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Dudley Mayor's Edwardian wedding

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: January 25, 2014

  • Wedding party of Mary Noonan and Arthur Lionel Hillman at Ackers Holte, Dudley, c.1904

  • Three Hillman mayors of Dudley, Joseph Alfred Hillman, Joseph Leonard Hillman and Arthur Lionel Hillman

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THIS splendid wedding photograph, showing two Dudley families in all their Edwardian finery, has been brought to us by Peter Hillman of Coseley, a descendant of the bride and groom, Arthur Lionel Hillman and Mary Ellen Adelaide Noonan.

A.L. Hillman was mayor of Dudley in 1944, one of three mayors from the Hillman family – Joseph Alfred Hillman was mayor 1909-10 and Joseph Leonard Hillman 1935-37.

The picture was taken around 1904 at the Noonan family home, a house called Ackers Holte in Dudley. Does anyone know where this house was?

Fortunately, A.L.Hillman wrote down the names of all guests.

On the bride's side, on the back row, we have from left, Joe Bunce, Alfred Packwood, Frank Helliwell, John Noonan, Teresa Noonan and Alfred Noonan. On the middle row are Mr Packwood snr., Auntie Louie Packwood (née Noonan), Mrs Bunce, Mrs Squires, Mrs d'Abreu, Dr d'Abreu and Austin O'Dowd. Seated on the front row are, Mrs Packwood snr., John Noonan, Mrs Noonan, and Mrs Violet Plant (née Hillman). The children at the front are Kathy Booth (née d'Breau), Doris Lander, Joe d'Abreu and Bernard.

On the groom's side we have on the back row from left, Auntie Ethel, Uncle Joe, Kate Hall, S. Hall, Aunt Kate Noonan, and Uncle Laurie. On the middle row are, Auntie Winnie, Uncle Ernest Newey, Aunt Lizzy Newey, Joseph Alfred Hillman, Auntie Gussie, Mr Wright and Mrs Wright. Seated are Auntie Clarrie Findley, A.H. Hillman, and Mrs A.H. Hillman. The children at the front are Rosie Allen, (née Noonan), Jack d'Abreu and Marg d'Abreu.

The wedding picture was originally sent as a postcard by A.L. Hillman to his cousin Florrie Hall at her home at Castle View House, Roseville, Coseley.

Peter Hillman has been unable to trace this house and hopes that readers may be able to tell him where it was.

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