Heritage: Could your wedding album add to our history haul?

Davis, Lane and Bailey families of Boxmoor Ironworks, Marlowes on August 16, 1871. 'Matilda Davis '  daughter of the Ironworks' founder, James Davis ' in the centre, and she is marrying James Lane, to her left, who joined the family firm before the couple emigrated to New Zealand in 1891. 'The bridesmaids were likely to be Matilda's sisters, Elizabeth and Emma Davis. Other families present were the Orchards, Olivers and Taplins.
Davis, Lane and Bailey families of Boxmoor Ironworks, Marlowes on August 16, 1871. 'Matilda Davis ' daughter of the Ironworks' founder, James Davis ' in the centre, and she is marrying James Lane, to her left, who joined the family firm before the couple emigrated to New Zealand in 1891. 'The bridesmaids were likely to be Matilda's sisters, Elizabeth and Emma Davis. Other families present were the Orchards, Olivers and Taplins.

Everyone loves a family wedding, and even if the sun did not shine, the photographs were taken and proudly circulated around family and friends.

There must be hundreds ofsuch images tucked away in drawers, old albums or hidden in the attics, all over Dacorum.

These images show some of the changing fashions over time for such grand events.

Large bouquets and long veils were once obligatory, and men wore uniform where possible. Buttonholes and best hats were also on display and bridesmaids, often younger family members, added to the picture.

Our picture features from the Davis, Lane and Bailey families who were all connected with the Boxmoor Ironworks.

It was taken at the wedding reception in the Marlowes on August 16, 1871.

It has Matilda Davis – daughter of the Ironworks’ founder, James Davis – in the centre, and she is marrying James Lane, to her left, who joined the family firm before the couple emigrated to New Zealand in 1891.

The bridesmaids were likely to be Matilda’s sisters, Elizabeth and Emma Davis. Other families present were the Orchards, Olivers and Taplins.

Do you have any information on these families, or any memorable wedding photos taken in Dacorum? Contact curator@dacorumheritage.org.uk