At the heart of Hanover

An Edwardian Wedding

Steedman wedding 1923

Ian Steedman has sent us another slice of Hanover history. Ian says:

“I thought you might be interested in seeing a bit of Edwardian Hanover. It’s September 1923 and the occasion is the Wedding of John Henry Steedman of 52 Southampton Street to Florence Rosa of 58 Southampton Street.

“The man at the top left of the picture is my grandfather, Simeon George Steedman. To his left is his older sister Amelia Eleanor Allen, and the woman sitting next to the groom is my great-grandmother, Eleanor Jane Steedman. She had lost her husband, Simeon Duncan Steedman, a year earlier to TB. They too lived at No52, and they both died there. The best man (he is standing directly behind the groom) is Alexander Steedman.

“My great-grandparents had three children out of wedlock, so my grandfather was born an Allen; he took the name Steedman in 1912. My great-grandparents married at the newly built Brighton registrars office (Princess Street) in 1895.

“The Steedmans and Allens lived next to each other at 52 and 53 Southampton Street so there is a lot of family history in the street.

“My grandfather never mentioned that he had lost a brother in The Great War. Cyril Alfred Steedman of No 52 was in The Royal Sussex Regiment and was killed in action in France in July 1916 and is shown on the Brighton war memorial in Old Steine.”