The history behind our building: Update

The blog has been behind recently due to all of our internal walls been put up and redecorations and moving rooms around. However we now have loads to upload for the blog.

So to start with the much promised update on the history of the building. As some of you know at the beginning of August I was set the challenge to find out about the history behind the building where our new funeral home is.  As previously posted many of the usual places which I thought i could source information drew a blank and with lot's of people telling me to try the musuem or the local Library in Malvern. Andrew Phillips our Funeral Director and owner even took a trip down to Malvern Library one afternoon and although he and found out lot's of information about Malvern and Malvern Wells none specifically about this building.

Then when I had almost given up my prayers had been answered and I had my first glimpse into this building's mysterious past.

The Malvern Museum had emailed me back saying that the curator of the Museum and a local specialist in buildings had gone down to the library themselves and found out some interesting facts about the building known as Delyes. In fact the buildings real name is De Lys named after the Marquis De Lys. It is believed that the building we now occupy was once the stable for the Marquis, Francis Gabriel, and his wife, Mary Elizabeth Porter. Without giving much away the Marquis and Marchioness bought Kinnersley House (which is currently being restored) 1873 and together they gave much support and encouragement to the new Catholic Churches that were appearing in Malvern. St Wulstan Church being just down the road from where they lived.

Although confirming that the building was once a stable conclusively is proving elusive all of the facts are seeming to point in that direction. Anyway the Museum has agreed to continue digging into the past and will update me when they have more information. 

- Aimee Pugh

The history behind our building: First look

In the modern world, you expect that every little piece of information on the web. This, however, isn’t true as I found out today.  I have started working on looking into the history behind our building. This has proven to be quite a challenge as looking for the historical archives online isn’t easy. I decided to get in contact with the local library and the local council because they may be able to tell me where I could look and whether or not they had any information.

The websites I visited did warn me that it could take up to 10 working days for someone to reply to me so as soon as I have heard back from them I will be able to tell you more.

I hope that the history of the building is as good as I expect it to be considering the architecture of the building and the stories people have told us when passing by.

Updates to follow!

- Aimee Pugh