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The Green-Maughan Wedding

A glimpse of happiness in the 1950s at a Jarrow wedding beside the ruins of a Benedictine monastery.

Amateur film 1959 8 mins Silent

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On 6th June 1959 sweethearts Henry Maughan and Peggy Green are married at the Parish Church of Saint Paul in Jarrow. Their wedding is captured by keen cine enthusiast Thomas Lawson who was a cinema musician in Derby in the late 1920s, and later a dance hall and concert pianist on Tyneside. The filmmaker makes brief cameo appearances, whilst the young man sporting a rocker’s DA haircut, seen around the old monastery ruins, may have helped to document the wedding.