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Edwardian wedding dress

17 May 2011

Edwardian wedding dress

TO coincide with the royal wedding the curators at the Powell-Cotton museum in Thanet are taking visitors back to the Edwardian matrimonial era.

A wedding dress worn by Hannah Brayton Slater in 1905 is now on display.

Miss Brayton-Slater became the wife of Major Percy Powell-Cotton when she married him in Nairobi.

Percy proposed to his secretary who he had left behind in England in August 1904 and it took nine weeks for her reply to reach him.

Hannah Brayton Slater travelled out from the UK with a lady chaperone and accompanied by General Manning.

The ceremony took place on November 23, by special licence, in St Stephen’s Church described as a, “little tin building”.

Hannah, wore the stunning outfit of cream pleated silk with matching hat and heavily trimmed satin rosebuds, which is now on display.

The exhibition is at the Quex House. To find out more visit www.quexmuseum.org

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