltd., Mr Philip Trevor Hanson, was married at St Andrew’s Church, Nottingham, today to Miss Patience Joy Preston, daughter of Mr and Mrs Eric Preston, of 22 Alexander Street, Nottingham.
The bridegroom is the son of the late Mr Harry Hanson and of Mrs Hanson, who now lives at 1 Drake Road, Seacroft, Skegness.
The Rev. R Deaville officiated, and the bride, who was given away by her father, wore ivory Chantilly lace over ivory taffeta. Her veil of silk net was held in place by a coronet of ivory lace and wheat ears, and she wore a single string of pearls and a pearl girdle. Her bouquet was of white orchids and stephanotis.
She was attended by her cousins, the Misses Patricia and Jane Robinson, and the bridegroom’s nieces, Angela and Cherry Hanson. They wore ivory silk net over ivory taffeta, with headdresses of pink cornflowers and daisies, and carried bouquets of pink cornflowers.
The best man was the bridegroom’s brother, Mr Desmond Hanson.
The bride served two years with the W.R.N.S. and is a member of Magdala Lawn Tennis Club and Wollaton Park Golf Club, while the bridegroom is vice-captain of Rushcliffe Golf Club.

Wedding Wednesday – Fred Britliff and Beatrice Halgarth

Fred Britliff is my wife’s 2nd cousin 2x removed. His parents are George Britliff and Jane Kinsley. The common link between my wife and Fred is from John Britliff and Sarah Rack – my wife’s 3x great grandparents.

Fred was born on 7 April 1872 in Bottesford, Lincolnshire. He was the first of at least eleven children born to George and Jane.

On 10 August 1898 Fred married Beatrice Halgarth at St. Magdalene’s Church, Fleet, Lincolnshire. The Lincolnshire Free Press published details of the wedding on 16 August 1898 (image from

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MARRIAGE OF MR F BRITLIFF – The marriage of Mr F Britliff, police constable, with Miss Beatrice Halgarth, eldest daughter of Mr Wm. Halgarth, Bull Hotel, Fleet, was solemnised at St Mary Magdalene’s Church, Fleet, on Wednesday last. The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a dress of French grey, trimmed with white moire and chiffon, a white chip hat, trimmed with ostrich tips and chiffon. She was attended by two bridesmaids, Misses Edith and Maud Halgarth, sisters of the bride. Their dresses were electric blue, trimmed with silk and chiffon, white chip hats, trimmed with moire ribbon and ostrich tips. They carried bouquets of choice flowers, gifts of the bridegroom. Mr Arthur Halgarth acted as best man. The service was conducted by the Rev W H James, assisted by his curate, and the bells rang merrily. The presents were numerous and useful.

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.