Curious Hundleby Wedding Ceremony 1837

A Curious Wedding

Ceremony at Hundleby in 1837

The following is a report of the curious wedding between John Lotherington and Susannah Taylor, which took place in Hundleby 175 years ago and may be of interest to many. It was on October 26th, 1837:

At Hundleby, near Spilsby, on Thursday the 26th ult. (by the Rev. J. Morley, of Raithby), John Lotherington, bricklayer, to Susan Taylor, of the same place.

The bridegroom being one of the workmen now employed in the building of the Spilsby Union Workhouse, the whole of the workmen (consisting of upwards of 40) struck work for the day, and attended the nuptial pair to and from Church in rather a singular manner: Marmaduke Blakeson rode upon a pony covered with a sheet, wearing staff with a lath, hammer, and trowel: Mr Blakeson, the foreman, with a square and the union upon it: the foreman of the joiners with a board in his hand, inscribed ‘Love is stronger than Death’: another carried one with ‘The Union – happy pair’.

Six of the bricklayers with trowels stuck in their aprons followed, bearing six coloured flags: and the rest of the workmen with their white aprons tow and two, and the Paddies with mortar, bricks, hods, sieves, plumb lines etc. the sawyers with adzes on their shoulders and handsaws in their hands.

One of the men played the fiddle, and another rang a small bell.

Such a procession on a marriage ceremony had not been witnessed in the neighbourhood of the oldest person living, and as it was generally known through the village, old and young attended.

On the parties leaving the church, the square was held up, and they passed under: the men then attended them home, and threw down their motar and bricks on the road, where they laid a foundation and said the superstructure should be in the form of a square.

‘Begone dull care’ was sung over it in a laughable manner.

The whole then gave three cheers and returned to the Malster’s Arms.

Two men afterwards ran for four yards of white ribbon, which was given to the bride on the following morning, the man who won it wearing it through the day.

The day was spent with much mirth and joviality, amidst the ringing of the bells until ten at night, when they retired to their respective homes, highly gratified with the diversion.

Source: Skegness Standard 29th November 1922


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