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THE HOME-COMING SCENES AT DORFOLD HALL. A TOUCHING WELCOME. [FROM OUR NANTWICH CORRESPONDENT.] The news that Mr. and Mrs. Tollemache were to come direct from London to Dorfold Hall spread among the inhabitants of Nantwich and the neigh- bourhood, and arrangements were made to give the bridal pair a hearty welcome home. The most prominent part, however, was taken by the tenantry of the Dorfold estate, and from an early hour on Wednesday they had been hard at work in carrying out a scheme of decoration. On every hand in the village there were not wanting signs of rejoicing, and the humblest cottager had put out some token to mark his esteem. After the wedding ceremony the bells of Acton parish church rang out peal after peal, with occasional "firing," and the belfry of the Nantwich Church added its share to the volume of merry sounds. The hour of the home-coming of the bridal pair necessitated the decorations being confined to illuminations, but the tenantry had achieved wonders, and the effect was as pretty as had ever graced a wedding The imposing entrance gates, surmounted by the quaint lions, were ablaze with festoons of different coloured fairy lights, and stretching down on either side of the long and noble drive was a continuous line of Chinese lanterns, intermingled with softly glowing lustres. At the entrance to the courtyard a temporary framework had been erected, forming a kind of triumphal arch, and this shone out with bright hued rays. The effect of the whole of the illu- minations was singularly beautiful, and presented a vista of light and colour that was greatly admired. Mr. and Mrs. Tollemache reached Crewe Station from London shortly before eight o'clock, and they at once drove to Acton in a brougham with pair. As they passed through Nantwich they were several times recognised, and were greeted with hearty cheers. The bells were linging as they traversed the town, and when the happy pair reached Dorfold, about 8.30, it was to the sound of the church bells, soon to be drowned by the hearty hurrahs of hundreds of people, that the bride was introduced to her new home and the bridegroom again renewed acquaint- ance with his friends. Nothing could have ex- ceeded the warmth of the welcome, which was o spontaneous and manifested so thoroughly the love and affection with which Mr. Tollemache is held by his tenantry and th3 people of Nantwich and its surroundings. Both Mr. and Mn. Tollemache were visibly touched with the manner of their reception. On reaching the gates the horses were quickly unharnessed from the car- riage, two long ropes were speedily tied to the bar of the vehicle, and with a cheering band of tenantry manning the ropes, the bridal pair were drawn at a good pace down the long, straight approach, while in the meanwhile a feu de joie was fired from tenants hidden in the trees on each side of the drive. The carriage was drawn up to the Hall steps, and Mr. Tollemache having helped his bride to alight, introduced her to several old friends of his whom he recognised. He again and again thanked the vast crowd, who filled the spacious courtyard, for the cordial and splendid way in which they had welcomed them home. He was not able to say much then, but added that when his wife had become better acquainted with them he was sure that she would always be a welcome visitor to every house and cottage in the village. Mrs. Tollemache briefly expressed her thanks, and the party then withdrew into the Hall. Their retirement was the signal for rousing cheers repeated three times three, and the singing of "He's a jolly good fellow." The visitors still lingered, and shortly afterwards Mr. Tollemache, accompanied by his bride, appeared on the balcony, where they had a splendid view of the illuminations. Both stated how fine and very beautiful they .were, and after admiring them for a few minutes Mr. and Mrs. Tollemache wished all "Good-night," and the company dispersed. Dorfold Hall is one of those fine Elizabethan buildings with which Cheshire is so richly en. dowed. The Hall is situated in a park of about 150 acres, and has charming grounds and gardens of the stately old English type. During the Civil War the Hall was twice besieged, and close to it ordnance was planted which bombarded Nantwich with red-hot shot during the celebrated siege. The Hall is full of interesting mementoes. There is an oak-pannelled room with royal arms and date 1621. The oak-pannelled drawing-room has a richly carved ceiling and chimney piece with painted arms. This ceiling is one of the most conspicuous features of the interior, and is stated to be similar to the one in King James's room at Hatfield. Tradition has it that James I. was expected to have stayed at Dorfold Hall on his return from a visit to Scotland, and the present drawing-room and adjoining chamber, still called King James's room, were specially prepared for his reception, but his Majesty stayed at Townsend House, in Nantwich, where he was much in- terested in the brine pits. In 1600 Sir Roger Wilbraham, an eminent lawyer who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth, bought Dorfold and built the Hall, very much as it stands to this day. He was one of the family of Wilbraham of Woodhey, at which place they had lived since the fourteenth century; they were descended from Sir William Malbank, the first Baron of Nantwich (A.D. 1070). On the death of Sir Roger the estate passed to his brother, Mr. Wilbraham, of Townsend House, Nantwich, and remained in the hands of his descendants until 1754, when it was bought by Mr. James Tomkinson. a lawyer, of Nantwich, whose great-granddaughter, Miss Annie Tomkin- son, was married in 1844 to Mr. Wilbraham Spencer Tollemache, the younger brother of the then Lord Tollemache of Helmingham. and father of Mr. Henry Tollemache. M.P., the present owner and occupier of Dorfold Hall.

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