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Ackland Allen family of the Manor House

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As a result of delving around the social history of the village we have found some information about the Ackland Allen family, former residents of the Manor House. The Acland Allens were related to Elizabeth Giles, formerly of Manor Piece.  And there's a connection to the broadcaster, David Dimbleby.
 
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Photo above:Left: Dorothy Florence Ackland Allen, spinster (1887 – June 1963), right: Elgiva Mary Ackland Allen (1890 -1970)
 

The above were children of Charles and Gertrude Ackland Allen

Elgiva married FLN Giles and Elizabeth Giles (formerly of Manor Piece) was their daughter

Dorothy Ackland Allen was President of the St Hilary WI. Below is a photo of her at a Garden Fete in the Manor House grounds.

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7 July 1916 Glamorgan Gazette

Interesting wedding at St. Hilary. Marriage of Miss Ackland-Allen and Major FLN. Giles. DSO, RE

The beautiful Parish Church of St. Hilary was the scene of an interesting wedding, which took place on Thursday last week, between Major F. L. N. Giles, D.S.O., Royal Engineers, son of Mr. Frank Giles (late T.C.S.) and the late Mrs. Giles, and Elgiva, younger daughter of Captain and Mrs. Ackland-Allen, of St. Hilary Manor, Cowbridge.

The route to the church was tastefully decorated by the villagers, who evinced the greatest interest in the proceedings of the day.

The ceremony, which took place at 2.30 p.m., was performed by the Ven. Archdeacon Edmondes (late of Llandaff), assisted by the Rev. L. S. Crockett, Rector of the parish. The service, which was fully choral, was beautifully rendered by the Llandaff Parish Choir, under the direction of Mr. Beale, organist of Llandaff Cathedral.

The bride, who was given away by her father, looked charming in a gown of white satin, veiled in ninon, in addition to which she wore a magnificent court train chiefly composed of old Limerick lace (lent by the bride's grandmother, Mrs. Thomas Allen). Her veil was of white tulle, over which was worn an empire wreath of green leaves; and her only ornament was a diamond water-lily brooch, the gift of the bridegroom. She was attended by three bridesmaids-Miss Dorothy Ackland-Allen (sister of the bride), Miss Edith Read, and Miss Olive Nicholl-and Master David Lindsay (in full Highland costume), youngest son of Colonel and Mrs. Morgan Lind- say, Ystrad Mynach.

The bridegroom was supported by Lt.-Colonel J. Brough, C.M.G. and M.V.O., as best man. The bridesmaids were attired in picturesque dresses of pink and white flowered chine silk, made in Romney style, and wore large black picture hats, with pink streamers. They carried shower bouquets of pink roses, which, with brooches of the Regimental Badge of the Royal Engineers in gold and enamel, were the gifts of the bridegroom. The bride's mother was gowned in white charmeuse, veiled in black lace, and wore a black hat. She carried a bouquet of mauve sweet peas.

A small reception was held after the ceremony at St. Hilary Manor, where the numerous and costly presents were on view. Later in the afternoon, the bride and bridegroom left for London, en route for the New Forest, where the honeymoon will be spent. The bride's going away dress was of beige-coloured cloth, faced with pale pink silk, and a small black hat. Amongst those present at the ceremony were: Mr. F. Giles (father of the bridegroom) the Misses Robertson (aunts of bridegroom); Mrs. Thomas Allen (grandmother of bride) Mr. and Mrs. T. Mansel Franklen; Mrs. Morgan Lind- say, Ystrad Mynach; General and Mrs. Tyler, Llantrithyd; Mrs. Arthur Bearcroft, Worcestershire; Miss Vernon, Worcestershire; Mrs. F. J. Wood; Colonel and Mrs. Edwardes-Vaughan; Major and Mrs. Stewart, Carmarthenshire; Mrs. Powell-Rees, Monmouthshire; Colonel and Mrs. Nicholl, Merthyrmawr; Mrs. Williams, Miskin; Colonel and Mrs. Prichard; Mrs. Jenner, Wenvoe; Mr. Peter Powlett, Monmouth- shire; Captain Lionel Lindsay; and many others.

A full list of presents will appear next week.

Information found in the diary of Dorothy Ackland Allen (found at a jumble sale)[i]

In the notes on the transcription it states that additional information was given by Jeannie Griffiths of Little Hall Cottage, St Hilary.

Most of the family are buried in a corner of St Hilary graveyard facing the south porch.

There seem to have been 3 children; Dorothy, Elgiva and Tommy. Dorothy never married and died at St Hilary Manor house in the 1960s. Elgiva married a Captain Giles and had two children. Elizabeth, who also never married and is buried in St Hilary Churchyard and Frank.

Frank Thomas Robertson Giles[ii] (born 31 July 1919) was editor of the British Sunday Times newspaper from 1981–83. He is the son of Col Frank Lucas Netlam Giles OBE (d. 1930) and Elgiva Mary Ackland-Allen (1890-1970), who were married in 1916 in the bride's home parish of St. Hilary in the Vale of Glamorgan. The Ackland-Allen family of St. Hilary Manor and Elgiva's maternal ancestors, the Bearcrofts, are well documented in The Longcrofts: 500 Years of a British Family by James Phillips-Evans (2012). Frank married Lady Katherine Sackville ('Kitty') in 1946 and they had three children, the youngest of whom, Belinda, is married to television broadcaster David Dimbleby[iii]. Belinda is a granddaughter of Herbrand Sackville, 9th Earl De La Warr[iv]

There is a plaque inside St Hilary Church commemorating Hugh Thomas Ackland-Allen who died at Ypres on 23 October 1914 aged 21. Tommy?

Elgiva married a Captain Giles and had two children. Elizabeth, who also never married and is buried in St Hilary Churchyard and Frank.

Frank Thomas Robertson Giles[i] (born 31 July 1919) was editor of the British Sunday Times newspaper from 1981–83. He stood down in the wake of the Hitler Diaries scandal[ii]. He is the son of Col Frank Lucas Netlam Giles OBE (d. 1930) and Elgiva Mary Ackland-Allen (1890-1970), who were married in 1916 in the bride's home parish of St. Hilary in the Vale of Glamorgan. The Ackland-Allen family of St. Hilary Manor and Elgiva's maternal ancestors, the Bearcrofts, are well documented in The Longcrofts: 500 Years of a British Family by James Phillips-Evans (2012).

(The Colonel Giles who is buried in St Hilary churchyard was the man who surveyed and drew up Nigeria's borders(along straight lines ignoring tribal areas but in those days thinking was different). His memorabilia is stored in the Royal Engineer's Museum, Gillingham, Kent . The contact for the museum is Rebecca Blackburn This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Frank married Lady Katherine Sackville ('Kitty') in 1946 and they had three children, the youngest of whom, Belinda, is married to television broadcaster David Dimbleby[iii]. Belinda is a granddaughter of Herbrand Sackville, 9th Earl De La Warr[iv]

Lady Katherine was accomplished at playing host to the great and the good. But, although she had been brought up with all the comforts of the privileged elite, she was almost equally at home among the inmates and warders of Brixton Prison, where she was a regular visitor[v][vi].

 

 



[i]A copy of a diary of Dorothy Florence Ackland Allen (1909) can be found in the history room at the Old Hall, Cowbridge. Monica Dennis also has a copy. It was sent from the Radyr & Morganstown Local History Society. 54 Pentwyn, Radyr, Cardiff, CF15 8RE 029 2084 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (Alan Cook)