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Marriage of Jane Slade & Francis Strickland

Hastings & St. Leonards Times - Saturday 06 July 1878

MARRIAGE OF MISS SLADE. On Wednesday morning last the Robertson street Congregational Church was crowded in every part, on the occasion of the marriage of Mr. Francis Strickland, youngest son of Mr. Edmund Strickland, of Preston House, to Miss Jane Elizabeth Slade, elder daughter of Mr. William Slade, of Wellington place.  Considering the prominent part which the bride and her parents have taken in the Sunday School, the Mothers' Meetings, the Young Women's Christian Association, and other organisations connected with the Robertson -street Church, together with the respect which is entertained towards the relatives of the happy pair, it is no matter of surprise that there was such a large congregation, and that a special degree of interest was manifested in the event.

  Several well-equipped carriages, supplied by Mr. Coverly, conveyed the bridal party to the church.  The bride wore a white silk dress, trimmed with white satin and orange blossoms, a wreath of a wreath of white heath and orange blossoms, and an  embroidered tulle veil. There were five bridesmaids, namely, Miss Holroyd, Miss Rosina Strickland, Miss Georgiana Strickland, Miss Urquart and Miss Amy Slade.  The bridesmaids were uniformly attired in white cashmere and satin, trimmed with wild roses and ivy, and Sir Joshua Reynolds caps. The groomsmen were Mr. George Strickland, Mr, William Slade, jun., Mr. R. E Slade, Mr. Roland Strickland, and Mr. Edward Notcutt.  Mr. Dean presided at the organ, and before the commencement of the ceremony the hymn by Keble, "The voice that breathed o'er Eden,'' was sung by a large choir of ladies and gentlemen, who had kindly offered their services.

  The ceremony was conducted by the Rev. W. Guest, of Gravesend, and the Rev. James Griffin pronounced the benediction.  At the close of the service the bridal party returned to the residence of the bride's father, where dejeuner was provided for upwards of thirty guests, including those above named and the following [various Slades and Stricklands and the two ministers]  The bride-cake and other confectionery was supplied by Mrs. Pitt, of 5, Bank buildings. The bride and bridegroom shortly afterwards left for Scotland to spend the honeymoon, amid the best wishes of a very wide circle of friends.

  Several yachts were gaily decorated with bunting in honour of the event; and among them the Vesper, belonging to Mr. George Strickland, was an object of special attention, as it lay at anchor off the Queen's Hotel.  After the departure of the bride and bridegroom, some of the guests drove in waggonettes to Pevensey, and others accepted an invitation from Mr. Strickland to proceed thither by sea.  The Vesper was soon under sail; but it was almost as soon found that, owing to the entire absence of wind, the sea trip would have to be abandoned.  Opposite Warrior-square the yacht became quite becalmed, and the party, which included Mr. Slade, had to land and proceed to by rail.  The return journey was more speedily accomplished, after a pleasant afternoon had been spent.  The presents from above one hundred relatives and friends, were numerous and costly, including silver plate, dinner, dessert and tea services, bronzes, vases, scent jars, flower pots, dressing case, mosaic work-box, work tames, stationery cabinets, inkstands, mirrors framed leather work, several oil paintings, etc. etc.

Francis Strickland - Obituary