Some Beautiful Dresses


Bride & bridegroom

Dorothy May Mollekin, born in 1898 in Pontefract, is my first cousin, twice removed and daughter of Herbert Mollekin.

Below is a newspaper article published shortly after Dorothy’s marriage to Charles Henry Brooke.





“Happy the bride whom the sun shines on” is an old Yorkshire saying that can fittingly be applied to Miss Dorothy May Mollekin, fourth daughter of Mr. Herbert Mollekin and Mrs. Mollekin, of The Grange, Maltby, who was married at Maltby Parish Church on Wednesday afternoon to Mr. Chas. Henry Brooke, son of Mr. And Mrs. J. Brooke, of Edlington, near Doncaster, for a more beautiful spring day for a wedding could not have been desired, nor could a more radiant bride. Another happy omen occurred later in the afternoon when the news of the success of Mr. Mollekin’s horse, “Hereford Lad,” which won the first race at Kelso, was received.

Saint Bartholomew's Church, Maltby (19)

Saint Bartholomew’s Church

The Rev. C. E. Hughes, Vicar of Maltby, was the officiating clergyman, and the service was choral, the Maltby Church choir being in attendance. The hymn, ”The voice that breathed o’er Eden,” was sung, and the music played by Mr. Reeves, the organist, included Beethoven’s “Wedding March.”

The bride, who was given away by her father, was beautifully gowned in ivory georgette, on a foundation of frilled crepe-de-chine finished with pointed lace and ribbon. The tucked panels of ivory georgette from the shoulder to the hem were stitched with pearl beads, and the long sleeves were also of ivory georgette. At the waist was a girdle of orange, blossom and myrtle leaves. The train was of chenille georgette, and fell from the shoulders, where it was fastened with two diamond-shaped pearl ornaments, in Watteau pleats. It was faced back with ivory georgette, on which was designed a horse shoe worked in pearls, and which was edged with pearl trimming and bordered with silver loops. The veil of Brussels net had a coronet of orange blossom and myrtle leaves, and was richly embroidered at the corners with marguerites.


Bridal party

At the altar the bride knelt on a lovely cushion in ivory chenille georgette, with silver picot edge. On the cushion were worked marguerites and a true lover’s knot. Silver shoes completed the bride’s dainty and altogether charming attire. Her bouquet was of lilies of the valley and white heather.

The bride was attended by her two sisters, Miss Ivy Mollekin and Miss Sybil Mollekin, whose dresses, of broderie anglaise or net, were draped at the sides, and caught up with huge silver roses. The foundations were of ivory glace silk trimmed with frills and insertion. Their closely fitting bodices were of Haitienne silk, and their tiny puff sleeves were finished off with silver trimming. The dresses were of ankle length. Their head dresses were bands of silver roses and leaves. They carried bouquets of mauve and white tulips, and wore gold wristlet watches, the gifts of the bridegroom.

The little train bearer, Miss Diana Vasey, daughter of Mr. Melton Vasey, Doncaster, the well-know trainer of Mr. Mollekin’s horses, was dressed in ivory georgette, with silver leaves round her hair. She wore a gold neck-chain, the gift of the bridegroom.

The best man was Mr. T. Brookfield, junr.

The bride’s mother was in black charmeuse, with black sequin overdress. The side-back drapings were faced back with white charmeuse, finished off with a brilliant buckle. The corsage was piped with ivory charmeuse. She wore a black tagel hat with paradise plume.

The bridegroom’s mother wore a cinnamon-brown marocain silk gown, with one-sided panel traced in Egyptian colours. On the right side the cascade was caught up with twists of beads. She wore a brown georgette hat to match.

All the dresses were made by Miss R. Webb, of 74, Frederick street, and late of Mme. Jarrold’s.

After the ceremony a reception was held by Mr. And Mrs. H. Mollekin at the Oriental Cafe of Messrs. Henry Gough, Ltd. Later Mr. And Mrs. Brooke left for a short honeymoon at Bridlington, and will take up residence at The Stud Farm, Tickhill Castle, on Monday. The bride’s travelling costume was of brown gaberdine, and she wore a red satin hat, a fox fur, and brown shoes.


Bride’s parents

The nuptial rejoicings were continued throughout the day, and the admirable manner in which all the arrangements were carried out was typical of the unsurpassed way in which Messrs. Henry Gough, Ltd., carry out such functions in regard to both provision and service. Both wedding breakfast and dance supper were daintily served, and the tables were tastefully set out and decorated. About ninety guests were present at the wedding breakfast. The wedding cake, made by Messrs. Henry Gough, Ltd., was in three tiers, and approached four feet in height. It was elegantly decorated, and was a striking specimen of the confectioner’s art.

The company adjourned to The Grange to view the wedding presents, after which afternoon tea was served in the cafe.

Ere evening arrived the cafe had been converted into a dance hall, for which purpose it is admirably suited. The supper-room was downstairs and another room was laid with soft thick carpets and attractively arranged as a lounge.

The full cafe orchestra, including a saxophone player, played brilliantly for the dancing, which was continued until a late hour.


Carr Lane, The Grange, Maltby (Copyright Ann Mollekin)

The Grange

The wedding presents were as follows: – Bridegroom to bride, travelling coat; bride to bridegroom, signet ring; Mr. H. Mollekin, cheque; Mrs. Mollekin, household linen; Mr. and Mrs. Brooks, cheque; Mr. and Mrs. Brookfield and family, silver ink stand and toast rack; Mr. and Mrs. E. J. McGlade, cut glass decanters; Mr. and Mrs. Skerrow, trinket service; Mr. W. Fox and Miss M. Brookfield, Wedgewood biscuit barrell; Miss P. D. Hickling, carver rests; employees of Mr. J. Brooks, mahogany clock; Mrs. Carter, table centre (hand made); Mr. and Mrs. Oughton, carvers (case of); Miss Hunter, silver cake basket; Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Mollekin, easy chair; Mr. and Mrs. F. Brooks, tea service; Miss Taylor, cut glass pickle jar; Mr. and Mrs. Etchell, cut glass glass and jug; Mr. and Mrs. Wright, half-dozen tea cups, saucers and plates; Mr. and Mrs. S. Mollekin, cut glass salad bowl; Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Booth, oxidised silver kerb and companion set; Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Smith, cheque; Mr. and Mrs. R. Marsh, case of afternoon tea knives; Mr. and Mrs. T. Fawcett, water colour pictures and frames; Mr. and Mrs. F. Lidgett, suede cushion; Mr. and Mrs. E. Allsopp, satin cushion; Mr. and Mrs. Marshall, satin cushion; Mr. and Mrs. H. Crowther, biscuit barrel; Miss M. Brook, satin cushion, Mr. S. Brook and family, case stainless knives; Mr. and Mrs. Hancock and family, biscuit barrel; Mr. and Mrs. Evans and family, cut glass jug; Mr. and Mrs. Pearson, double dinner service; Dr. E. and Mrs. Dufty, paffou; Misses Ellis, silver sugar scope; Messrs. Mason, silver butter dish; Mr. Porter, cheese and butter dish; cousins, half-dozen silver serviette rings; Mr. and Mrs. F. Hopkinson, silver candlesticks; Mr. and Mrs. T. Bains, jardinier; Ald. E. and Mrs. Dunn, bronze copper coal scuttle; Mrs. Berwick, cream and sugar basin and silver stand; Tommy and Dolly White, silver salt cellar; Mr. Stan. Mollekin and Miss Wrigley, eiderdown; Mr. And Mrs. C. Sykes, oak oval mirror; Mr. and Mrs. J. Lant, cut glass salad bowl; gardeners, dolly tub, etc., etc., Mr. and Mrs. G. Crowther, cut-glass salad bowl; Fred, Claude and Jack, chamber service; Ivy and Sybil, copper kerb and companion set; Mr. A. Plant and family, silver teapot, cream jug and sugar basin; Mr. and Mrs. J. Mollekin, silver teapot; Mr. and Mrs. Davy, copper coal box, Mr. and Mrs. G. Brocklesby, silver teaspoons; Miss Wells, China salad bowl; Mr. and Mrs. Hanford, silver card tray; Mr. and Mrs. G. Woodcock, 400 day clock; Mr. and Mrs. Mills, cake stand; Katherine, Dorothy and Jack, case carvers; Mr. and Mrs. H. Nicholson, salt cellars, Mr. and Mrs. Whitely, kitchen rug; A Friend, case fish eaters; Master C. Chambers, ash and cigarette tray; Miss Firth, chamber service; Mr. W. A. Wolstenholme, fruit spoons; Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Hoyland, cutlery; Mr. S. Hawley, carvers; Mrs. J. Dickinson (Highfields), tablecloth; Mrs. H. Moorhouse, candlesticks; Miss W. Dickinson, silver vase; Mr. and Mrs. H. Mollekin, coffee service; Mr. and Mrs. Vasey, bronzed flower vases; A Friend, bolster and pillow slips; Mr. and Mrs. Farrar, bronze tray; A. Swallow (Barnsley), mustard pot.