Thompson – Early

Doncaster Road Congregational Church, Rotherham - 19.08.07 (1)

Doncaster Road Congregational Church

Bessie Early, born in 1922 in Rotherham, is my second cousin, twice removed and daughter of Ernest Albert Early and Catherine Westwood.

Below is a newspaper article published shortly after Bessie’s marriage to Denis Thompson.


THOMPSON – EARLY. – On July 26th, 1947, at Doncaster Road Congregational Church, by the Rev. D. Brameld, Bessie, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Early, 2, Broom Crescent, Rotherham, and Denis, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Thompson, 141, Middle Avenue, Rawmarsh.



The Kloof

The marriage of Miss Bessie Early, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Early, of “The Kloof,” 2, Broom Crescent, Rotherham, to Mr. Denis Thompson, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Thompson, of 141, Middle Avenue, Rawmarsh, took place last Saturday at the Doncaster Road Congregational Church, Rotherham.

The Rev. D. C. Brameld, of Felstead, Essex, officiated at the choral service.

Wearing a gown of ivory moire taffeta, with an embroidered veil held in place by a cornet of orange blossom, the bride was given away by her father. She carried a bouquet of tea roses.

Miss Brenda Birks was the chief bridesmaid and other attendants were Miss D. Richardson and Miss M. Nelson.

The best man was Mr. E. Heald, and the groomsmen were Mr. G. Early (bride’s brother) and Mr. J. Thompson (bridegroom’s brother).

John Podmore & June Thompson

All Saints' Church (Minster), Rotherham - 10.03.14 (2)

All Saints’ Church

John Podmore, born in 1930 in Rotherham, is my fourth cousin, once removed and son of Samuel Podmore and Elizabeth May Ogden.

Below is a newspaper article published shortly after John’s marriage to June Thompson. Although the newspaper article does not state where they married, John’s cousin, Ray Hill, remembered attending as a young boy and believes that All Saints’ Church, Rotherham, was the location.



A stylish feature of the wedding of Miss June Thompson, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. Thompson, 24, Bentley Street, Rotherham, to Mr. John Podmore, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. S. Podmore, 44, Saville Street, Dalton, were the fans carried by the bridesmaids. The fans were in white taffeta, edged with net, and attached to them were sprays of anemones. The Rev. E. G. Hazelton officiated.

Given away by her father, the bride wore a gown of white spotted net over white nylon, with bunches of orange blossom trimming her Dutch bonnet. Her full-length net veil was embroidered, and she carried a bouquet of red roses and lilies of the valley.

The four bridesmaids were Miss Marion Podmore (bridegroom’s sister) and Miss Sylvia Ward, who were in pink water-waved taffeta, and Miss Florence Ogden (bridegroom’s cousin) and Miss Dora Russell, who wore blue taffeta. All wore white taffeta Dutch bonnets.

Mr. T. Podmore (bridegroom’s brother) was the best man, and the groomsmen were Mr. W. Kemp and Mr. R. Thompson (bride’s brother).