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Henrietta Jenny Fraser Mrs Walter Ralph Bankes 1871-1953

Above in the picture she is wearing a diamond tiara with palmette ornaments, a fine anthemium diadem, a pearl choker, pearl string necklace and a diamond spray ornament. They are probably her wedding gifts and marriage jewels.

On the right side the diamond scrollwork brooch centred with a yellow diamond was given by Sir Joseph Banks to his wife Dorothea at the time of their marriage in 1779, and was a valued heirloom jewel, for all following family members.

Although clearly an eligible bachelor, Walter Bankes finally met his wife-to-be, Miss Henrietta Fraser, on Monday 14 June 1897. He proposed to her on the following Saturday, 19 June and they were married the following month. He was 44 and she was 29.


The marriage of Miss Fraser, daughter of the late Mr. William Fraser, to Mr. Ralph Bankes, of Corte Castle and Kingston Lacy, Dorset, was solemnised at Holy Trinity Church, Sloanestreet in July 1897.
The ceremony was performed by Canon Eldon Bankes, of Corfe Castle Rectory, assisted by the Rev. H. E. Bevan, rector of Holy Trinity.

The bride, who was given away by her brother, Mr. John Fraser, wore a dress of white satin veiled in white mousseline de soie and lace, with long Court train falling from the shoulders, tulle veil, and wreath of natural orange blossom.
She was attended by eight bridesmaids: Miss Jessy Fraser, sister of the bride; Miss Eva Fraser, cousin; the Misses Gladys, Georgina and Cicely Bankes, and Miss Beatrice Scott, cousins of the bridegroom; Miss Seymour and Miss Iris Kingscote. They were attired in costumes of white tulle over white satin, trimmed with guipure lace and sashes of turquoise blue silk; white chiffon hats, with plumes of white ostrich feathers and blue ribbons. The bridegroom's presents to them were bouquets of pink roses aud diamond enamel heart-shaped brooches.



Mr. Henry Weld-Blundell supported the bridegroom as best man. At the conclusion of the ceremony the bridal party drove to the town house of the bride's brother — Mr. John Fraser— in Wilton-crescent, where the wedding reception was held, and later in the afternoon the newly-married couple left town for Folkestone, en route for the Continent.

The wedding presents numbered upwards of 400, and included many costly gifts of jewellery and plate. Mr. Bankes’ Dorset and Wiltshire tenantry sent a handsome piece of plate, accompanied by an illuminated address bound in morocco, containing the names of some 600 subscribers. The inhabitants of Wimborne contributed a piece of plate and an address, which will be presented, together with the tenants' gift, on the home-coming of the bride and bridegroom on the 21st of August, when a garden party will be beld for the occasion at Kingston Lacy.



The following list of the presents:

The bride to the bridegroom, diamond-mounted pearl pin, enamel and diamond sleeve links;


the bridegroom to the bride, diamond tiara, a diamond spray ornament, four diamond pearl rings, a silver-mounted dressing bag, a diamond and pearl bangle;


Mr. John Fraser, to the bride a pearl necklace, emerald and diamond bangle,
the bridegroom a silver-mounted dressing case;
Miss Jessy Fraser, to the bride three silver boxes, diamond muff chain, and silver-mounted scent bottle, to the bridegroom set of pearl studs;
Miss Bankes to the bride a diamond star,
Miss Gladys Bankes, silver pincushion;
Mr. Scott Bankes, silver-mounted stick;
Mr. Alexander Fraser, of Mongwell, gold net purse with diamond and pearl stopper;
Mr. and Mias Evelyn Fraser, silver writing set;
Mr. and Mrs. A. O. Fraser, silver bowl;
from the tenants of the Dorset and Wilts estate, handsome piece of plate, accompanied by an illuminated address, hound in one volume, coutaining tbe names of between 500 - 600 subscribers; from tbe town of Wimborne, piece of plate and address.
Mrs. Barton, diamond brooch;
Mrs. Bowring, sapphire and diamond bracelet;
Mr. Victor Bowring, old water-colour print of George IV. and book of engravings, a gold and ruby scarf pin;
Mr. and Mrs. Blood, set of enamel bottons; Mr. Cakraft, silver bowl;
Mr. Charles Lawrence, pendant, set diamonds
Lady Steward and Miss Tombee, jewelled metal cigarette case;


Among the guests were Prince and Princess Henry of Pless, the Duke and Ducbess of Somerset, the Duke aud Duchesse de Stackpoole, the Earl and Countess of Ilchester and Lady Muriel Fox Strangways, the Earl and Couutess of Eldon, the Earl ami Countess of Jersey, the Earl and Countess of Liatowei, the Earl aud Countess of Lindsay and Lady Evelyn Bertie, the Earl and Countess of Yarborough, the Earl and Countess of Malmesbury, the Earl aud Countess of Romney, the Earl and Countess of Leven and Melville, Viscount and Viscountess Duncaunon and the Misses Ponsonby, Lord and Latly Chelsea, Viscount and Viscountess Trafalgar, Lord and Lady Boyne, Lord and Lady Portman and the Hon. Mary Portman, Count Hadik, of the Austrian Embassy, Lord and Lady Eustace Cecil, Lord Henry and Lady Ulrica Thvnne, Lord and Lady Digby, Lady Vivian, Lord and Lady Alimtcn, Lord and Lady Newtown-Butler, Lord and Lady Grey do Ruthven, Lord and Lady Carew, Lord and Laily Manners, Lord and Lady Skehnersdale, Mr. aud Lady Margaret Loder, Mr. and Lidy Cecil Scott Montagu, the Dowager Laily Manners, Lonl Dynevor and the Misses Rice, Baron and Baroness George de Reuter, Sir John and Lady Hanham. Sir Richard and Laily Glyn, Sir James and Lady Duke, Sir F. and Laily Fitzwygram, Sir Walter and Lady Grove, Lady Prinsep, Mr. ami Mrs. Cornwallis West, Mr. and Mrs. Alexander C. Fraser, Mr. and Mrs. Alistair Fraser, Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Fraser, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Bankes, Miss Bankes, Mr. and Mrs. George Armstrong, Mr. and Mrs. Somerset Calthorpe, Captain Bagot, Mr. William Gillet, Mrs. Moreton Fre wen, Mr. Dudley Ryder, Mr. and Mrs. George Marshall, and many others
The reception held at the town house Mr John Fraser in Wilton Crescent was attended a large number the aristocracy. Subsequently the newlv married couple left town for Folkestone, en route for the Continent. The bride’s travelling dress was of fawn coloured poplin, and tulle hat trimmed with forget-me-not.


After a glamorous wedding at Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Street, London, Walter took his bride to the continent for their honeymoon, before bringing her home to Kingston Lacy. Two triumphal arches were erected over their route from Wimborne Minster station to the mansion and a huge crowd of people assembled to welcome them. At the first of the arches, at Hillbutts, the horses were removed from the carriage, which was then pulled for a distance of about a mile to the Kingston Lacy mansion by a team of enthusiastic men.

The Bankes family have lived in Dorset since the 17th century and owned land in east Dorset and Purbeck, including Studland. During this time the Bankes were often considered one of the most powerful families in England, owning both the estates of Corfe Castle and Kingston Lacy. In 1981, when Ralph Bankes died, he left the 16,000 acre estate to the National Trust.

Source:Morning Post ;Scotsmen; Salisbury and Winchester Journal ;Inverness Courier;National Trust;

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