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.

Harry Leonard Mollekin


18 Tooker Road

Harry Leonard Mollekin, born in 1896 in Hull, is my first cousin, twice removed and son of Herbert Mollekin.

In 1920, in Rotherham, Harry married Elsie Hunt. Together, Harry and Elsie issued two children. Two of their great grandsons, James and Thomas Mollekin, are currently Britain’s tallest twins.

My father began working at the Parkgate Iron & Steel Company (near Rotherham) in 1956, as a Production Clerk, and he remembered seeing Harry working there.


Parkgate Iron & Steel Company

It is also of interest to note that Harry appears in the records of Barnsley Football Club as a player in 1920 and 1921.


Death of Mr. H. L. Mollekin

Mr. Harold Leonard Mollekin, of 18, Tooker Road, Rotherham, died last Sunday in Moorgate General Hospital. He was 79.

Mr. Mollekin, who was born in Hull, worked as a foreman bricklayer at the Park Gate Iron and Steel Company (now the British Steel Corporation) for 26 years until his retirement in 1962.


Moorgate Hospital

He served as a sergeant in the Royal Army Veterinary Corps. during World War One, and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in 1919.

Mr. Mollekin leaves two sons and four grandchildren.

Cremation took place at Rotherham yesterday (Thursday).

The mourners included Mr. Ronald Mollekin, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Mollekin (sons and daughters-in-law) and Mr. C. Lunn (friend).

MOLLEKIN. – Harry Leonard, aged 79, of 18, Tooker Road, Rotherham, husband of the late Elsie Mollekin, father of Ron and Roy, died in Moorgate General Hospital, on Sunday, February 22nd.