A bride in Jasmine


I remembered the June 1963 aerial image supplied by Gareth Thomas, courtesy of Lichfield District Council. This shows Jasmine Cottage quite clearly (right, centre) and the disused sewage works (down, and even further to the right). Click for a larger version.

Here’s an excellent find sent to me this morning by Peter ‘Pedro’ Cutler, in response to my somewhat tenuous enquiry about Jasmine Cottage.

What I considered last night to be a minor, possibly very limited enquiry has, in true Brownhills Blog style, turned up some real gems – thanks to all the contributors on this subject. As ever, I’m indebted to Pedro. I must owe him a full reservoir of beer by now…

This is an interesting piece. If someone more sartorially versed than I could explain the terms used to describe the outfits, I’d be very happy. It would be interesting to know if Amy Palmer was notable, or if any of her work survives (I guess it’s just possible Amy may still be with us, but unlikely).

I wonder if any pictures of Jasmine Cottage exist? I don’t remember it, I must confess; but to have a ‘Tennis Lawn’, it must have been a fairly grand affair. These people were clearly well to do, and it seems odd that a house with tennis lawn would have been overlooking a grubby coal wharf.

This just goes to show, when you start out with an enquiry, you never know where it might lead…


From the Lichfield Mercury, Friday, 25th September 1936. As found by Peter ‘Pedro’ Cutler. What a star he is… click for a larger version.

A NUMBER of promiaent Brownhills and Cannock Chase people were present at a wedding celebrated at Holy Cross Church, Lichfield, on Saturday, when Mr. Hugh McGuire, younger son of Mrs. McGuire and the late Mr. James McGuire, of Ashted, Birmingham, was married to Miss Mary Arnott, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Arnott, of Jasmine Cottage, Brownhills.

The bride was educated at the Friary School, Lichfield, and her parents are very well known in the Chase district, where Mr. Amott is connected with the Cannock Chase Colliery Compeny and haa played a large part in social and sporting events organiaed by the Colliery, serving on a number of committees.

The bridegroom was fonnerly on the staff of the Midland Bank, Lichfield and is now at the Ashby-de·la-Zouch office.

The service was conducted by the Rev. B. McDonnell and the bridegroom’s brother, Mr. Bernard McGuire, played wedding music on the organ.

The bride, who was given away by her father, looked charming in an ensemble of love-in-a-mist blue tinsel cloque; the full sleeves to the elbow were faced with silver lamé, which also formed lapels on the coatee. The picture hat was of the same tone, while she wore silver shoes. Her bouquet was of pale pink roses.

Miss Mary Day, the bridesmaid, wore a beige fancy herildique fabric ensemble, which was underlined shell pink, with picture hat to match, and carried a bouquet of deeper pink carnations.

The bride’s mother was gowned in amethyst cloque, with hat to match, and carried cream roses; while the bridegroom’s mother wore a brown fancy gown with brown coat.

The best man was Mr. P. Duffy.

After the ceremony a reception waa held at Jasmine Cottage, Brownhills (the bride’s home), where a marquee had been erected on the tennis lawn; and afterwards the newly married pair left by car for South Devon. The costumes were all made and designed by Amy Palmer, Lichfield.

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5 Responses to A bride in Jasmine

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  2. The descriptions baffle me, I’m afraid, but I would have loved to have seen a blue tinsel cloque…

  3. Christopher McGuire says:

    How delightful to read a cutting of my parents’ wedding. The photo is too indistinct to recognise anybody except my grandfather WW Arnott (Whit) and it is not a photo in the family archives which contain pictures of the wedding party with their backs to the front door of Jasmine Cottage which was sideways to the road. The lawn had indeed been a tennis court on the south side of the house but certainly not used post war. The garden on the north side which stretched to the railway line was a pretty big kitchen garden with several damson and plum trees at the railway end. The land to the east of the garden was fallow but contained a pond where water cress grew. The house belonged to the colliery company where my grandfather was/had been the manager of the wharf and after his death in 1949 my grandmother continued to live in the house until she died in 1959. The marriage was fruitful with 5 children of which I am No 4. Both my parents died in the 1990s well into their eighties. I have also posted on the connecting article “The scent of jasmine”.

  4. Mary Arnott says:

    Hello Chris, .Mary Arnott calling. It was great to read your comment on memories of Jasmine Cottage – your grandfather Whit Arnott was brother to my grandfather George Alexander so you and I have the same great grandfather. My parents George and Winifred lived at Jasmine from l960 – 68 and I lived with them briefly in 65 whilst my husband and I were house hunting in Rugby. My husband remembers helping dad and my brother Anthony to help clear a very overgrown garden which must have been beautiful in its heyday. I remember uncle Whit and also your uncle Ralph although I was only l2 when your grandfather died. Mrs. Meacham, who used to visit your grandmother daily was still living in one of the cottages when mum and dad moved in. I now live in Rugby and it would be nice to hear from you. Kind regards Mary Mills (nee Arnott).

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