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Picture No:359
Courtesy of:Geoff Pope
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The Edwardian wedding of Charles William Pope

This wedding group is assembled outside ‘Harbour Lights’, The Point, two doors from the ‘William the Conqueror’. After the wedding the couple settled in Ireland.
The bungalow with its picket fence does not look so different today, in the 1930s dormer windows were added in the roof space.
We have not been able to discover Lucy’s maiden name nor information about her family, but do know some details of Charles’ family.
The bridegroom’s mother and father (back row 3rd and 4th left), Emma nee Robertson and Edward Pope had lived in Harbour Lights for a time since their marriage in 1874, and Emma continued to reside at Harbour Lights in to the 1930s with her daughters Harriet and Nellie after her husband had died.
Our grandfather, Frederick James Pope, (back row 2nd left), the bridegroom’s brother, was born at the bungalow in 1883. He became a conductor on London’s trams and buses for 44 years before returning to the Harbour at 2 Ship Cottage from 1949 until 1972.
The 4 children are those of Charles’ older brother George Henry Pope (far right) and Julie Annie nee Mills (far right). From left to right the children are thought to be George Edward, Charles Frederick, William Ernest and Julie Annie Pope.
Sadly Charles Frederick (along with two younger brothers yet to be born at the time) was to become one of the valiant 17 lifeboatmen who perished at the age of 28 in the 1928 Mary Stanford Rye Harbour Lifeboat disaster.
Note that the Edwardian dress style is similar to that in the 1906 wedding shown in picture #308. Many of the guests are sporting grand hats and white ruffles. The bridegroom is seated whilst his new wife stands beside him!

Submitted by Roger Pope and Geoff Pope (cousins)

Picture Added on 29 July 2013.


These nice people will be relatives of mine. My father was George David Pope B.E.M who lived in either Rose or Tyne cottage in Rye Harbour. My father married and settled in Campbeltown, Scotland but sadly passed a few years ago. If anyone needs information that I may be able to provide please feel free to e-mail me.
Added by Derrick Pope on 17 April 2015.
Marriages Mar 1905
Pope Charles William Rye 2b 7
WALDRON Lucy Elizabeth Rye 2b 7

Added by June Barnes on 01 February 2016.
Julie Mills was my Grandfathers sister her was Alexander known as Alec or Pop Mills he married Annie Gladwish from Peasemarsh and they lived first in Tram Road, then at Gordon Place, his parents lived in Rose cottage
Added by Ruth Fivash ( nee Kell) on 22 August 2018.

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