A Rotherham Bride in Village Ceremony


Eric Early & Kathleen M. Hanby

In 1936, Eric Early, my second cousin, twice removed, married Kathleen Mary Hanby in the Church of Saint Mary Magdalene, Whiston, Rotherham. Below are a couple of newspaper articles published shortly after their marriage.




The wedding took place in the Whiston Parish Church on Monday of Miss Kathleen Mary Hanby, younger daughter of Mr. Wm. Hanby, of 78-80, Wellgate, and “Havenhurst,” Moorgate, Rotherham, and the late Mrs. Hanby, to Mr. Eric Early, second son of Mr. and Mrs. F. Early, of “Kyngeston,” Bawtry Road, Rotherham.

The Rev. H. C. May, of Wickersley, officiated.


Church of Saint Mary Magdalene

Rust was the colour motif of the bridal party, and was featured in the apparel of the bride and bridesmaid, the bride’s sister, and the mother of the bridegroom.

Given away by her father, the bride wore a gown of patterned blue georgette and straw hat to match. Her bouquet was of lemon-coloured roses.

The bridegroom’s only sister, Miss Mabel Early, was the bridesmaid, wearing a dress of shell pink patterned georgette. Her straw hat toned, and she carried variegated sweet peas.

Mr. Clifford Early, M.Sc. (brother of the bridegroom), was the best man, and the ushers were Mr. Leonard Early and Mr. A. Hawley.


Havenhurst, Moorgate

After the ceremony, a reception was held at “Havenhurst,” where the bride’s sister received the guests in a silk suit and picture hat. The mother of the bridegroom had chosen a toilette of black crepe and red roses.

Later, the bride and bridegroom left for their touring honeymoon in Devon and Cornwall, the bride travelling in a costume and hat of navy blue. Her gift to the bridegroom was a Revelation suit case. The bridegroom presented the bride with a dressing table set in enamel and to the bridesmaid he gave a brush and comb set in enamel.

EARLY – HANBY. – On August 17th, 1936, at Whiston Church by the Rev. H. C. May, Eric, the second son of Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Early, of “Kyngeston,” Bawtry Road, Rotherham, to Kathleen Mary, younger daughter of Mr. W. Hanby and the late Mrs. Hanby, of “Havenhurst,” Moorgate, Rotherham.

Thanks are owed to Ali Morse for the photo of Havenhurst house.

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