My parents' wedding

Stoughton 1929

By Beryl Tucknott

Photo:St Mary's, Stoughton on 5 August 1929

St Mary's, Stoughton on 5 August 1929

Private Collection

My mother, Rose Lillywhite, the eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs T.R. Lillywhite married my father, William Speed, eldest son of Mr and Mrs J. Speed of Viaduct Road, Brighton. This account is from the local paper at the time:

A pretty wedding was solemnized (at St Mary's, Stoughton on 5 August 1929) on August Bank Holiday at the picturesque village of Stoughton, nestling among the South Downs. 

The bride who was given away by her father, looked charming in a dress of white Milanese. Her veil of white embroidered net was surmounted by a coronet of orange blossom and silver, and she carried a bouquet of carnations and foliage. Her only jewellery was a sapphire and diamond pendant, the gift of the bridgegroom.

The bridesmaids Misses Edie, Pat and Fay (Frances) Lillywhite (sisters of the bride) and Miss Winnie Russell (friend of the bride). They were prettily dressed in powder blue ray de chine, trimmed with dainty lace.  Wreaths of silver leaves adorned their heads, and they carried bouquet of pink roses. Their gold initialled wristlets were gifts from the bridgegroom.

Mr John Hunter (friend of the bridegroom) carried out the duties of best man.

Numerous friends and relations gathered at the bride's home for the reception.

The bride's going away dress was of crushed strawberry chenille, with a chocolate brown hat and coat.

The happy couple received numerous presents.

This page was added on 16/03/2006.
Comments about this page

The Rootschat website (Sussex section) has a lot about the Brighton Tucknotts, including those that returned after emigrating to Canada and one who once worked for the Brighton Loco works and lived to be 101.
Any connection?

By Roy Grant
On 29/12/2007

Hello Beryl,

I was interested to read about your parents' wedding as I am looking at weddings during the 1929-39 period. Do you know where your mother got her wedding dress from?

By Florence Edwards
On 09/01/2009

Hi Beryl I have just found your very interesting pages on the internet and I am pretty sure you must be my 3rd cousin once removed.

By Sheena Welsh nee Mackay
On 05/02/2010

Hello Sheena

Many thanks for making contact, it's always good to hear from relations. Could I ask are you decended from the Speed or Lillywhite branch of the family and which family member connects me to you? I very much look forward to your reply.

By Beryl Tucknott
On 27/02/2010

Dear Beryl, I am the daughter of Melville Baker who was raised by Edith May Farnden or as I know her Auntie Edie!!! Dad had given me a copy of an article you had written "Apples a pound, pears"about wartime in Brighton. I very much enjoy learning and researching family history and came across this site and am just so excited to find it and look at all your lovely photos!!! I remember coming to Brighton as a child on the train to visit I am sure you and Auntie Rose? I remember eating pink homemade ice cream and going on all the rides at the seafront. My sisters and I look forward to the trip every year. IT would be wonderful to hear from you and I am now living in the USA but will be visiting Mum and Dad in May this year 2011. lots of love to you, Allison xxxxx

By Allison Baker Krimminger
On 18/03/2011