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…
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.