Monday, 7 November 2011

Dorothy Margaret Morgan

Dorothy Margaret Morgan was the wife of Charles Archibald Vlieland .
Their marriage was in December 1914 in Cardiff.

She was born in June 1886 in Cardiff as daughter of Richard Morgan and Annie Chamberlain .(11a 364)
She died at the age of 55 in March 1942 in Leicester( 7a 481).
Which would indicate this is probably her family.

891 Census 20 Ruthin Gdns St John Cardiff
Richard Morgan 29 Secretary to Coal Company b Cardiff
Annie C wife 27 b Guernsey
DOROTHY M dau 4 b Cardiff
Margery M dau 1 b Cardiff
Minnie Jones 20 servant

1901 Census Station Rd Llanishen
Richard Morgan 39 Sec to Ltd Co b Cardiff
Annie C wife 37 b Guernsey
DOROTHY M 14 b Cardiff
Margery dau 11 b Cardiff
Charlotte Monfries m-in-law widow 77 Living on own means b Exeter
Marion Monfries s-in-law 41 Living on own means b Guernsey
Sarah Jones 23 servant
Annie Preece 22 Cook

1911 Census Hillerest Llanishen nr Cardiff
Richard Morgan 49 Chartered Secretary to Ltd Co b Cardiff
Annie Chamberlain Morgan wife 47 b Guernsey
Dorothy Margaret Morgan dau 24 b Guernsey
Eveline Hall 28 cook
Rose H Hood 29 servant

Richard Morgan & Annie Chamberlain Monfries
marriage Jun qtr 1885 Cardiff 11a 429

In a letter to a miss Davies het mentions his beloved mother in law.
"Dear Miss Davies
Thank you very much for your efforts over the Birmingham Mail. I am very glad to have the extra copies - one I shall now be able to send to my beloved mother in law, who is the Anne of the dedication (To Another Anne whose spirits as unquenchable as my love for her) and will be thrilled to bits!
I return your copy of the book endorsed on the title page.
Yours sincerely
Archie Wheeland"
Also we know now that his beloved mother in law is the Ann of the dedication in this book.

Charles dedicated his books to

The Grand Hotel on Granby Street, designed by Cecil Ogden in 1898.

Occupying a prominent corner position in Granby Street the Grand Hotel serves to remind us of the scale of new hotels built at the end of the 19th Century. Built of red brick and stone in a grandiose style, it replaced the Blue Lion Coaching Inn, a Victorian public house, which was demolished along with the Carlton Hotel and the Conservative Club to make way for the Grand, one of Leicester’s premier hotels. The main part of the hotel was designed by Cecil Ogden in 1898 in a grand Franco-German Renaissance style reminiscent of the sixteenth century Two years later a corner addition was added by Amos Hall. The design here seems to have been influenced by the churches designed by Sir Christopher Wren.

A small hotel brochure from 1901 describes the hotel in glowing terms and it is clear which type of clientèle it attracted in its heyday: “Under its appropriate title ‘the Grand Hotel’ has formed the temporary home of the elite of English Society and of notabilities sojourning in Leicester. It is a favourite house with our Canadian and American cousins, and is generally admitted to be the finest hotel not only in Leicester, but in the Midlands’”

For its distinguished visitors it offered the best of amenities including a coffee room, drawing room and a Palm Court. One of the handsomest public rooms was the King’s Hall with walls and pillars decorated with Californian onyx and two large, carved, open, marble fire-places. Daily rates were from seven shillings and sixpence a day for sitting rooms and four shillings and sixpence a day for bedrooms. Visitors’ servants were charged five shillings a day for board and bedrooms were from two shillings and sixpence a day, according to position.

The hotel is now owned by Mercure Hotel Group and is called Mercure Leicester City Hotel. The hotel is now described as a place where ‘Victorian charm and elegance meets modern comfort’.


Banner, J. 1994 Out and About in Leicester, Leicester: Leicester City Council

Taylor, M. 1997 The Quality Of Leicester, Leicester: Leicester City Council.

The other marriage of Charles is to   Audrey Hubert. nee Audrey Louisa Hanhart 

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