Interesting Maltby Wedding

Saint Bartholomew's Church, Maltby (19)

Saint Bartholomew’s Church

Harry Leonard Mollekin is my first cousin, twice removed and son of Herbert Mollekin.

In 1920, Harry married Elsie Hunt and below is a newspaper article published shortly after their marriage. I’ve transcribed the newspaper article exactly as it appeared, but it does state that ‘Ernest L. Mollekin’ married Elsie, which is obviously an error.




A considerable amount of interest was taken in the wedding at the Maltby parish Church on Wednesday morning, of Mr. Ernest L. Mollekin, third son of Mr. H. and Mrs. Mollekin, of “McLarren Crescent,” Maltby, and Miss Elsie Hunt, eldest daughter of Mrs. and the late Mr. F. W. Hunt, of the White Swan Inn, Maltby. In the absence of the Rev. H. W. Mackay, the ceremony was conducted by the Rev. J. Greenwood, of the New Church.

The bride, who was given away by her uncle, Mr. J. Kirk, of Leeds, wore a pale mauve crepe-de-chine dress with Georgette over pearl and sequin net, and hat to match. She carried a bouquet of white carnations.

The bridesmaids, Miss Winnie Hunt (sister of the bride) and Miss Sybil Mollekin (sister of the bridegroom) were attired in pale blue silk dresses with trimmings of cream lace, and wore hats to match. They carried bouquets consisting of sweet peas. The bride’s mother (Mrs. Hunt) wore a pale grey crepe-de-chene dress with gold trimmings and hat to match, whilst the the bridegroom’s mother (Mrs. Mollekin) was attired in a navy blue silk dress with Georgette sleeves and gold trimmings.

Mr. Bert Mollekin (brother of the bridegroom) undertook the duties of best man.

The service was fully choral and the church was tastefully decorated. The organist, Mr. W. H. Hawcroft, played Mendelssohn’s Wedding March, and the hymns, “The Voice that breathed o’er Eden” and “O Father all creating,” were well rendered.

The bride’s mother held a reception at the White Swan Inn, where numerous friends were entertained.

The bridegroom’s gift to the bride was a diamond ring, and to the bridesmaids he gave gold brooches. The bride’s gift to the bridegroom was a pair of gold cuff links. The large number of wedding gifts included a cheque and household linen, Mrs. Hunt; furniture, Mr. and Mrs. Mollekin; inlaid mahogany clock, workmen at the Thurcroft Colliery, where the bridegroom is employed; silver flower vase, the Maltby Show Committee; eiderdown, Mrs. Pearson, of the Don John Inn; large rug, the staff of the White Swan Inn; and cheques, Mr. Bert Mollekin and Mr. and Mrs. Crompton.

The honeymoon is being spent at Llandudno, at the end of which the happy couple will reside at Thurcroft. The bride travelled in a fawn coloured costume.

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