Market Lavington Museum

A wartime wedding


Market Lavington Museum has been given a number of items relating to the late Bert and Florrie Shore. Florrie Burbidge grew up in School House, Market Lavington, the building which now houses our museum.

On 29th June 1940, Florrie married Albert Shore, of West Lavington. Details of the wedding can be found in news cuttings, which had been saved by the couple.

We see that they married in St Mary’s Church, close by the School House ad that Rev. Smethurst was the vicar. It was a quiet wedding, due to its taking place during World War II. Florrie’s older sister Dorrie, who was already married, was her attendant.

Florrie, dressed in a blue suit, carried an ivory prayer book, given to her by Bert, her bridegroom. This prayer book, inscribed June 29th 1940, has been conserved in its silver cardboard box, by the couple and has also been given to the museum.

We will look at their cards next time.