Morfa Hall

John Sisson was one of the first Commissioners of Rhyl, he served for many years and was a great benefactor to the town.  He acquired the site upon which Morfa Hall was built in 1824-5, it was then common land, bordering on the sandhills and beach.  The exact date when Mr Sisson built his house has remained obscure, but in 1839 he was known to be living at Morfa Lodge, and was still in residence in 1857.  Old maps of the period from 1857 onwards, show Morfa Hall as a building in three parts, the middle connected to the third part, but the first portion of the premises “Morfa Cottage”, separate and close to what was eventually Sea Street, then re-named Church Street.*

Advertisements appear in the North Wales Chronicle and the Liverpool Mercury in the period between February 1855 and February 1856 , they said Morfa Hall was “To be let”, they describe a superior house with buildings and lawns open to the sea and country, suitable for families of first class distinction, or for a first class school or boarding house.

Morfa Hall became the Parade Hotel, we don’t have the exact year but in June, 1865 the Liverpool Mercury carried an advertisement:

Parade Hotel, Rhyl.  This newly furnished Hotel is most conveniently situated for families and gentlemen visiting this well known and much frequented watering place, it stands in a handsome enclosure and commands an uninterrupted view of the sea.  An omnibus awaits the arrival of every train and steamer.  In order to secure suites of rooms, application should be made to the proprietor a few days prior to their being required, Emil Buhrer, Proprietor.

In 1875 the building became the “Morfa Hall Women’s Convalescent Home”.  The Women’s Convalescent Home was originally in premises on the corner of Elwy Street and Kinmel Street.   The increasing success of this home compelled the committee to look for more adequate accommodation.  In 1874, 199 were received in Elwy Street.  In 1875 on moving to Morfa Hall, where the accommodation was was largely increased, the number was 242.  In February 1876 there was an Annual General Meeting of the Governors, where the committee reported that the institution continued to prosper.  The patients had been sent chiefly from the “inland towns”, Birmingham alone having contribtuted 48.

Another image of Morfa Hall is available via “The People’s Collection”

http://www.peoplescollection.org.uk/Item/40282-morfa-hall-rhyl-1906

Here the information states that Morfa Hall was also once the Pier Hotel, other uses include Ysgol Dewi Sant:

http://welshjournals.llgc.org.uk/browse/viewpage/llgc-id:1218518/llgc-id:1220218/llgc-id:1220403/getText

The building also housed The Register Office. Today the building is occupied by the WCVA, the voice of the Voluntary Sector in Wales:

http://www.wcva.org.uk/about/index.cfm?display_sitedeptid=2

As always all comments are welcome, what do you know about Morfa Hall?

*”The Commissioners of Rhyl”,  Marjorie Howe.

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2 responses to “Morfa Hall

  1. Melanie Evans

    My grandfather, Henry Gordon Evans, managed Morfa Hall for a while during the Second World War when it was apparently being used as a convalescent home for injured servicemen. After the war he was asked to continue but my nain, Gladys Mary Evans, who was a senior nurse at Hellingly Hospital in East Sussex, was refused permission to leave her job. The medical director of the hospital reportedly thought she was “the best nurse in the hospital” and he had the power, at that time, to make her stay. My grandad couldn’t stay at Morfa Hall and lose his family, and thereby missed his only real chance to take his wife and children home to Wales and at the same time achieve a better standard of living

  2. Paul Salisbury

    Do you have any images of Morfa Hall in the 1960’s. I was a pupil their around 67-68. I am writing a book and would love to have some details on this period.

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