The ceremony took ages – Derby Mercury 26 October 1786:
Bristol, October 21. Tuesday was married at Stapleton Church in the County of Gloucester, Mr. John Harford, aged 79, to Mrs Elizabeth Neal, aged 98, both of the same Parish. There was a vast Concourse of People assembled on the above Occasion, who strewed Flowers from the Church Door to the Altar. The Woman was so very deaf, that it was with Difficulty the Minister went through the Ceremony.