Fermanagh Gold Introduction
by John B Cunningham

On Wednesday, October 2nd, (1902) a marriage was solemnized in Templecarne Parish Church, between William Lambert Sladen, Esq., son of Colonel and Lady Sladen of Ripple Court, Kent and Miss Henrietta Violet Barton, daughter of Charles R. Barton, Esq., D. L. of the Waterfoot, Pettigo. 

The ceremony was fixed for 11 a.m. before which time the church was well filled with parishoners. The Pettigo and Letter bands played with great effect outside the church while awaiting the arrival of the bride, who, attired in white satin and a beautiful lace veil, with a wreath of orange blossoms was led to the altar by her father.

Only relations wore invited as guests owing to the fact that the bride’s family are in mourning. The bridesmaids wore dresses of cream Fingal tweed relieved by violets, which made a most pleasing and effective combination of colour. The ceremony in the church was performed by the Rev. Canon Ovenden, D.D., cousin of the bride and the Rev. R. C. Lapham, rector of the parish. On leaving the church, the path to the gate was lined by members of the Pettigo and Letter bands, who gave an ovation to the bride and bridegroom as they entered their carriage. They also played at the Waterfoot during the day. 

At 3 p.m., Mr. and Mrs. Lambert Sladen left en route for Wales where they intend to pass the honeymoon. The wedding presents were very numerous and beautiful.


Transcribed from Impartial Reporter and Farmer’s Journal Oct 9th 1902 by John B Cunningham