Foulshams of the world unite for a family wedding – in Foulsham

A group of A group of "Foulshams" from around the world gathered in the Norfolk village which shares their name as they celebrated a family wedding. Pictured left to right: Will Foulsham, George Foulsham, Antony Foulsham, Ian Foulsham, Andrew Foulsham, Rick Foulsham, Alice Foulsham, John Foulsham, James Foulsham, Tom Foulsham and Anna Bannister (formerly Foulsham)

Monday, July 7, 2014
6:30 AM

A group of “Foulshams” from around the world converged on the Norfolk village which shares their name as they gathered to celebrate a family wedding.

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A group of "Foulshams" gathered in the village which shares their name as they celebrated a family wedding. Pictured: George and Angela Foulsham after their wedding.A group of "Foulshams" gathered in the village which shares their name as they celebrated a family wedding. Pictured: George and Angela Foulsham after their wedding.

The marriage of George Foulsham and Angela Nicholson, described as “a fairytale wedding” by guests, took place in Godwick Great Barn near Tittelshall, near Fakenham.

It was an international occasion, attracting guests from eight countries.

Mr Foulsham, grew up in Perth, Australia and his bride is from in Grantham, Lincolnshire.

Both have Norfolk heritage on their father’s side, which is how they eventually decided on the location for their big day.

On the day after the wedding, guests gathered again for a blessing service at the nearby Foulsham Church – including 11 Foulsham family members, plus their partners, visiting the village of their forefathers.

Mr Foulsham said he believed the last Foulsham to live near the village left in the late 18th century.

He said: “Leading up to the wedding blessing, the local community was abuzz with the news of the return of all the Foulsham family members. “They had put up advertising in town to pass around the news. There was great excitement on the Sunday morning when the Foulshams all arrived together for the blessing and helped fill the church.

“There was amusing conversations about the correct pronunciation of Foulsham and further discussions about the different branches of the family and where they ended up. For instance, the Folsom Prison Blues song made famous by Johnny Cash is about the California prison named after a branch of the family that altered their name.”

The bride and groom have been together for six years and work in Singapore.

Their wedding blessing on June 29 was carried out by the Bishop of Lynn, the Right Rev Jonathan Meyrick.

The weekend marked the end of a month long arts festival centred around the Foulsham Church, including displays of historic photographs.

Have you been to a wedding ceremony which was out of the ordinary? Email newsdesk@archant.co.uk.

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