Ashlyns Hall

Marriage of Miss Longman…
“A fashionable wedding was celebrated, the occasion being the marriage of the Rev. Arthur Puller to Miss Emmiline, second daughter of Mr. William Longman, of Ashlyns Hall, Berkhampstead. The bride was accompanied by her father, and wore a white satin dress, trimmed with wreaths of orange blossoms, and tulle veil. The bridesmaids were Miss Puller, Miss Eleanor Austen, Miss E. Longman, and the bride’s four sisters. They were attired in white silk dresses, trimmed with white muslin, puffed sleeves, and Turkish red sashes, &c., Charlotte Corday caps, trimmed with red bows and jassamine sprigs. The wedding presents were about 120 in number, and very costly, and as they were spread out in the billiard-room, presented a rich display. During the afternoon the happy pair started for the West of England, via Amersham, on their wedding tour.” (Bucks Herald, Oct 1874).

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Ashlyns Hall

Flowers in the Scilly Isles…
“According to Mr. T. Dorrien-Smith the flower industry in the Scilly Isles was anything but remunerative twelve years ago. Last year, however, 330 tons were sent away for sale, and this year Mr. Dorrien-Smith estimates the quantity will reach quite 400 tons. During the month of February 182 tons were despatched. (Bucks Herald, Apr 1893).

The connection between Berkhamsted and the Scilly Isles originates from 1834 when Augustus Smith of Ashlyns Hall took on a long lease from the Duchy of Cornwall “to conduct a social experiment on this isolated community… his great theory was that if you educated people, they would rise to become self-sufficient and not a burden on the state”, according to Robert Dorrien-Smith.