A Wartime Wedding

In August 1916 Elizabeth Barbara Ball married William Huxley at St Michael’s Church, Chester. The photograph shows them posing outside their new home in Volunteer Street. Elizabeth was the daughter of Arthur and Elizabeth Ball of Pitt Street. Her father died when she was a child and her mother started a confectionary business in their tiny terraced house, later renting a stall in Chester Market. After her marriage she took on the stall renaming it E B Huxley’s – a sign that still shows on the family-run stall today. The wedding photograph is poignant as there is a distinct lack of young men, their absence emphasising the impact of war. On 19 July 2014 this wedding will be recreated, starting at St Michael’s Church and moving into Volunteer Street where the photograph will be recreated. You will be invited to mingle with the guests at the wedding breakfast before moving into the Albion Pub for a sing-song. Look out for more details on the web-site.

Wedding Photo

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