On Christmas Eve, 24th December 1914 Agatha Miller married Archie Christie, her first husband, at Emmanuel Church, Guthrie Road, Clifton, Bristol. On a recent visit to the city I did a bit of research to identify the location of the church only to discover, like in all good detective novels, that things were not as they first appeared to be.
Agatha had first met Archie at a dance in 1912. Following the outbreak of World War One, as a pilot in Royal Flying Corps Archie was sent to France.
Agatha’s autobiography recalls when he was home on leave they visited his family in Bristol and rather impulsively they decided to get married . Agatha’s family were not informed of the marriage until after the ceremony.
Christmas Eve morning was spent quickly arranging the wedding and obtaining a marriage licence, which cost £8, and then the wedding ceremony took place in the afternoon. Agatha attended the wedding wearing an ordinary coat and skirt. By good fortune, when they realised they needed a second witness, they met a friend of Agatha’s who acted as an impromptu witness and bridesmaid. The organist who was practicing in the church at the time agreed to play the Wedding March for them. It was here in the register that she signed her name Agatha Miller for the final time.
At the time of their wedding Agatha was not yet a published author.
Following their wedding they went to Torquay where Agatha’s mother lived and spent their wedding night in the Grand Hotel.
Emmanuel Church, where the Christies married, was demolished in 1977 and today only the church tower remains and it has been incorporated into the flats that where built on the site.
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