Market Lavington Museum

Who were the bridesmaids?


We feature the Potter family quite often. This might reflect their central role in village life, coupled with their comparative ordinariness. The Potters ran pubs, a bus company, farms etc. so they were well above the plain labouring strata of society. But they most certainly were not gentry. Helena May Potter achieved almost legendary status in the village but this was under her married name of Mrs Elisha. Miss Potter/Mrs Elisha spent a working lifetime as the local infant teacher. For people still alive over 90 years old – Mrs Elisha was their teacher. For people under 40 she is remembered as an occasional supply teacher, treated with awe and reverence by other members of staff. But not everything is recorded or remembered. We are hoping a blog reader may be able to help us solve the mystery of the bridesmaids.

Helena May Potter married William Elisha on 27th July 1929. Here’s a wedding group.

Wedding group at the marriage of Helena May Potter and William Elisha at Market Lavington Church.

Wedding group at the marriage of Helena May Potter and William Elisha at Market Lavington Church.

Bill and May are in the middle. We want to know who the two little bridesmaids are.

Now here’s another picture.

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Bridesmaids at the wedding of May Potter and Bill Elisha – but who are they?

This picture is captioned, ‘Amy Potter, bride’s sister, with her two daughters as bridesmaids leaving the church.’

But this cannot be true.  We are confident that this is the 1929 wedding of Helena May Potter and William Elisha and the lady in the middle could well be Amy Kathleen Potter. But Amy married in 1931 and her two daughters, Barbara and Geraldine were born in 1933 and 1938 respectively. So it isn’t Amy’s daughters being bridesmaids in 1929.

It’s a mystery that needs solving. Can you help us? Who are the bridesmaids?