FREDK. G.FOWKE, ESQ., AND MISS C. E. CONANT.
situated village of Lyndon was en fete on Saturday, and all Nature also seemed
to have conspired in putting on her brightest garb to celebrate such an
auspicious event as the marriage morning of Miss Cecilia Eva the sixth daughter
of E. N. Conant, Esq., of Lyndon Hall, to Frederick Gustavus Fowke, Esq., of
Lowesby Hall Leicestershire, the eldest son of Sir Frederick T. Fowke, Bart.,
and the representative of one of the oldest and most honoured families in that
ceremony was fixed for half-past eleven, and punctually at that time the
bridegroom arrived and took up his position near the chancel, which was very
prettily decorated with magnolias, roses, and other flowers, with his best man
(Mr. Curzon, of Lockington Hall). The bride followed,. attended by her eight
bridesmaids, and the ceremony was at once commenced by the Rev. H. Berners
Upcher, rector of Dingley assisted in the closing prayers by the Rev. F. Orme,
MA., rector of the parish, the bride being given away by her father. The Church
was crowded during the service by visitors and friends, and on leaving
Mendelssohn's Wedding March was excellently played by Mr. R. T. Layton,
organist of St. George's. Stamford, while the bride was presented at the door
with a handsome bouquet by Mr. Bent, one of the largest of the Lowesby
tenantry, and an old retainer of Sir Fredericks family. The bride was attired
in a white satin dress' with cuirasse bodice and slashed sleeves trimmed with
Brussels lace and orange flowers, a wreath of orange flowers and tulle veil in
her hair being a diamond ornament, the gift of Lady Fowke. She also wore a
diamond pendant the gift of her father. The bridesmaids - Miss Fowke, Miss
Margaret Fowke, Miss Conant, Miss Amy Conant, Miss Eleanor Conant, Miss
Catherine Conant, Miss Beatrice Conant and Miss Grace Conant-all wore cream
coloured cashmere dresses, with puffed sleeves and ruffs of lace, ornamented
with old gold brocades. Their hats were of dark bronze green velvet, trimmed
white feathers tipped with gold, and they each carried a bouquet, presented by
the bridegroom.. After the ceremony, breakfast was the next order of the day,
covers being laid for seventy guests, among whom were Lord and Lady Carbery,
the Countess of Bandon, Sir Arthur Hazlerigg, Bart. and Miss Hazlerigg Sir
Frederick and Lady Fowke and the Misses Fowke, Sir Hy. Fludyer Bart and Lady
Fludyer, the Right Hon. Gerard Noel, First Commissioner of Works, and Lady
Augusta Noel, the Hon. W. Evans Freke, Mr. G. H. Finch. M.P. and Mrs. Finch,
the Rev. Chancellor and Hon. Mrs. Wales, the Hon. and Rev. A. Stuart and Mrs.
Stuart, Major and Mrs. Freer, Mr. Spencer Fowke, Mr. Charles Fowke, Mr. and
Mrs. Vandeleur, Mr. and Mrs. Wynn Davies, Miss Proby, Rev. Seymour Neville,
Rev. W Conant, and Miss Margaret Conant, Mr. Carzon, Rev. H. B. Upcher, Mr. H
Finch, Mr. and Mrs. R. Tryon, Mr. and Mrs. Clayton, Mr. and Mrs. Palmer, Rev.
C. and Miss Boys, Rev. C. and Mrs. Lucas, Rev. Bentley and Mrs. Brown, Rev. P.
Dennis, Rev. F. Orme, Mr. Brickendon, the Misses Wingfield, Miss Harrisson,
Rev. and Mrs. Watson, Mr. and Mrs. Chaplin, &c.
breakfast, the Hon. W. Evans Freke proposed the health of the bride and
bridegroom, which was suitably responded to by the latter, Sir Frederik Fowke
also making an appropriate speech.
presents were very numerous, consisting of a musical box, Mr. Fowke; pair of
gold earrings, Mr Fowke; diamond ring, Mr. Fowke; pearl and turquoise ring, Mr.
Fowke ; Swiss carved clock, Mr. Fowke; silver-mounted dressing bag, Mr. Conant;
diamond pendant, Mr. Conant; piano Mr. Edward and the Misses Conant; pair of
silver lamps, Mr. and Mrs. Vaundeleur; four silver salt-cellars, Rev. F. Oreme;
dozen china salt-cellars, Miss H. Williams Wynne; apostle spoons and sugar
tongs, Mr. and Mrs. Williams Wynn tea table cover, Miss B. Williams Wynn;
photograph album on easel, Mr. G. Fydell Rowley; thermometer, Mr. Fowke;
silver-mounted ice pail, Misses Davies; silver-mounted hunting whip, Mr. W.
Darbv Griffith; gold and diamond bracelet, Mr. Campbell; silver cream jug, Mr.
and Mrs. James Stephen; China tea-kettle, Lady Panucefort Duncombe; China vase,
Miss Fitzroy; book slide, Major Fowke; Indian scarf, Rev Seymour Neville;
carved ivory jar, the Countess of Bandon; carriage clock, Mr. W. Curzon; ivory
back glass, Mr. Jackson; gold and turquoise ring,, Mr. and Mrs. Dawson Rowley;
old silver cup. Lord and Lady Francis Cecil; gold crystal locket, Hon Mrs.
Forrestor; scotch pearl ring, Baroness Willoughby d'Eresby; silver tea and
coffee set, Mr. and Mrs. W.Conant; china vase, Lady and Miss Heygate;
silver-mounted claret jug, the servants of Lowesby Hall; old inlaid table and
chairs, Miss Proby; small tea set, Rev. C. and Mrs. Whately; set of silver
dessert spoons, Mr. J. D. Brown; Egyptian table cover, Mrs. Moore; gold
bracelet, Mrs. Ellis; silver cutlet dish, Mrs. Chester; china bowl, Rev.
Bentley & Mrs. Brown; marble letter weight, the Earl of Gainsborough;
silver tea kettle, Captain and Mrs Robson; horse shoe whip stand, Mrs. Palmer;
sewing machine, Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Davies; silver-mounted biscuit tin, Mr.
Spencer Fowke; dinner service, the tenants and tradesmen of Lowesby; silver
gilt sugar basin, Mrs. Freer; Norwegian eider down quill. Mr. Ernest Conant;
writing table set, Lady Fowke; Mosaic photograph frame, Lord and Lady Carbery;
brougham and horse, Sir Fredk. Fowke; pearl and diamond earrings, Mr. and Mrs.
Dawson; old China plates, Mr. Turner; silver mustard pot, the Misses Ward;
jacket and vest (Egyptian work), Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Heygate; tea service,. Sir
Thos White; silver-mounted claret jug and glass stands, Earl Ferrars; silver
salt cellars, Mr. Franks; silver gilt dessert spoons, Mr. Williams; tea
service, Dr. Marriott; lustre's, families of tenants and tradesmen of Lowesby;
gold and diamond locket, Sir Henry Lady Fludyer; silver clasps, Lady Augusta
Noel; ormolu ink stand, Mrs. Arthur Paget; Mosaic photo frame, Lord and Lady
Carbery; black and gold table, Rev. C. and Mrs. Lucas; silver necklace, Mr. and
Mrs. Hopwood; reading lamp, &c, &c.
The rather battered,
anonymous, newspaper cutting below is in the library at Lyndon.
couple departed from Lyndon Hall at two o'clock for Peterborough, en route for
Paris and Geneva, and on leaving were met with the customary storms of slippers
and rice, which they encountered amid lusty cheers. On the way were several
arches of ever-greens, on which were inscribed, "Health and Happiness", and
other devices. The bride's travelling dress was of silk cashmere embroidered in
------ wore a locket set with rubies, diamonds , and emeralds, the gift of Sir
Henry and Lady Fludyer. In the evening, a garden party was held in the grounds.
We should not
forget to mention that Lowesby Hall is ------ who resided here in 1836, during
the absence on the continent of the late baronet, brought his favourite hunter
into the dining-room, and jumped him over a five-barred gate, in the presence
of a numerous -company, a large fire blazing on the hearth at the time. Lyndon
Hall is fine old English mansion, and has a very commanding prospect. Behind
the hall stands the Church, consisting of nave, aisles, and chancel, with a
tower of four bells, and in the graveyard is a marble tablet on the western
wall, with a long Latin inscription, in memory of the Rev. Win. Whiston, A.M.,
who died here in 1752, and is celebrated as a philosopher, and the translator
of the works of Josephus. The well-known Thomas Kirchever Arnold was rector
here for many years, and this parish was also the seat of the early labours of
the present Bishop Ellicott.