BRIDGES-ADAMS, Marguerite Doris

1895 - 1963

Marguerite Bridges-Adams

As Marguerite Doris Wellsted, she was born at Hull, Yorkshire in 1895, youngest daughter of William Henry Wellsted, a civil engineer, and his wife Eliza née Maisey, who married at Camberwell, London in 1881. In 1901, a 6 year old, living at Tranby Lodge, Hessle Without, Yorkshire with her parents, 55 year old William and 41 year old Eliza, and two sibling sisters, Violet R. 13, and Elsie T. 9, and they retained four indoor servants. Educated at Badminton House, Bristol, Marguerite married firstly at All Saints' Church, Hessle on 19 August 1916, Lt. Col. Colin Reith Coote (1893-1979), later Sir Colin, editor of the Daily Telegraph, of Stukley Hall, Huntingdon. They had two daughters Unity Reith Coote (1918-1980) and Patience Wellstead Reith Coote (1921-1975), Marguerite and Colin divorced being granted a decree nisi on 30 July 1924. Marguerite married secondly at Paddington, London in 1929, William Bridges-Adams (1889-1965), theatrical historian, director and designer, and in 1937 they were living at Badingham Old Rectory, Suffolk, their son was John Nicholas William Bridges-Adams (1930-1998). A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1943-1949, although she had exhibited in 1942, two works 'Oakenhill, Badingham' and 'Hatfield Heath, Essex', and as Mrs Bridges-Adams exhibited from the Old Rectory, Badingham in 1943, three works 'Suffolk, November', 'Eikersdal, Norway' and a pastel 'Summer Flowers', in 1945 a watercolour 'Hill Farm, North Wales', in 1947 two works 'Porth Farm House, Cornwall' and 'Mawgan, Porth'. In 1949 she exhibited from The Lodge, Glengariff, Co. Cork two watercolours, 'Bantry Bay from Glengariff' and 'Dunanus Bay, County Cork'. She died at her home in Waterfall, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland on 14 February 1963.