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|Order of Ceremony|
Ceremony performed by Alan Clarke and Geraldine Hughes, Cheshire Registration Services. Harp played by Ceinwen Roberts.
Salut D'Amour - Elgar
Welcome and Introduction
Reading by Clare O'Donnell
Foundations of Marriage (Regina Hill)
Love, trust, and forgiveness are the foundations of marriage. In marriage, many days will bring happiness, while other days may be sad. But together, two hearts can overcome everything... In marriage, all of the moments won't be exciting or romantic, and sometimes worries and anxiety will be overwhelming. But together, two hearts that accept will find comfort together. Recollections of past joys, pains, and shared feelings will be the glue that holds everything together during even the worst and most insecure moments. Reaching out to each other as a friend, and becoming the confidant and companion that the other one needs, is the true magic and beauty of any two people together. It's inspiring in each other a dream or a feeling, and having faith in each other and not giving up... even when all the odds say to quit. It's allowing each other to be vulnerable, to be himself or herself, even when the opinions or thoughts aren't in total agreement or exactly what you'd like them to be. It's getting involved and showing interest in each other, really listening and being available, the way any best friend should be. Exactly three things need to be remembered in a marriage if it is to be a mutual bond of sharing, caring, and loving throughout life: love, trust, and forgiveness.
Exchange of Rings
Reading by Gill Beton
Advice from The Good Wives Guide 1950
Always have his dinner ready, plan ahead even the night before to have a delicious meal ready on time for his return. This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home and the prospect of a good meal is part of the warm welcome needed. Prepare yourself: take 15 minutes to rest so youíll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up and put a ribbon in your hair. Be a little gay and interesting for him, his boring day may need a lift. Clear up the clutter and run a dust cloth over the tables. Over the cooler months of the year you should prepare and light a fire for him to unwind by. Catering for his comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction. Minimise all noise, at the time of his arrival, be happy to see him, greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to see him. Listen to him. You may have a dozen important things to tell him, but remember his topics of conversation are more important than yours. Make the evening his, never complain if he comes home late or goes out to dinner without you. Donít greet him with problems or complain if he is late for dinner or if indeed he stays out all night. Count this as minor compared to what he might have gone through that day. Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair, or lie down in the bedroom, arrange his pillows and take off his shoes. Donít ask him questions about his actions or question his judgement or integrity. Remember he is the master of the house and as such will always exercise his will with fairness and truthfulness. You have no right to question him. A good wife always knows her place.
Signing of the Register
Canon - Pachelbel
Exit of the Bride & Groom
Trumpet Voluntary - Clarke
Crewe Hall Long Gallery
Warm Plum Tomato and Pesto Tart
finished with Rocket Oil and Rock Salt
Traditional Roast Sirloin of Beef
with Yorkshire Pudding and Red Wine Jus
Thai Style Spring Roll
with Chinese Leaves, Sweetened Chilli and Coconut (v)
Tian of Homemade Meringues
with Strawberry and Grand Marnier Scented Cream
Coffee and Sweetmeats
|A History of Crewe Hall|
actual site of the Mansion dates back as far as 1170, but this is not the
Mansion we see today. It came into the Crewe Family in 1608, and was in such a
state of decay that in 1615 Sir Randolph Crewe had it demolished and rebuilt.
It was completed some twenty one years later in 1636. The general character of
the Mansion owes much to the employment of Flemish, Italian and other foreign
craftsmen. It was restored and extended in 1837.
In 1866 the interior of Crewe Hall was practically burnt out, the fire being caused by one of the wooden beams under one of the then three fireplaces in the Long Gallery catching alight. The rebuilding, within the existing walls which survived the fire, was entrusted by Hungerford (Third Baron Crewe) to Edward Barry, son of the architect of the Houses of Parliament. Barry was architect to many famous buildings, such as Covent Garden Theatre, the Great Ormond Street Childrenís Hospital, Charring Cross Station and Hotel and was the architect in charge from 1860 to 1870 at the final work on the Houses of Parliament. An extension known as the West Wing was added, this included the Tower, which is now a prominent landmark. Hungerford Crewe could not resist the temptation to add a wealth of mid-Victorian ornamentation, stone was replaced by alabaster and marble, leaded panes gave way to stained glass windows and elaborate designs were executed in plasterwork.
Prior to 1922 when the Crewe family left, there would have been around one hundred servants in the Hall - it had one hundred and ninety rooms. There were twenty gardeners growing all the produce for the house in the thirty acre walled garden. There was the Home Farm and in addition approximately fifty farms and two hundred cottages in the immediate locality.
In 1931 Lord Crewe had no heir to the title, only two daughters, and so he offered the Hall and the surrounding estates to Cheshire County Council, but they declined the offer. Lord Crewe eventually sold the Hall and the bulk of the estate to the Duchy of Lancaster in 1936.
Until 1998 Crewe Hall remained the property of the Duchy of Lancaster and as such belonged to the Crown. In 1955 The Queen, together with the Duke of Edinburgh visited Crewe Hall in her capacity as Duke of Lancaster, whilst touring the Duchy Estates in Cheshire.
From 1939 to 1946 Crewe Hall was occupied by the War Department. Many Australian, Canadian and American troops were housed in the Hall and grounds at various times throughout the last three years of military occupation. It was used as a prisoner of war camp for over two thousand high ranking German Officers.
After the war the Hall was leased to Calmic (a medicines company) who were then taken over by The Wellcome Foundation in 1970. Wellcome vacated the building in 1994 and it stood empty until purchased as a completely empty building, devoid of carpets, furniture, lighting, books and pictures in February 1998. The West Wing was added in 2001 and in July 2003 the Hall was sold to Marston Hotels.