Reference numberWH3/2353
TitleThe newly married Mr and Mrs Lodge of Huntingdon
DescriptionArthur Lodge, aged 24, a bachelor, clerk, of 137 Cecil Road, Rochester, son of Frederick Lodge, bootmaker, and Rebecca Murkett, spinster, of 51 High Street, Huntingdon, daughter of Dennis Murkett, (deceased), whitesmith, were married in St Mary's church, Huntingdon on the 12th April 1909. The premises of William Edwards and Son butchers, of 118 High Street, Huntingdon, can be seen in the background, therefore it would appear the car is being driven into Walden School Court opposite this shop. The car is reputedly a Napier Laundelette. The Hunts Post of the 17th April reported this "Motor Car Wedding", and that the wedding party were conveyed to and from church by motor car. The car is being driven by the bride's brother Mr W Murkett. Mr and Mrs Lodge left by train for London en route to Paris. "The bride's travelling costume was of prunello with hat to match. Both the bride and bridegroom were the recipients of many useful and valuable presents, the bride and her family being well-known and much respected." Curiously the bride is named as Daisy Murkett in the newspaper report, and on the 1891 census she is listed as Daisy, aged 10. However, her name in the register entry is clearly Rebecca, and she has signed the register as Rebecca.
A similar photograph ( Accession 4243) is in the Archives, which is plainly taken at same time , but it is said to be of a Bill Murkett driving his sister to a wedding circa 1921. However, this Whitney photograph is in the Maddison & Hinde order book as "2353 Lodge Mr & Mrs in Car" and is dated to 1909. The number "2353" is also scratched on the glass plate negative. The date of 1921 is clearly incorrect on the photograph in accession 4243.
Date12 April 1909

CreatorNameThe Whitney Collection
RepositoryHuntingdonshire Archives
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