|NELLIE REBECCA HESLINGTON AND CLAUDE PARSONS
Nellie Rebecca Heslington
was the grand-daughter of Parker Duffield Heslington, 1827-1909 - my great grandfather.
She had four brothers: Thomas Parker,
Frank Hunter, George Edward and Harry.
Alfred, was the only son of Parker Duffield Heslington to survive to old age. The family lived at Danesmoor,
Clay Cross near Chesterfield, Derbyshire.
|WEDDING OF NELLIE REBECCA HESLINGTON TO CLAUDE PARSONS 29 APRIL 1914
DERBYSHIRE TIMES 2ND MAY 1914
Two members of well-known Danesmoor families, highly
esteemed in the neighbourhood, who are actively involved with the Church and social life of the district, were married at
the Clay Cross Parish Church on Wednesday, the ceremony being attended by a representative gathering of relatives, friends
and church workers. The contracting parties were Mr Claude Parsons, second son of Mr and Mrs Geo. Parsons, of Danesmoor, and
Miss Nellie Rebecca Heslington, only daughter of Mr and Mrs Alfred Heslington, also of Danesmoor. The bride's father is a
prominent official of the Clay Cross Company Ltd., and for many years has been manager of the Park House (No. 7) Pit. The
bridegroom has been confidential clerk to Mr Alfred Slack, solicitor, of Clay Cross and Chesterfield, in whose employ he has
been for 16 years - ever since he left school. As a church-worker he has held every post that is open to a layman, and has
the Bishop's Licence as a lay reader. He is a representative to the Chesterfield Ruri-deconal and Archdioconal conferences,
and has been specially interested in the Clay Cross Mission Churches, particularly of course at Danesmoor, where the bride
and her mother have also been active workers for a number of years. Some few years ago Clay Cross possessed an excellent musical
union, of which Mr Parsons was the hon. secretary and in which he took a keen interest. Much of the success achieved by the
organisation was undoubtedly due to his unflagging energy.
The service at the church was fully choral, and was taken part in by the boys of the Danesmoor
choir, who have been under the bridegroom's tuition for a number of years. Miss Brakes, T.C., L., was at the organ, and played
appropriate music. The officiating clergymen were the Revs. J. L. Blake, vicar, and F. Davis, assistant curate.
The bride was given away by her father, and was daintily
attired in a dress of cream silk ejolenne, draped with shadow lace and pearls. She wore a picture hat of black Tegal straw,
and carried a shower bouquet, the gift of the bridegroom. The bridesmaids were Miss Nellie Mellors, of Eastwood, Notts., and
Miss Edith M Parsons, sister of the bridegroom, and they also carried bouquets, gifts of the bridegroom. The groomsmen were
Mr Tom P. Heslington, of Glapwell, brother of the bride, and Mr George Parsons, Junr., brother of the groom.
A reception was held at the home of the bride's parents,
and later in the day, the newly-wedded couple left for Bath, where the honeymoon will be spent, the bride travelling in a
navy blue costume with hat to match. The bride's present to the bridegroom was a pair of gold cuff links, while the bridegroom's
gift to the bride was a solid gold bangle, and to the bridesmaids gold brooches. There was a large number of beautiful presents,
including one to the bride of a beautifully chased silver rose bowl from the members of the Clay Cross Park Bowling Club,
of which her father is the hon. Secretary, and to whom she has rendered considerable assistance in preparing light refreshments
on the occasion of matches.
Since starting this page,I have made
some very interesting contacts, with Heslington descendants, some of whom are directly related to me!
HESLINGTON is a
very unusual name - in the 1881 British Census, there were less than 100 individuals of
this name in the whole of the British Isles...