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Saturday 29 October 1892 – Wedding of John Kenelm Woodward of Aldington at Bengeworth

Category Hatches, Matches and Dispatches » Marriages
The Evesham Journal
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On Thursday afternoon the marriage of Mr John Kenelm Woodward of The Parks near Evesham, second son of the late Mr Francis Woodward of Worcester and Miss Mary Elizabeth Holder, eldest daughter of Mr F A Holder of the Swan Hotel, was solemnised at St Peter’s Church, Bengeworth.  Miss Holder has long been very popular with those amongst whom she has lived, and has secured for herself numerous friends.  Mr Woodward, too, during the five years he has lived at The Parks, has secured the friendship of many to whom he was known.  Consequently, despite the inclement weather, a large congregation was present to congratulate them and wish them every prosperity.  The bridegroom was attended by Mr R Riddle of Burton on Trent, as best man, and the bridge, who was given away by her rather, was followed up the aisle by three bridesmaids, viz Miss Edith Holder (sister, Miss Emily Stephens and Miss A A Wadams.

The wedding guests included Mrs Woodward (mother of the bridegroom), Miss Woodward (aunt), Miss Maggie Woodward (sister), Miss Dora Clutterbuck, Miss Meddings (cousin of the bride), Mr Henstridge (Woolwich), Miss Cole, Miss Williams, Mr & Mrs E J Stephens, Mr J Seymour White, Mr H G Holder, Mr & Mrs C B Sturgess, Miss Edith Bedenham, Mr E W Clare and Mr W J Harris.  The ceremony was performed by the Rev W C de Bentley Corry (vicar of the parish), assisted by the Rev Francis Woodward (brother of the bridegroom).  The bride wore a handsome dress of white embroidered cashmere, trimmed with Bengaline silk, orange blossoms and lace.  She also wore a spray of orange blossoms and veil.  The bridesmaids wore dresses of pink crepon trimmed with black lace and black hats with tips and ospreys.  Each of the bridesmaids received a gift from the bridegroom in the shape of a handsome ivory and silk fan.  In the afternoon the newly-wedded pair took train for Shrewsbury en route for South Wales.  The bride’s travelling costume consisted of a fawn Kamyl hair cloth gown with hat to match and a black and crimson cloak.

The following is a list of the presents:  cheque, house linen, trousseau, Mr Holder; bridegroom to bride, sewing machine; bride to bridegroom, travelling bag; case of serviette rings, Mr & Mrs Vernon Wadley; silver egg-stand and liqueur frame, Mr Riddell; case of fish carvers, Mr G Williams; case of silver peppers, Mrs A Haines; case of silver Apostle spoons, Mr & Mrs Sturgess; work basket, Mrs Corry; silver Apostle preserve spoons, Mr T W Rylands, Birmingham; silver butter dish and knife, Mr E W Clare; silver cruet-stand, Mrs & Miss Meddings; silver toast rack and sardine dish, Miss Holder; porcelain and silver jug, Mr J S White; easy chair, Mr H G Holder; lamp, Miss Stephens (The Lodge); Worcester china tea service, Mrs Stephens (The Lodge); china biscuit box (silver mounted), Mrs & Miss Wadams; hand-engraved brass tea tray, Mr Whitfield; oriental vase, Mr & Mrs Phillipps; Worcester china vases, Mr & Mrs H Fowler; brass fire irons, Rev L & Mrs Clutterbuck; silver tea and coffee pot, Miss Woodward; brass tea kettle and stand, Miss Saunders; dinner service, Mr & Mrs E J Stephens; breakfast cruet and handkerchief sachet, Miss Williams; fancy toilet set, Miss M M Cole; travelling rung, Mr W J Harris; dessert dish, Miss Hawcroft; cheese dish, Mr & Mrs H Cole; teapot cosy, Miss Colstone; macramé bracket, Mrs Coulter; purse and old coin, Mrs Pitman; china toast rack, Fred Slatter; Romana ware basket, Mrs F Wheeler; alabaster candlestick and watch stand, Miss Barnes, London; glove sachet, Miss Stanton; pincushion, Miss James; plush table cover, Miss Goodall; hot water jug, Mr R Stanton; card tray, Mrs G Tredwell; glass dishes, Mr & Mrs A Bedenham; cake dish, Mr & Mrs Vincent; inkstand, Mr James; pair vases, Mrs Wood; copper kettle, Mr H Styles; crumb brush and tray, Misses Hewlett; hand-painted plaque, Mrs L Nicholls, Southampton; tea spoons, Mr & Mrs G E Nind; coal, vase, Mr M Hooper; fretwork letter rack, Mr E H Wadams; pair hanging vases, Mrs Blakeman; pair pictures, Mr Clare; pair spill cups, Vincent family; carvers, Miss Clarke; cake knife, Mr R White; iron stand, Mr Vale; irons, Mr G Vale; cheque, tenants at Worcester; cheque, Mrs Woodward, Worcester; presents from Rev F Woodward, Miss Woodward, Farm Servants, etc.