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
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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