St James Church Briercliffe

Wedding Wednesday – Ronald Clifford Brown and Eveline Dacre Crewdson

Eveline Dacre Crewdson is my 3rd cousin 1x removed. Her parents are George Dacre Crewdson and Clara Shackleton. Our common ancestors are William Stowell and Ellen Lane – my 3x great grandparents.

Eveline was born in 1925 – her birth is registered in the third quarter.

On 28 July 1945 Eveline married Ronald Brown at St James Church, Briercliife, Lancashire. Details of the wedding were announced in the Burnley Express on 4 August 1945 (taken from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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BROWN – CREWDSON

The Rev A B Dex officiated at the wedding at St James’s Church, Briercliffe, last Saturday, of Miss Eveline Dacre Crewdson, daughter of Mrs and the late Mr George Dacre Crewdson, of 7, Church Street, Harle Syke, and Mr Ronald Clifford Brown, son of Mr and Mrs H Brown, of 9, York Avenue, Swinton, near Manchester.
Given away by her cousin, Mr Ernest Enright, the bride was attired in satin beaute with lace inset, and she carried a bouquet of variegated roses. She was attended by her friend, Miss Dorothy Howarth, of Warrington, and Miss Hazel Hatherley, of Burnley (cousin of the bridegroom), who wore pale pink brocade and carried muffs, with sprays of roses, and by little Miss Maureen Rorke (cousin of the bride), who wore mauve and carried a posy of sweet peas.
Mr George Brown (brother of the bridegroom) was best man, and Mr James Donald Crewdson (brother of the bride) and Pte. George Winstanley, of Marton, Cheshire, were groomsmen.
The organist was Mr Wilfred Nuttall, and the hymns, “The Voice that breathed o’er Eden,: and “Lead us Heavenly Father,” were rendered. The church was decorated with sweat peas, carnations and roses.
Following a reception at the Black Bull Hotel, Lanehead, the newly married couple left for the honeymoon at Blackpool, the bride travelling in a nigger brown coat and dress with green accessories, and hat and shoes to tone. The couple will reside at 9, York Avenue, Swinton.
Among the presents were gifts from the South View Manufacturing Company, Harle Syke, where the bride is employed and from Gardeners’ Diesel Engine Works, Peel Green, Manchester, where the bridegroom is employed.
The bride was formerly a member of St James’s Church choir and a Sunday school teacher. Her father, the late Mr George Crewdson, was well known in Burnley as a tenor vocalist.

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Wedding Wednesday – Alban Arthur Birch and Connie Jackson

Alban Arthur Birch is my wife’s 3rd cousin. His parents are Arthur Birch and Sarah Fitzgerald. Their common ancestor is Martha Espley, my wife’s 2x great grandmother.

Alban was born in Burnley, Lancashire on 5 August 1916. He was the only child of Arthur and Sarah Birch.

On Alban’s 23rd birthday he married Connie Jackson at St James Church, Briercliffe, Lancashire.

The wedding was reported in the Burnley Express on 12 August 1939.

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Briercliffe St. James’s Church was the scene of a pretty wedding last Saturday morning between Mr Alban Arthur Birch, son of Mr and Mrs A Birch, of 200, Burnley Road, Accrington, and Miss Connie Jackson, only daughter of Mr and Mrs T S Jackson, of 12, Burnley Road, Briercliffe. The bride, who was given away by her father, was charmingly attired in a gown of white satin with veil of embroidered net held in place by orange blossom. She carried a bouquet of pink roses and lillies of the valley. She was attended by a matron of honour, Mrs M Jones, of London, friend of the bride, and a bridesmaid, Miss Gwen Dewhurst, cousin of the bride, who wore dresses of lavender taffeta with head-dresses and shoes to tone, and carried bouquets of pink carnations. The best man was Mr James Hargreaves, friend of the bridegroom, while Mr Eliot Andrews and Mr B Spencer (friends of the bridegroom) were groomsmen. Mr G Dewhurst was the usher. The ceremony was performed by the Rev A B Dex, MA, who also rendered appropriate organ music. A reception luncheon was held at Storey’s Cafe, and afterwards the newly-wedded pair left for a honeymoon in Scotland, the bride travelling in a moss green coat with black accessories. Among numerous presents received were some from the staff of W H Dean and Son, where the bride and bridegroom are employed. Mr and Mrs Birch will reside at 1, Bedfordshire Avenue, Burnley.