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The marriage of Muriel White and William Sheffield, Quorn, 8th September 1921

Muriel Hilda White was born in Quorn in 1893, one of five children of George and Mary Ann White. The family were very well known and respected in Quorn. George worked for Woolley, Beardsley and Bosworth solicitors for 50 years between 1869 and 1919; he was also Clerk to Quorndon Urban District Council, house agent and held several other positions. Muriel lost two of her three brothers in WW1. The family lived at Rose Cottage which was later demolished and became a petrol station, before the site was redeveloped again, and is now three houses (21, 21a and 21b Loughborough Road).

On 8th September 1921, when she was 28, Muriel married 30 year old William Lupton Sheffield in St Bartholomew’s Church, Quorn. The photograph was provided by Muriel’s grandson and was taken as the happy couple left the Church.

The local press reported on the wedding:

Mr W L Sheffield to Miss Muriel Hilda White

A very pretty wedding was celebrated on Thursday at St Bartholomew’s Church, Quorn, the bride being Miss Muriel Hilda White, younger daughter of Mr and Mrs Geo. White, of Rose Cottage, Quorn, and the bridegroom, Mr William Lupton Sheffield, MRCVS, third son of Ald. Joseph Sheffield, OBE, JP, and Mrs Sheffield of Quorn House, Harrogate.

There was a large attendance of residents of the district, and the service, which was fully choral, was conducted by the Rev H H Rumsey, vicar. Miss Callis played appropriate music, and the hymns ‘Come heavenly dove’, and ‘Love Divine’ were sung. The bride and her family are greatly respected throughout the district, the bride having rendered good service from a musical point of view at local hospitals during the war. She has also been lady captain of the Quorn Tennis Club, and among the many valuable presents was a set of cut glass from the tennis members. The bridegroom served in France and Palestine from 1914 to 1919 as veterinary officer to a cavalry division, and since demobilisation has been veterinary inspector for the Board of Agriculture in the Nottingham district. The bride, who was given away by her brother, Mr G Cecil White, wore a beautiful ivory charmeuse dress, trimmed with old lace, and her veil was lent by the bridegroom’s mother. Her bouquet was a magnificent sheath of Madonna lilies. Her present from the bridegroom was a set of furs, and she presented to the bridegroom a gold pin and motor gloves.

The bridesmaids were Miss D Sheffield, sister of the bridegroom, Miss Greta Sheffield, niece, and Miss Mary Swain, niece of the bride. Miss D Sheffield was dressed in mauve charmeuse, with overskirt of coffee lace and hat to match, while the younger bridesmaids wore frocks of mauve organdie muslin, with caps, and carried Victorian posies of statis and dahlias, and wore gold bangles, the gift of the bridegroom. The best man was Mr Thomas T J Sheffield of Middlesbrough. Mrs White, the bride’s mother, wore a dress of mauve charmeuse with black hat, and her bouquet was of pink roses, and the bridegroom’s mother wore a black charmeuse dress, with a bouquet of Gloria Dijon roses.”

Note: Charmeuse is a lighter weight form of satin, made of silk.

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 Submitted on: 2014-07-05
 Submitted by: Andrew Sheffield
 Artefact ID: 1839
 Artefact URL: www.quornmuseum.com/display.php?id=1839
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