Cockermouth’s wedding of the year (1790 that is)

10 Jul
Our Georgian bride and groom, Suzi and Nick

Our Georgian bride and groom: Suzi and Nick

Wordsworth House and Garden hosted the most splendid wedding ever seen last week – and that’s saying something, as we’ve had some wonderful ones.

Bride Suzi and groom Nick – who are old friends of mine – plus several of their guests and even Richard, the registrar – another of my good friends – were dressed in perfectly reproduced Georgian outfits.

Suzi used to be our visitor services manager and Nick was one of our costumed servants. They moved south a few years ago and changed careers – Suzi now works as an archaeologist and Nick as a food historian specialising in the Georgian, Tudor and Medieval periods (have a look at his website) – but when they decided to get married, they knew there was only one possible venue.

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house during the lovely drawing room ceremony, which was interspersed with music on our harpsichord and traditional songs.

Afterwards, everyone drank champagne and ate delicious canapés based on 18th-century recipes, before adjourning to the historic Dunthwaite Barn, at nearby Setmurthy, for a full-scale Tudor feast complete with minstrels and dancing.

What a splendid way to start married life together – we wish you every happiness, Suzi and Nick!

Dressed for the occasion: Suzi and Nick with costumed guests

Dressed for the occasion: Suzi and Nick with some of their costumed guests


4 Responses to “Cockermouth’s wedding of the year (1790 that is)”

  1. Bill Paul July 10, 2014 at 5:40 pm #

    Hi Fletch! If you see Suzi and Nick again, or contact them, would you please pass on my sincere congratulations and best wishes for a wonderful future together. I often think of you all at WHG and all the wonderful memories during my time with you. I’m now working at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, and spend most of my time in a wonderful Gothic Revival Victorian church on the estate, showing visitors around. So many facts to remember!

    • suzi July 10, 2014 at 9:09 pm #

      Bill, so sorry you have left WWH and missed the wedding, but Fountains must be a spectacular place to volunteer at? Next time we are over that way we will drop by!

      Our best wishes to you,


      • Bill Paul July 10, 2014 at 11:02 pm #

        Make sure you do – it would be great to see you both again. And there are some wonderful photo opportunities at all times of year on the estate.

  2. suzi July 10, 2014 at 9:08 pm #

    A huge, huge thank you to everyone at Wordsworth House and Garden – you all helped to make our wedding an extremely special day, one we will certainly not forget in a hurry!

    Fletch, I do believe we will also have some photos of us in the garden with you, I will send them onto you as soon as I’ve seen them 🙂

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