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What is a "moberly" room?

This is something that has puzzled me for 40 years. When I was in high school I read a book (can't remember the title or author) that was set in Victorian England. A room in a big mansion was described as a "moberly" room.Does anybody know what "moberly" is? It wasn't anybody's name. I can't find this word in any dictionary or online. Any ideas?

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Curious Cat from South Norfolk, Virginia

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September 19, 20070 found this helpful

I tried to search, rolled through ten pages of links, and all I got was Moberly Missouri.

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September 19, 20070 found this helpful

Back in Victorian days, the maids wore MOB caps. I wonder if the room had anything to do with the servants??

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September 19, 20070 found this helpful

I tried a little research as I like a challenge but to no avail. I couldn't find anything.
I used to stay in a manor house when I was young (my parents had the housekeepers cottage) as I recollect all the rooms had names. Sometimes named after people i.e.The Queen Anne room or after the colour of the room. Moberly could simply be named after someone.

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This is going to drive me crazy now- I will keep on researching and let you know if i find anything. A 40 year old mystery must be put to bed!

Monique
Somerset, UK

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September 19, 20070 found this helpful

Hello again! I just found in Wiki that in Old English, Moberly is "a fortified clearing in a forest where assemblies are held" So perhaps the room was where important assemblies for the dignified gentry of the day held discussions about important things - or such like !

I will keep on trying!
Monique

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September 20, 20070 found this helpful

According to Wikipedia: Old English, "a fortified clearing in a forest where assemblies are held"

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October 4, 20070 found this helpful

I contacted Dear Webby and this is what he had to say about a Moberly Room.

A moberly room is a furnished room, or sometimes a furniture storage room.
If it is called a Moberly, then it is a maid's room or a mother visiting room and has very basic facilities (sink, snack-fridge and hotplate).

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By guest (Guest Post)
October 4, 20070 found this helpful

I have a letter from you addressed to the Merriam-Webster dictionary company, asking just this question. Your letter does not include a street address or zip code number, so I'm
hazarding a guess here. Without the book's title or author, though, this information remains a guess. George Moberly and his son, Robert, were British theologians who lived during the Victorian era. Perhaps a "Moberly room" in a mansion was where a devout family held certain religious observances. If you remember the book, please let me know.

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