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Transcribed by Susan Manton, Monday 4th June 1906.
Hall - Clarke
Wedding of Mr George Hall and Miss Ellen Sophia Coleman Clarke

A large and interested company gathered in the Independent Wesleyan Church, High Street, Rushden, on Monday afternoon, to witness the nuptials of two well known members of the congregation. The bridegroom was Mr. George Hall, son of Mr. George Hall of Higham Ferrers, now in business in the High Street, Rushden and connected with various organisations of the Independent Wesleyan Church, as well as being secretary of the Higham Ferrers Adult School.

The bride was Miss Ellen Sophia (“Nellie”) Clarke, youngest daughter of Mr. T. C. Clarke of Lawson Cottage, Moor Road. She is a member of the Independent Wesleyan choir and a teacher in the Sunday School, and was till recently an assistant teacher in the Alfred Street Infants’ Council School. The Rev. R. Shorten conducted the ceremony, which was choral, Mr. George Denton, jun. being at the organ and the choir taking part. The hymns were “The voice that breathed o’er Eden” and “O perfect love, all human thought transcending.”

The bride, who was given away by her father, was attired in white silk colienne, trimmed with point ground lace, and white crinoline hat, with large ostrich feathers. She also carried a white shower bouquet. Six bridesmaids gave pictuesqueness to the scene, these being Miss Hall and Miss A. Hall (sisters of the bridegroom), the Misses M. Clarke, E. Clarke, Maud Clarke and S. Bradfield (nieces of the bride). The Misses Hall wore dresses of pale blue delaine, with white lace hats and carried white bouquets with pale blue trailings. The four children looked pretty in white, embroidered muslin with lace insertion and wearing wreaths of moss roses in place of hats. Each carried a basket of white and pink roses to match the wreaths.

Mr. J. Hall, of London, brother of the bridegroom, discharged the duties of best man.

A reception was held in the B.W.T.A. Hall, the large company including in addition to those already named. Miss Denton, Miss F. Denton, Miss L. Berry, Miss Sargent. Mr. Jackson, Miss Clarke and Miss Hartwell (Raunds), Miss Feazey (London), Miss Clarke (Higham), Mr. Marriott and Miss Goss (Hardingstone), Rev. R. and Mrs. Shorten, Miss Button, Mr. and Mrs. T.T. Clarke, Mr. and Mrs and Master Clarke (Kettering), Mrs. Bradfield (Redmarley) Mr. and Mrs. Button (London), Mr. Walker (Brighton, Mrs. T.C. Clarke (mother of the bride) and Mrs. Hall (Mother of the bridegroom)

Later in the day Mr. and Mrs. Hall were driven to Irchester for the 5.29pm train, en route for Brighton, where the honeymoon is being spent. Mrs. Hall’s travelling dress was a grey mixed tweed costume and green hat trimmed with shaded roses. They received a large number of handsome presents, including a silver teapot from the teachers of the Sunday School, handsome coal box from the day school teachers etc.

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