Bucks Standard 08 September 1923



There was a full congregation at Gayhurst Parish Church on Saturday afternoon last when a wedding of unusual local interest was solemnised. The bride was Miss Grace Clara Crawley, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Crawley of Bunstye Farm, who during their short residence at Gayhurst have become very popular and have made many friends, and the bridegroom was Mr. Herbert J. Markham, the third son of Mrs. Markham and the late James Markham, of the Manor Farm, Castlethorpe, a family who have had long and honoured association with agriculture in North Bucks and are well known and highly esteemed over a wide district. Mr. Markham saw a great deal of active service with the 13th Hussars in the great war. The Church had been tastefully decorated with choice pot plants and flowers from the conservatories at Gayhurst House and arranged by Mr. Simpson, Mr. Walter Carlile’s head gardener. Mr. F. F. Freshwater presided at the organ and played appropriate music as the guests were assembling, and at the close of the interesting service he gave a fine rendering of the “Wedding March.” The service was choral and was conducted by the Rev. C. Stafford-Jones (rector of the parish). The hymns sung were, “O Father, all creating” and “O perfect love.” The bride was given away by her father, who looked charming in a gown of white charmeuse satin with veil and wreath of orange blossom, and carrying a sheaf of lilies. Her chief attendant maids were Miss Marjorie S. Cassidy and Miss Gladys Jefferson who were dressed in green crepe de chene and black silk tulle hats. Two little girls Marcelle Markham and Lennie Geary made a pretty picture in jade green crepe de chene frocks and wearing silver wreaths on their heads. The two older bridesmaids carried bouquets of yellow rosebuds, and the children had baskets of the same popular and beautiful flower. All four wore gold brooches the gift of the bridegroom. Mr. Hubert Sheen, who served with the bridegroom in the 13th Hussars during the war, was best man. After the ceremony a reception was held at Bunstye Farm, about 50 guests being present. Subsequently the bride and groom motored to Castlethorpe station where they took the 4.16 p.m. train for Llandudno where the honeymoon is being spent. The bride travelled in a navy costume and fox furs, the latter being a gift to her from the bridegroom. A large number of costly and useful presents were received.