These two great great aunts were sisters; before they married their names were Sophia Salthouse (on the left) and Lucy Salthouse. Sophia, born in 1842, was the first child of John Salthouse, a master boot and shoemaker, and Lucy Walters, of Nether Alderley. Lucy was the 10th and penultimate child of the family and was born in 1859. Sophia married Francis Worth in 1865 and Lucy married Edward Potts in 1896.
This photograph was taken in the spring of 1910 and records the wedding of Sophia's daughter, Sarah Ellen Worth, to William Henry Adshead. The wedding took place in the village Curch of St Mary and the wedding party was photographed on the swathe of green just outside Park Lodge, Alderley.
Sophia Salthouse was widowed by this time but still working as a laundress, mainly on her own account. No doubt she obtained much of her work from the Hall, but the Parish records also show that she was employed regularly to launder the choir's surplices.
Sarah Ellen Adshead, to give her married name, probably had a life that was quite different from that of her mother. Just one year after her marriage, the couple were living in a red brick terraced house in the nearby town of Stockport and her husband was employed as a foreman hatter - Stockport being famous for the manufacture of hats.
If you drive past Park Lodge today, on the road to Monks Heath, the road passes at the back of the Lodge whereas, in the days of Lord Stanley of Alderley, all vehicular traffic to Lord Stanley's residence would have stopped at the front of the Lodge for the gate to be opened. This postcard is a reasonable representation of how the road from Nether Alderley to Monks Heath would have looked when Sarah married William.
(C) Hilary Belton 2010