Bairstow – Early


Saint Alban’s Church

Kathleen Margaret Early, born in 1939 in Rotherham, is my third cousin, once removed and daughter of Eric Early and Kathleen Mary Hanby.

Below is a newspaper article published a few days after her marriage to John Bairstow.



The marriage took place last Saturday at the Wickersley Parish Church of Miss Kathleen Margaret Early, only daughter of Mrs. K. M. Early, of 8, Gough Close, Wickersley Road, Rotherham, and the late Mr. E. Early, and Mr. John Graham Bairstow, only son of Mr. and Mrs. L. Bairstow, of 25, Woodsetts Road, North Anston, Cannon W. Sorby Briggs officiated, and the organist was Mr. S. Briggs.

Given away by her uncle, Mr. H. Early, the bride wore a full-length dress of white brocade, with a head-dress of white roses, and a shoulder-length veil. She carried a bouquet of pink roses. She was attended by Miss Janet Lloyd and Miss Sally Bairstow (bridegroom’s sister), who wore dresses of blue brocade, and carried bouquets of pink and white carnations.


Brecks Hotel

The best man was Dr. Robert Berrington, the groomsman was Mr. J. Salmon, and the usher was Mr. J. J. Whenray.

A reception for 54 guests was held at the Brecks Hotel, Rotherham. The bride’s mother wore a blue flowered grosgrain two-piece with white accessories, and the bridegroom’s mother wore a green two-piece trimmed with mink, with bronze-coloured accessories. The honeymoon is being spent at St. Ives, Cornwall, the bride travelling in a blue suit with white accessories. The couple will reside at 31, Toll Lane, Laughton.

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.