Barney and Charlotte were married in the beautiful St Michael and All Angels’ church in Hawkshead. As Belmount was built by Reverend Reginald Braithwaite, who was vicar of Hawkshead for 38 years, there is a strong connection between Belmount and the church, which can be seen from the house.
(I feel a bit of history coming on…. The Rev Braithwaite was able to build Belmount Hall as a result, it would seem, of his marrying Frances Irton, a young widow, who had inherited the wealth of her first husband, Samuel Irton, who died in 1766. They married in 1770, and lived in Walker Ground until Belmount was built. It was completed in 1774.)
We were reminded of their lovely wedding by the receipt of their thank you card last week, with a photo of Barney and Charlotte just near the church, and Belmount and the fells behind Ambleside in the background. “We had such an amazing day which fully lived up to all our dreams and expectations. You both helped us to create such an enjoyable day for us as well as all our guests. Thank you so much…. B&C.”
It was wonderful to welcome back the family. Barney’s sister Tara and Alex had had their Reception at Belmount in 2007 or so, and at Barney and Charlotte’s wedding were assigned to the ‘naughty table’ with their young children, taking the number of guests up to our absolute maximum of 90.
Seems a while ago, but it is brilliant to have reminders of all the lovely weddings at Belmount.