Clitheroe

Wedding Wednesday – Mary Musgrove and Laurence O’Hagan

Mary Musgrove is my aunty. Her parents are Fred Ainsworth Stowell Musgrove and Florrie Musgrove – my maternal grandparents.

Mary married Laurence O’Hagan on 15 September 1956 in Clitheroe, Lancashire. The wedding was announced in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on Friday 21 September 1956 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

 

O’HAGAN – MUSGROVE

The wedding took place at SS. Michael and John’s Church, Clitheroe, on Saturday of Mr. Laurence O’Hagan, third son of Mr. and Mrs. P. O’Hagan, of 8 The Crescent, Clitheroe, and Miss Mary Musgrove, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. Musgrove, of 102 Whalley Road, Clitheroe.
The bride, given away by her father, wore a gown of white lace over tulle. Her bouquet was of white roses.
Mrs. Alice Dawson, sister of the bride, was matron of honour, and the Misses Lynn Dawson and Carol Musgrove, nieces of the bride, and Miss Patricia O’Hagan, niece of the bridegroom, were the bridesmaids.
Mrs. Dawson wore a gown of lemon-coloured net over taffeta and the bridesmaids dresses were of lemon-coloured organza over taffeta. They carried Victorian posies of mixed flowers.
Mr. P. O’Hagan, the bridegroom’s brother was best man, the bride’s brothers, Messrs. Harry and Tom Musgrove, sharing the duties of groomsman.
The Rev. Father F. Hannan, S.J., officiated at the ceremony and Mr. K. Sherliker was at the organ.
After a reception at the Station Hotel, Clitheroe, Mr. and Mrs. O’Hagan left for a honeymoon at Blackpool, the bride travelling in a tweed coat with tan accessories.
Mr. and Mrs. O’Hagan will reside at 1 Derby Street, Clitheroe.

 

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Wedding Wednesday – Albert Bentley and Ruth Halstead

Ruth Halstead is my 1st cousin 1x removed. Our common ancestors are Thomas Ainsworth Musgrove and Ellen Stowell – my great grandparents.

Ruth married Albert Bentley on Wednesday 5 July 1933 at Moor Lane Methodist Church, Clitheroe, Lancashire. A report of the marriage was published in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on Friday 7 July (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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BENTLEY – HALSTEAD

A large congregation of personal and other friends assembled in the Moor Lane Methodist Church on Wednesday afternoon to witness the wedding of Mr Albert Bentley, elder son of Mr and Mrs Arthur Bentley, of Moore Street, Burnley, and formerly of Barrow, to Miss Ruth Halstead, only daughter of Mr and Mrs Robert Halstead, of 1 Curzon Street, Clitheroe. The bride has been for some years a prominent member of the choir at Moor Lane and her services as a soprano soloist have been freely utilised by other churches and on the concert platform. She was also identified with the Parish Church Amateur Operatic Society. The bridegroom is well known in local cricket circles, having played in turn for Barrow, Whalley and Burnely St. Andrews.

Several fellow choristers of the bride were in the choir and led the singing of the hymn “Crown with Thy benediction.” The ceremony was performed by the Rev. P S Johnson, and the duties of organist were fulfilled by Mr G Cowgill.

The bride, who was given away by her father, looked becoming in a long ivory satin dress which had a yoke and puff sleeves of embroidered net, her veil, also of embroidered net, being crowned with a circlet of orange blossoms and pearls. Her bouquet was composed of pink roses.

Miss Bertha Procter was in attendance on her cousin, wearing an ankle length dress of yellow spun silk which had a cape collar, the skirt being relieved with narrow frills. A yellow crinoline hat trimmed with velvet ribbon, and a bouquet of mauve sweet peas, completed her toilette.

Mr Cyril S Aspden, of Colne, was the best man, and Messrs T R Halstead and G Steer the groomsmen.

A reception followed at the Starkie’s Arms Hotel. For the journey to Douglas, where the honeymoon is being spent, the bride travelled in a Lido blue silk dress and grey coat which had Lido blue revers, grey hat and shoes to tone. On their return Mr and Mrs Bentley are to reside at 9 Wellesley Street, Lowerhouse, Burnley. They were the recipients of numerous presents. The bridegroom’s gift to the bridesmaid was a wristlet watch.

Albert and Ruth had one daughter, Ruth Margaret Bentley on 13 July 1934.

I have previously written about Ruth and Albert here. And about Ruth Margaret here.

Wedding Wednesday – Edith May Musgrove and Malcolm Graham Frankland

Edith May Musgrove is my 1st cousin 1x removed. Her parents are Joseph Musgrove and Annie Simpson. Our common ancestors are Joseph Musgrove and Elizabeth Ann Turner, my great grandparents.

Edith May married Malcolm Graham Frankland at St James Church, Clitheroe, Lancashire on 17 September 1955. Details of the wedding were announced in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on 23 September 1955.

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FRANKLAND – MUSGROVE

Miss Edith May Musgrove, younger daughter of Mr and Mrs J Musgrove, of 58 West View, Clitheroe, was married at St James’s Church, Clitheroe, on Saturday, to Mr Malcolm Graham Frankland, only son of Mr and Mrs W Frankland, of Victoria Avenue, Chatburn.

Given away by her father, the bride was attired in a gown of white silk net over taffeta, trimmed with orange blossom, with a full-length veil surmounted with a wreath of orange blossom. She carried a bouquet of pink roses and white carnations.

She was attended by her sister, Mrs Norma Wearden, who wore a dress of blue net trimmed with white net and pearls. Her bouquet was of mixed sweet peas.

The best man was Mr M Nixon, a friend of the bridegroom, and the groomsmen were Mr B Wearden, brother-in-law of the bride, and Mr D Frankland, a friend of the groom.

During the ceremony, which was conducted by the Rector, the Rev J S Parry, the hymns “Lead us, Heavenly Father” and “The Voice that breath’d o’er Eden” were sung. Mr G Hitchen was organist.

A reception was held at the Station Hotel, Clitheroe, after which the couple left for a honeymoon in Blackpool, the bride wearing a lemon coloured dress and tweed coat, with tan accessories. They will reside at 58 West View, Clitheroe.

Among the numerous wedding gifts were a fruit set and wineglasses from workfriends of the bride at Stonebridge Mill, Chatburn, and a clock and towels from companions of the bridegroom in the 4th Battalion East Lancashire Regiment, TA.

Workday Wednesday – James Musgrove (1901-1983)

James Musgrove is my grand uncle – brother of my grandmother Florrie Musgrove.

James was born on 9 April 1901 in Clitheroe, Lancashire – the fifth of ten children to my great grandparents Joseph Musgrove and Elizabeth Ann Turner.

At the age of 18 James married Edith Jane Hibble on 27 October 1919.

In the 1939 Register James is presumably away doing his bit for the war. Edith is at home living at 51 Woone Lane, Clitheroe.

James came home safely from WW2 and at some point afterwards started working for the Post Office. I know from the following newspaper article that he drove a Post Office van – and in this instance he had a lucky escape.

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Mail Van Overturns

On the way from Blackburn with Clitheroe’s morning mail, early on Friday, a Post Office motor van skidded on a slippery toad surface at Barrow, turned a half circle, struck the pavement and overturned on its side.

The driver, James Musgrove, aged 53, of 51 Woone Lane, Clitheroe, escaped with bruises about the arms and back.

The mail was transferred to another vehicle and there was no delay in the morning delivery in Clitheroe.

Travel Tuesday – Annie Procter (nee Musgrove) – Australian Adventure

Annie Musgrove is my grand aunt. She was born on 26 March 1895 in Clitheroe, Lancashire, to parents Thomas Ainsworth Musgrove and Ellen Stowell – my great grandparents.

Annie married Percy Procter in Clitheroe on 14 June 1919.

I have recently found the following the newspaper article in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times of 13 June 1956 in which they recount Annie’s recent extended stay in Australia….on doctors orders!!

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BACK HOME AFTER 7 YEARS IN AUSTRALIA

A grand sunny climate, but….

“Follow the doctor’s advice” might well be the moral of this story of a rejuvenated 61-year-old Mrs Annie Procter, who recently arrived back in Clitheroe, after seven years in Australia.

It was in August, 1948, that Mrs Procter was advised by her doctor to go and live with her married daughter in Australia – for health reasons.

And so Mrs Procter set out on her first sea trip – a voyage across the world. And what a rough trip it turned out to be, too. But Mrs Procter enjoyed the buffetings of the ship in the rough waters of the Indian Ocean – much to the disgust of her less fortunate fellow passengers.

Her destination was Moorabbin, a suburb of Melbourne, where she lived with her daughter, Betty, now Mrs B Eastwood, and family. Mrs Procter spent five years at the seaside town of Parkdale, where the climate proved entirely to her liking.

In fact, the improvements in Mrs Procter’s health was so rapid, that six months after landing in Australia she started work in the mending department of a woollen mill at Bentleigh, near Moorabbin, and continued working without a break until coming back to this country.

BEHIND TIMES

Her general opinion of Australia? “Well behind the times,” says Mrs Procter. “They have a lot to learn, yet.”

Climate? – No complaints, naturally, in view of its recuperative powers.

Housing? – The drawback with new housing estates is that drainage and sewerage is not carried out until years after the completion of the building. Consequently, tenants are faced with ankle-deep mud covering the unmade roads after rain.

Litter? – Australians are definitely not litter-conscious.

Licensing laws? – Peculiar. The present hours, 9am to 6 pm are responsible for queer happenings.

Such as the occasion when a young couple, friends of Mrs Procter, went to a ball. In their car they took a zipped bag filled with bottles – a portable bar for use during the evening.

It is quite a common sight to see hotels besieged by workers (who finish at 5pm) and the same people emerging at 6pm carrying liquid refreshment to be enjoyed at home.

Cost of living? – The biggest drain on people’s wages out there is clothing and furnishings, which are exceedingly costly.

Mrs Procter, who is living with her sister and brother-in-law, Mr and Mrs Robert Halstead, at their grocery shop in Curzon Street, greatly enjoyed the voyage back to England – “an absolute contrast to the outward trip” – calling at various ports en route, including Naples where she visited the ruins of Pompeii.

Though she has decided to settle down for the time being in Clitheroe, Mrs procter still feels the urge to travel. And no wonder. “After the Australian trip, I feel 20 years younger,” she says.

An interesting personal reflection on life in Australia 50+ years ago.

Here is what Wikipedia has to say about Moorabbin in Australia now.

Wedding Wednesday – Ellen Musgrove and Robert Halstead

Ellen Musgrove is my grand aunt – in other words my grandad’s sister. Her parents are Thomas Ainsworth Musgrove and Ellen Stowell, my great grandparents.

Ellen was born on 21 February 1881 in Clitheroe, Lancashire. Robert Halstead was born on 31 October 1880, also in Clitheroe.

Ellen and Robert were married on 21 Jun 1902.

On the occasion of their golden wedding anniversary in 1952 the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times published the following article on 20 June.

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Clitheroe Couple Married 50 Years

A quiet family celebration at home tomorrow will mark 50 years of married life for Mr and Mrs Robert Halstead, of 1 Curzon Street, Clitheroe.

Mr Halstead, who is 71, is well known to many Clitheronians. He was born in Curzon Street, next door to his present home, and has lived in the street all his life – except for seven years after his marriage, when he resided in Monk Street, just around the corner.

He has always taken an interest in music, and was organist at the Congregational Church, Clitheroe, for five years during the war. He was pianist at the Sunday meetings of the old P.S.A. in Clitheroe, and will be remembered my many as pianist in a dance band led by Mr Joe Margerison.

AT THE MILL

Mr Halstead, who, like his wife, worked at Foulsykes Mill for a number of years, had latterly been employed at Sun Street Mill, as an overlooked. He retired in 1947.

He is associated with Moor Lane Methodist Church, and is an enthusiastic member of the Castle Park Veterans’ Bowling Club, with whom he has played on several occasions.

His wife, Mrs Ellen Halstead, formerly Miss Musgrove, was employed as a weaver at Foulsykes Mill many years ago, and later ran the mixed business at their home.

Mr and Mrs Halstead, who were married at the old Baptist Chapel in Shaw Bridge by the Rev L J Shackleford, have one daughter and one grandchild.

Wedding Wednesday – John Robert Turner Musgrove and Jean James

John Robert Turner Musgrove is my 1st cousin 1x removed. His parents are John Robert Musgrove and Phoebe Scott. Our common ancestors are Joseph Musgrove and Elizabeth Ann Turner, my great grandparents.

John (Jack) was born on 17 July 1916 in Clitheroe, Lancashire.

In the 1939 Register John’s occupation is listed as “carpenter’s labourer”. He was living at home with his parents.

On the 17 June 1943 John married Jean James in Axbridge, Somerset. Details of the wedding were published in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on 25 June 1943.

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MUSGROVE-JAMES

Private Jack Musgrove, King’s Own Royal Regiment, eldest son of Mr and Mrs J Musgrove, 32 Hayhurst Street, Clitheroe, was married yesterday week, at St John’s Church, Axbridge, to Miss Jean James, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs P James, 17 Parkfield, Axbridge, Somerset.

The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a white satin dress designed on Tudor lines, with an embroidered veil and wreath of orange-blossom. She carried a bouquet of red roses. Miss Nancy James, the bride’s sister, was the bridesmaid, and her dress was in floral satin, with lace head-dress to tone. Her bouquet was composed of blue cynthias.

Mr Joseph Musgrove, brother of the groom, undertook the duties of best man, whilst those of groomsman were carried out by Mr Joseph Waterhouse, brother-in-law of the bridegroom.

A pendant was the bridegroom’s gift to the bride, and he received from her a wrist watch. He gave a cheque to the bridesmaid.

After the reception, which was held at the home of the bride, the newly-married pair travelled to Mr Musgrove’s home town for the honeymoon, the bride wearing a floral gown, with a grey coat and hat to match.

Amongst the many presents were a canteen of cutlery and silk bedspread from work friends of the bride.

Previous to joining the Forces, three and and a half years ago, Mr Musgrove was employed at Whiteacre Camp, Barrow, and he was very well known in the district as a trumpet player, having been associated with the Borough Band and local dance bands.

After the end of the war John and Jean lived in Somerset and had three children.