A Fashionable Marriage

123 years in the past right this moment, on Wednesday 22 July 1896 at St Marks church in Lincoln Highway, Peterborough, Northamptonshire there was a wedding between Hamlet De Moist and Mabel Langton. They each have fascinating backgrounds. 

Their households are effectively documented on the web. They don’t have apparent connections with Peterborough, subsequently the selection of this explicit church is stunning. Moreover, the St Mark’s parish was created with the fast progress in inhabitants following the arrival of the railways.

This “Trendy Marriage” was reported in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire newspapers. From these stories we be taught the next: 

At St Mark’s Church, Peterborough, Mabel Katherine, eldest daughter of Mr Bennet Langton, of Langton Corridor, Spilsby, Lincolnshire, was married to Mr Hamlet de Moist, of Kidderminster, second son of Main de Moist, of the Madras Native Infantry. The officiating clergy had been Rev. T. Church, vicar of St George’s, Kidderminster, and the Rev. B. de M. Egerton, vicar of St Mark’s, Peterborough. The bride wore a white satin gown by Price, with Brussels lace shirt and corded practice and tulle veil (mounted by a diamond crescent, the reward of the bridegroom), and coronet of orange blossoms and white heather and myrtle. Mr Bennet Langton, brother of the bride, was greatest man, and Miss Langton, the bride’s sister attended the bride. 

St. Mark’s Church, Peterborough © Paul Bryan | CC BY 2.0

The stories don’t specify the sister’s title however their marriage is recorded on FreeREG – and Lucy Katharine Langton is among the witnesses. 

Langton by Spilsby (typically also called Langton by Partney) is within the Lincolnshire Wolds Space of Excellent Pure Magnificence, 55 miles from Peterborough. The Langton household has owned this village since at the very least the twelfth century and apparently nonetheless has very shut hyperlinks with it right this moment. 

Notable Langtons from Langton embody Bennet Langton (1737-1801) a good friend of Dr. Samuel Johnson.  Additionally Rev Charles Langton (1803 – 1886) married Charlotte in 1832, the third daughter of Josiah Wedgwood, the grasp potter. Charlotte died in 1862 and Charles married Emily, the sister of Charles Darwin, the naturalist, the next yr.

The bride was Mabel Marion Katharine Burton Langton, born 1866 in Langton. Her mother and father had been Bennet Rothes Langton, landowner and magistrate, and Lucy Katharine Burton. Langton Corridor had been twice destroyed by hearth earlier than the final Corridor was erected by Bennet Rothes Langton within the 1860s.

Engraving of Langton Hall, 1805

Langton Corridor (earlier than being destroyed by hearth in 1817). By Batholomew Howlett – A selection of Views in the county of Lincoln 1805, Public Domain.

Dublin-born Hamlet Robert De Moist is recorded as dwelling in Kidderminster, some 100 miles from Peterborough. His father Oloff Godlieb De Moist died in early 1894 aged 75, two years earlier than this marriage. Born in Cape City, South Africa, Oloff was a Main within the Madras Native Infantry. Hamlet’s brother Thomas was a Senior British Officer within the Royal Navy. One other notable relative was Hugh de Moist, nephew of Hamlet and son of Thomas. This outstanding man was featured on the BBC programme This Is Your Life in 1956.

Through the Second World Battle, Hugh labored in France as a undercover agent. He was arrested by the Gestapo and held in solitary confinement for six years, beneath sentence of dying.

There are a number of references to him on the web. Beneath are two fascinating hyperlinks.



On the time of the 1901 Census, our couple had been dwelling in Worcester, Hamlet was Supervisor of the Nationwide Phone Firm. Ten years later, the 1911 Census has the couple dwelling in Filey, Yorkshire and confirmed that they had been each dwelling by “Non-public Means”. The couple died in Norfolk within the Thirties.

Exterior the church of Saints Peter and Paul, in Langton by Partney are monuments to Bennett Rothes Langton (1840-1925), Lucy Katherine Langton (1840-1924) and Mabel M Okay B DeWet (1866-1934).

Article written by Ian Slater, FreeREG volunteer.