Historic Harpenden families celebrate wedding union
PUBLISHED: 10:30 27 July 2018 | UPDATED: 10:51 27 July 2018
Two families historically embedded into the Harpenden community have celebrated a wedding union.
Steffi Gray and Nicholas Chichester-Miles left their wedding at the Church of St Mary’s on Childwick Green this summer in a tractor driven by the groom.
It was a historic occasion - about 70 years ago, the Herts Advertiser covered the wedding of Nicholas’ grandparents at All Saints’ Church in Caddington
The newly-wedded couple at that wedding, Christine and Roy Chichester-Miles, were transported to their reception in a horse and carriage.
Now 94-year-old Christine attended her grandson’s wedding this June.
Also in attendance were Steffi’s maternal grandparents, Graeme and Hazel Oggelsby, who were also married in Harpenden at St John’s Church in 1958.
The Harpenden Free Press published a story about that wedding, explaining that Hazel stitched her own dress.
Steffi’s paternal grandparents, Mary and Jack Grey, were also married at St Mary’s and worked on the Childwickbury estate.
Both families have been part of the Harpenden community for more than a century, for example The Three Horseshoes pub was run by Steffi’s ancestors from 1792 to 1977, when her great aunties retired.
Owning pubs comes naturally to Steffi’s family, seeing as her parents Barry and Zoe Grey ran two Southdown pubs for a decade a time - the Rose and Crown from 1987 to 1997 and then The Skew Bridge from 1997 to 2008.
Nicholas’ father, Gordon Chichester-Miles, said: “The wedding all went very well, it all went very smoothly, exceptionally well.
“I am pleased he’s happy, he loves her.
“The wedding is keeping history alive and a lot of our history is in people’s memories. It’s all the things that aren’t written down that are important and it’s nice that two old families can get together.”
Nicholas is a technician at Rothamsted Research and Steffi is a paediatric nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.
Nicholas’ cousin and St Albans district councillor for Harpenden West, Daniel Chichester-Miles, was also at the wedding.