A wedding to identify

Phil and Liz, who recently celebrated their Golden Wedding and who have lived in and around Lavington and Easterton for all of their lives, recently gave us this photo. It’s a very washed out photo of a wedding and Phil and Liz had no idea when, where or who. So now we, as well as they, require help from our readers.

Washed out wedding phot. It's hard to make out much of it!

Washed out wedding photo. It’s hard to make out much of it!

Well obviously nobody can do much with that original image but a few moments with a graphics program produced this.

Same photo, digitally enhanced and now recognisable as Market Lavington

Same photo, digitally enhanced and now recognisable as Market Lavington

There seemed more chance of identifying things in it now – and we have.

It is in Market Lavington. The house just behind the bride is Spring Villa. Above the coachman’s hat we see Ramscliffe. The railings visible at the left are part of the churchyard fence. The rather odd looking shelter has a tarpaulin which we think had come from or belonged to Neate and Son who look to have been house furnishers of Devizes. They were certainly trading around the start of the twentieth century. The April 9th 2015 Devizes Gazette and Herald actually has a 1906 nostalgia photo of their premises. It may give some clue to the date of the wedding.

The tarpaulin belonged to a company we know was in business in 1906

The tarpaulin belonged to a company we know was in business in 1906

We might even make the people a bit more recognisable although the photographer has not managed to get front views of faces.

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There we see the bride and below we have the bowler hatted gent and the police sergeant.

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Liz’s mother had been a Miss Fitch and Liz wondered if the coachman might be one of her Fitch relatives who was a coachman.

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Other possible surnames in the photo are Merritt or (less likely) Francis.

Do get in touch if you are able to help us.

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