Clouds 61 · Filey Bay

Mabel ASTON was the daughter of a preacher man – but the Good Lord took her anyway, before her first birthday. She was one of two itinerant children born in Filey. The other one, her younger brother Edward, made it to his forties but then departed in mysterious ways. I will tell his story on the anniversary of his passing. The Reverend Edward Aston bucked the trend and enjoyed his allotted span. His headstone in Hull General Cemetery can be seen on Billion Graves.

Today’s married couple entered the world many miles apart – Andrew in Scotland and Vivian in London. The fates determined that they married in Filey and died in Scarborough.

The marriage took place at the Filey Parish Church on Saturday of Miss Vivian Ada Phillips, third daughter of the late Mr and Mrs Walter Brinton Phillips, of Victoria Avenue, Harrogate, and Filey, to Mr Andrew Murdoch Clement, eldest son of Sir Thomas and Lady Clement, of Barcapel, Newton Mearns, Renfrewshire. There was a large and fashionable attendance. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Canon A N Cooper, vicar of Filey, and Dr Ely, of Scarborough, presided at the organ. The bride, who was given away by her uncle, Mr A Harris-Reeves, of Nottingham, wore a dress of oyster-white charmouse, draped with fine lace, with a pearl and silver girdle and pearl tassels, enclosing orange blossom at the waist. She also wore a tulle veil (lent by Mrs Stanley Bulmer), which formed the train, over a coronet of green leaves, and she carried a bouquet of lilies of the valley. She was attended by her sister, Miss Eve Hume Phillips, who wore a Delphinium blue-shot taffeta Victorian frock. Vivian Kitson, niece of the bride, acted as train-bearer, dressed in cream satin and embroidered net. Mr James Clement, brother of the bridegroom, acted as best man. The reception was held at the Royal Crescent Hotel, and later Mr and Mrs Clement left on a motor tour in Scotland.

Yorkshire Post & Leeds Intelligencer, 12 June 1922

In 1946, Andrew was seemingly worth a little over £400. Vivian was living at the same address 29 years later and her estate was valued at £19,222. (2017 values for these two sums are about £16,500 and £153,000, calculated at

See Too Many Cooks for information about Percy.

Today’s William BESWICK is the son of the landowner who found Gristhorpe Man (5 June post). Brother Thomas Keld was the baptism anniversary on 5 April.

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