Matt Houlbrook: mobile historian; beard growing, head shaving; occasional cycling.
On 11 June 1925, two sisters marry two friends at St Matthew’s Church, a short walk from Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. But who was who, and why did one of the couples return ten months later to change the names on their marriage certificate? Why did the man born Albert E. Marriott in 1903 now call himself Richard Dent, when he usually introduced himself as Guy Hart? What did the couples call each other in the privacy of the new home they set up together (with a donkey called Archie) in a bungalow in Westerhanger?
It’s all in a name, but the names always change.