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THE HOWES FAMILY


Bow Brickhill was the scene for a love story of some drama when the landlord of The Wheatsheaf David Munday's son George William courted Lizzie Howes the daughter of John Howes a bricklayer and his wife Ann (picture below)  who (for over 50 years) kept The Plough public house on Church Road.  

George (down in the parish register as William George) was only 17 and Lizzie 18 when they went up to All Saints Church to have the banns read for their wedding.  It was 11 November and apparently David Munday stood up and objected to the banns on the grounds that his son was not yet 18.  The rector abandoned plans for a wedding.

However young George and Lizzie eloped and went to Bedford where they found a compliant vicar and willing witnesses.  They returned to the village as man and wife and lived happily it would appear.  See their photograph and pictures of their family  here.

 


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