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Unknown newspaper, Wednesday April 16th 1902
From the archive of Rowan Flack
Former Clinical Nurse Officer, Rushden Hospital, 1966-1990.
Transcribed by Greville Watson, 2008

Fashionable Wedding

Simpson – Browning

Alice Maude Mattie Browning and Francis Joseph Simpson

An exceptionally pretty marriage was solemnised at St. Peter’s Church, Cranley-gardens, London, S.W., on Wednesday afternoon, the bridegroom being Mr Francis Joseph Simpson, solicitor and Deputy Town Clerk of the borough of Higham Ferrers, second son of Mr William Hirst Simpson, CC, Clerk to the Wellingborough Justices and Town Clerk of Higham Ferrers, and his bride Miss Alice Maude Browning eldest daughter of Mr Edward Campbell Browning, of Knuston Hall, and of 70, Onslow-gardens, London, S.W.  The liveliest public interest was evinced in the happy event, and the ceremony was witnessed by a representative company of relatives and town and country friends.  The interior of the sacred edifice was daintily adorned with choice exotics and flowers, supplied by Messrs Wills and Segar, of Brompton-road.  The officiating clergy were the Rev. E. W. Thomas, Vicar of Irchester, and the Rev. W. R. Morse, Rector of Rushden, assisted by the Rev. T. K. Sopwith, Curate of St. Peter’s, Cranley-gardens.  The service was fully choral, the hymns sung by the choristers, bridal party, and congregation being “The voice that breathed o’er Eden,” “Oh, perfect love, all human thought transcending,” and “The Church’s one Foundation.”  The central figure of the gay bevy of ladies in attendance was the charming bride, surrounded by her bridesmaids, the Misses Mary Browning, Rosa Browning, Ethel Browning, Mabel Browning, and Miss Jenny K. Simpson; whilst the bridegroom had the support of Mr F. Lionel Provis, son of the esteemed Secretary to the Local Government Board, who officiated as best man.  The bride, who was given away by her father, was apparelled in a really lovely dress of white mousseline de soie, the skirt being of pleated mousseline trimmed with an application of lace embroidered in silver and tiny roses of satin.  The bodice was of pleated mousseline de soie arranged with a little jacket of the embroidery held in at the waist with a silver belt, and fastened with a trail of orange blossoms which fell to the bottom of the skirt.  The Court train of rich white satin fell from under a collar of lovely embroidery.  She also wore a tiara of orange blossom and plain tulle veil, and carried a magnificent bouquet of white blooms.  The dresses worn by the bridesmaids were white satin underskirts with embroidered lace covers, fichu of embroidered lace, white crinoline hats trimmed with gathered chiffon, feathers, and pink carnations under the brims, and to each the bridegroom had presented a pearl brooch representing in design a spray of heather set in a gold bar, as well as shower bouquets of pink carnations and lilies of the valley.  At the close of the service, during the signing of the register in the vestry, and as the bridal party were leaving the church. The organist (Mr Herbert Hodge) played the Bridal March from “Lohengrin” (Wagner), and the Wedding March by Mendelssohn.  A reception was held at the London residence of the bride’s parents, and later in the afternoon the happy couple travelled to the Isle of Wight, where the honeymoon is being spent.

The guests at the marriage comprised

Mr and Mrs R. Campbell Browning Mr and Mrs H.C. Browning
Miss Browning Miss May Browning
Mr and Mrs H.G. Browning Mr W. Hirst Simpson
Colonel and Mrs M.C. Browning Mr H.B. Simpson
Captain and Mrs Montague Browning Mr G. Horton
Mr F. Beauford Mr and Mrs John Simpson
Mr and Mrs F.H. Browning Miss F. Browning
Captain Browning Mr and Mrs Robert Gladstone
Mr and Mrs Julius Arkwright Mrs Edward Wood
The Misses Simpson Miss Violet Pratt-Barlow
Mr C.C. Simpson Mr W. Hirst Simpson jun.
Mrs Bissill Miss A. Alexander
Miss Fisher Mr and Mrs De Salis
Miss E. Browning Mr and Mrs Page Philips
Miss Gladstone Mrs and Miss Longman
Mr and Mrs C. Pratt-Barlow The Misses Caledon Alexander
Mr R. Pratt-Barlow Major and Mrs Sangster
Mr and Mrs F. Alexander Captain and Mrs Burnand
The Misses Bainbridge Mr Ivor Burnand
Mr E. Brooks Mr W.B. Browning
The Misses Dolling Miss Clark Hall
Mr and Mrs Bradford Mrs Wood
Mrs Goodlake Mrs Griffiths
Mrs Forde Major and Mrs Goldfrap
Mr and Mrs H.B. Browning Mr and Mrs Price
Mrs Caulfield Miss C. Alexander
Mr and Mrs W.H. Browning Mr and Mrs Cecil Gladstone
Miss H. Browning Mr and Mrs Villar
Mr and Mrs Beauford Rev and Mrs Morse
The Misses Beauford

[The remainder is missing, and the article resumes in a list of wedding presents]

Miss E. Whitford, silver-mounted scent bottle
Mr Danbeny, silver sugar basin and cream jug
The Misses Purcell, tea cosy
Major and Mrs Sangster, silver topped decanter
Miss Gladstone, scent bottle
Miss Clarke Hall, scent bottle
Mrs Gregory, silver-mounted vase
Miss L. Back, butter dish
Miss Truelove, silver salt cellars
Mr P.A. Fryer and Mr D.P. Williams, case of spoons
Mr and Mrs Millington, silver salver
Mr and Mrs Mary Prung, pair of silver toast racks
Mr Edwin Green, silver photo grame
Higham Ferrers Fire Brigade, aneroid barometer
Mrs Govete, salon salt bottle
Miss Nottingham, hand-painted screen
Mr and Mrs Page Philips, silver vases
Mrs Canning, cushion
Miss Caskie, cushion
Mr F. Brazier, butler’s tray and stand
Capt. J.A. Browning, sofa and arm chair
Mr Flack, milk jug
Miss E. Turner, silk mittens
Mrs and Miss Roger, fan of mother-o’-pearl and French lace
Major-General Turner, china coffee cups
Mr and Mrs Cruddas, fruit dish
Mrs and Miss Marable, china flower basket
Mr and Mrs F. Alexander, stationery cabinet
Mrs Fletcher, silver muffineers
Mr and Mrs Clay, hand bag
Mr and Mrs Price, silver photo frame
Mrs Henry Wood, silver muffineers
Miss Lefroy, tea cloth
Miss Gregory, cushion
Mr and Mrs Mayfield, silver mounted decanter
Beryl and Phyllis Mayfield, silver pepper pot
Mr Bulkley Praed, four silver fruit dishes
Mrs Orr, silver stamp box
Mr and Mrs H.H. Green, silver and crystal salad bowl
Mr Frank Green, silver cake basket
Mr Ernest Haines, pair entrée dishes
Mr Hamilton Cruddas, set of silver dessert knives and forks
Mr H.B. Simpson, picture
Miss Jennie Simpson and Master C.C.Simpson, silver-mounted beer jug
The staff at Messrs Simpson and Mason’s office, antique grandfather’s clock

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