Bryn Marle, Llanrhros

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  1. Bay Horse

    Bay Horse Can be a bit of a dark horse

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    I'm looking for information on a children's convalescent home in Llanrhos, called 'Bryn Marle'. A family member was a patient there in 1901.

    There would appear to be a Marl Hall around there in the mid-1800s, owned by a Peers Williams, that fell into disrepair. This, I imagine, was in the same vicinity. I don't know this area of North Wales very well.

    Most of the staff and all of the convalescing children are from the Birmingham/Midlands area. Could it have been to house children suffering from tb, perhaps?

    Is the building still there?

    Any info gratefully received.
     
  2. Huncamunca

    Huncamunca The Knowledgeable One

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    The Birmingham Hospital Saturday Fund first rented and later bought Marle Hall, as a convalescent home for women, according to an interesting little history of the BHSF here (see p.17 in particular):

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  3. AnnB

    AnnB Editor in Chief who is Hot off the Press!

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    And just to add to Huncamunca's very interesting find

    Worcester Chronicle 14th February 1903
    Mr George Cadbury has sent, on behalf of himself and Mrs Cadbury, a cheque for £500 towards the enlargement of Marle Hall, the Birmingham Hospital Saturday Fund's Convalescent Home for Women, Llanrhos, and he expresses the hope than in future the new Marle Hall will do much for the suffering womanhood of Birmingham.

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  4. Bay Horse

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    Brilliant! Thank you, both.
     
  5. gillyflower

    gillyflower Always caring about others

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    "In august 1966 after 72 years Marle Hall became a white elephant and was only being fully used for a few weeks in the summer. Followibg its closure it remained unsold until it was finally disposed of in 1969" - but I'm not sure what happened then. Couldn't find anything else about it.
     
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    Ah, found it, Gillyflower. It's now in the hands of Warwickshire Outdoor Education Service. Pictures, too - the hall looks quite imposing.

    I felt sure it would be under a housing estate by now.

    The nine-year-old on the census grew up fit and well, and I'm told always spent her family holidays in that area with her own children. She obviously liked it enough to return every summer.
     

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