In the centre of the village is a clock tower built in 1897 to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. The village has almost 1000 dwellings.
"Can you picture William going for an evening walk on the promenade at the beach with his family, and setting eyes on Sarah, who is also out that evening. They manage to chat for a moment and organize to meet that weekend when Sarah is free. Magically they fall in love and William vows he will come back for Sarah to marry."
Four years later they do marry in the Pearce family home in Scotland.
Thus we have the next quandary:
Why do they marry in Scotland and not in England in the bride's hometown as is customary?
This is a harder one to establish and I haven't been able to verify anything as yet. However there is mention in some family historians' trees, that Sarah's father William died in 1862 and his wife Alice not that long after. This would certainly account for the marriage being held in Scotland.
I will continue researching this.
Sarah and William lived at Dumbarton for about four years and then spent the rest of their lives at Innerleithen, Peeblesshire.
2. The History of Ely, Cambridgeshire - Historic UK.
3. Ben Colburn & Mark Ynys-Mon
4. C Can: Cambridgeshire Community Archive Network.
6. Family Photo.
7. Photo from 2015 when I visited Innerleithen and paid my