A couple of weeks ago I mentioned a box of old photos that were almost lost forever.
At the bottom of the box was a newspaper clipping from 1938.
The clipping is a report of the marriage between my grandfather’s brother, Tom Ashworth, and Miss May Pickup.
The newspaper is The Rossendale E??? but I haven’t been able to find the full title.
The date is on the reverse of the clipping: June 18 1938.
The newspaper clipping is rather faded and crumpled but it’s still legible and I've been able to transcribe it.
ASHWORTH – PICKUP
A pretty wedding took place at Whitewell Bottom Methodist Church on Saturday morning. The bride was Miss May Pickup of 16 Woodlea Road, Waterfoot and the bridegroom Mr Tom Ashworth, third son of Mrs and the late Mr J.T. Ashworth of Altofts Rd, Normanton.
The bride, who was given away by her father, was attired in a two piece suit of ice blue crepe, with hat and shoes in navy and a spray of red roses.
Her attendants, Miss Edith Pickup (sister) and Mrs Ronald O’Hara (friend) were in two piece suits of yacht blue silk crepe with navy hats and shoes and sprays of sweet peas. They carried handbags, the gift of the bridegroom.
Mr James Cooper (cousin of the bridegroom) discharged the duties of bestman and those of groomsman were undertaken by Messrs William Gardiner (cousin of the bride) and Mr Sydney Hardman (brother in law of the bride).
The Rev D.R Dugard performed the ceremony and Mr James Whitehead (brother in law of the bride) played suitable music at the organ. The hymns “Lead us, heavenly Father” and “The voice that breathed o’er Eden” were sung during the service. As the bridal party were leaving the church the bride received a horseshoe from a friend.
Lunch followed at the Station Cafe, Waterfoot, after which the newly married pair left for their honeymoon, which is being spent at Blackpool and the guests had a motor coach trip to Southport.
Mr and Mrs Ashworth who are to take up residence at “Ashdene”, Ashfield Rd, Normanton were the recipients of many gifts including a cake stand from the bride’s Sunday School class at Whitewell Bottom Methodist and a mirror and rug from the choir. The bridegroom’s gift to the bride was a dressing table set and she gave him a travelling case.
Mr R.H. Ormerod of Crescent Garage, Waterford supplied the wedding taxis.
I think you'll agree that the photos of the wedding are charming and the detailed account in the local newspaper makes for a great family history story.
The wedding was held at Whitewell Bottom Methodist Church.
Whitewell Bottom is situated between Bacup and Rawtenstall in Lancashire.
The Ashworths originated in this part of Lancashire but Tom's father had moved his family to Normanton, near Wakefield in Yorkshire, some time between 1905 and 1911. My grandad's birth certificate (1905) places the family in Nelson Lancashire but the census of 1911 has them living in Normanton. It's clear from the report of the wedding that Tom was a resident of Normanton and the newly-weds intended to live there too.
Tom's best man was his cousin, the son of his aunt Alice Ashworth who was married to James Cooper in 1911. Confusingly, they named their children after themselves, James and Alice Cooper. There don't appear to have been any other members of Tom's family at the wedding.
The 1939 Register records Tom and May living at 10, Ashfield Street in Normanton. Tom was employed as a locomotive fireman and May ran the household. Their only child, a daughter Edith, was born in 1940.
Family anecdote tells that Tom and May relocated to Buxton in Derbyshire where Tom died in 1952 and May in 1964.
Edith qualified as a nurse and after her mother died, she emigrated to Australia.
This photo of Edith was in my mum's photo collection but apart from a name, there are no more details.
My mother kept in touch with her cousin Edith for a while after she left the UK but that eventually fizzled out and like so many family stories, that's as far as I can go.
In our family history photo collection are some more photos which seem like 1930s weddings.
My dad is the tall young man standing behind the groom in this photo but no idea at all who anyone else might be. My dad, Norman Buckle, was born in 1924 so probably late 1930s.
I don't know who anyone is in this photo but still maybe 1930s?
Don't know who this happy couple is but possibly 1940s?
And I think, looking at the suits, this wedding might be 1940s too. But I really don't know. Suggestions on a postcard please!
This is another 1930s wedding in Bacup, Lancashire.
The bride is my grandad's cousin Eva Ashworth.
The wedding is in 1938 and Eva has married Albert Howarth.
Eva is the only daughter of Richard Henry Ashworth and his wife Sarah Anne, nee Crowther.
Her brother is another Richard Ashworth.
Eva was born in 1905 and Albert, her new husband, was born in 1917.
The 1939 Register has them living at 16, Daisy Bank, Bacup, Lancashire.
Albert is employed as a "Sole Mulder Slipper Operative" and Eva works as a "Flat Machinist". I'm guessing that Mulder is a mis-transcription of Moulder and that Albert's job was moulding the soles of slippers from rubber or other material. Presumably flat machining is the sewing of items that lie flat such as cushion covers. Google hasn't helped much on a definition but there seems to be work even today as a flat machinist.
Eva and Albert certainly had a lavish wedding and although I can't identify anyone else in the photograph, I think the male on the right has a look of Tom in my first photo today and is probably another Ashworth.
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