Marriage of Miss Bettie Eggleton

Tuesday, September 19, 1899

The marriage of Miss Bessie EGGLETON, daughter of Mr. Henry David EGGLETON, of Hill Farm, Chinnor, to Mr. E.W. CLARKE, eldest son of Mr. Thomas Chapman CLARKE, of Bishopstone, near Aylesbury, took place at the Congregational Church, Chinnor, on Wednesday last [September 13th]. The event aroused considerable interest in the usually quiet village, and long before the time announced for the ceremony, twelve o’clock, approaches to the church were thickly lined. The Rev. H. MUNTON, the pastor, officiated. The best man was Mr. John CHAPMAN, of Rycote, Thame. The church was beautifully decorated, which choice flowers and the service was choral, Mr. W.H. COCKS presiding at the organ. The bride was attired in a dress of ivory duchess satin (and train), trimmed with embroidered Lisse and plumes, in addition to a bridal veil and a coronet of orange blossom. Her jewellery consisted of two gold bracelets, one curb and one plain, and she carried a choice shower bouquet of delicate white flowers and ferns, gifts from the bridegroom. There were six bridesmaids in attendance, Miss ROSE, Miss CLARKE (sister of the bridegroom), Miss BIRT (cousin of the bride), Miss Florrie MCINTOSH, Miss Emily MCINTOSH, and Miss Muriel MCINTOSH (nieces of the bridegroom). These young ladies looked very pretty, attired in dresses of white silk, trimmed with cream heather, Torchon lace, and insertion, with gold Scotch silk sashes. Miss ROSE, Miss CLARKE, Miss BIRT, and Miss Florrie MCINTOSH wore Leghorn hats, adorned with white chiffon, feathers, and yellow chrysanthemums. Miss ROSE and Miss CLARKE’S jewellery were gold brooches with pendant hearts, set with turquoise and pearls, and each carried a shower bouquet of white and yellow chrysanthemums and ferns, both gifts from the bridegroom. Miss BIRT and Miss MCINTOSH wore gold brooches set with pearls, and carried shower bouquets of white and yellow chrysanthemums, also gifts from the bridegroom. The youthful Misses Emily and Muriel MCINTOSH, who added considerably to the picturesque scene, were presented with gold brooches set with pearls and carried baskets of white and yellow marguerites, which were also gifts from the bridegroom. The two little damsels wore Leghorn hats, trimmed with white chiffon and marguerites. Mrs. EGGLETON (mother of the bride) and Mrs. CLARKE (mother of the bridegroom) also carried neatly arranged shower bouquets of flowers. The wedding breakfast was provided at the residence of the bride’s parents, there being a large number of invited guests. About five o’clock Mr. and Mrs. E.W. CLARKE left Hill Farm amidst a host of congratulations and showers of confetti, for London en route for Llandudno, North Wales, where the honeymoon will be spent. Mrs. CLARKE’s travelling dress was of fawn material embroidered with applique trimming and white bebe ribbon, and she also wore a white feather boa and a black sequin hat, trimmed with feather and tulle and gold buckle, turned up with magenta poppies. Throughout the afternoon and evening the bells of the Parish Church rang in honour of the occasion. There were a large number of presents of a costly and recherché description.

The following contribution, congratulatory of the happy event, has been sent to us for publication:—

The bright morn has dawn’d, and the sun in its glory
Hath shone on the pair who have plighted their troth;
May that happy omen continue for ever,
And bind them in old age as well as in youth.
‘Tis the wish of our hearts who have known her from childhood,
That he who has gain’d her, long, long may possess her;
Then let all help to say on her glad bridal day,
“Here’s a health to the bride, God bless her.”

The village miss her, a void will be felt
In school, in concert and choir,
Where her sweet voice was heard in praise of the Lord,
And with no ostentatious desire,
So gentle was she, and good natured to all,
It would take me some time to express her,
So let all help to say on her glad bridal day,
“Here’s a health to the bride, God bless her.”

And a blessing on him who has gain’d her young heart,
May he ever prosperous be !
May their home be so happy, and each take a part,
Then troubles and cares will soon flee;
Then ring out, ye bells, may your sound gladly cheer,
So than no leaving home may depress her,
Then let all take a part in a wish from the heart,
“Here’s a health to the bride, God bless her.”
                                        E.B., Chinnor

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