Cambridge Evening news

Object number

LDVAL 2007.20.12

Date

after 2005

Description

Laminated newspaper clipping from Cambridge Evening News highlighting an article on the 100th birthday of Elizabeth Lilian Prevost on 31st December 2005. Lil died just 44 days later on 13th February 2006.

The Westover family purchased Broomfields House, Chadwell Heath (now the site of Broomfield Road) in 1927. The first residents were William and Mary Ann Westover. The family's connection with Chadwell Heath stemmed from William's friendship with Mr Maskell of Grove Farm, Chadwell Heath and in 1923 William and Mary Ann's son, William, married Miss Ethel Maskell. Having established a sack and bag manufacturing business in Bethnal Green in 1910 the business flourished and by 1927 a large house with land was needed. Broomfields fitted the bill perfectly. The house was big enough to accommodate the five remaining children who were living at home and the land, which ran alongside the railway line, was ideal for drying the bacon wrappers that had been washed in Bethnal Green. There was also a wooden cottage named Woodcote which stood in the grounds fronting Broomfield Road. Broomfields House was demolished in 1957 and the 2 and three-quarter acres of land became the site of 32 houses.

Elizabeth “Lil” Lilian Westover (1905 – 2006) worked for the family business. In 1934 she married Albert Edward Prevost (1901 – 1986). They rented Woodcote after their marriage and their only child, Alan (1935 - ) was born there. They lived there until 1957, and later moved to Harold Wood and Cambridgeshire.

She was married from Broomfields House and had her wedding photographs taken in the garden there.

Physical description

Coloured newspaper clipping encased in a laminate sheet. The main photograph shows Lil seated in a floral chair holding, in her right hand, her card from the Queen, and a glass of red wine in her left hand. To the left of this photograph is the main text of the article, below which is a smaller photograph of Lil with her son Alan on her right and her daughter-in-law Brenda on her left.

Condition

Good

Type

Newspaper Clipping

Size

Whole length: 303mm
width: 216mm
Article length: 228mm
width: 208mm

Collection type

Social history

Inscription

Inscription Printed On front: Working hard drives Lil, 100 A GREAT grandmother is celebrating her 100th birthday today. Elizabeth Prevost (nee Westover) has lived in Over for the last 30 years since she moved from Essex to be closer to her only child, Alan, in Swavesey. Known as Lil, the self-taught dressmaker, born in Bethnal Green, East London, became renowned in the village for her sewing and knitting for fundraising events and for clothes alterations. Following the death of her husband Albert in 1986, she supervised the building of a new bungalow in Station Road, Over, aged 83. Daughter-in-law Brenda Prevost said it was Lil’s work ethic that kept her going. She said: “She is one of the last East End matriarchs. She has been very hard-working all her life and if anyone asks how she has lived so long, ‘hard work’ is how she always replies. “It annoyed her when she reached her 90s and she could not paint or put up the wallpaper. She would put any man to shame the amount of work she would do.” A birthday tea for family, friends and carers was being held today at the retirement home in Elm Court, Drings Close, Over, where Lil now lives.

Alternative reference

Entry Number 1686/12 (2007-05-21)

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Metadata
Start dateafter 2005
InstitutionValence House Museum
TypeNewspaper Clipping
Collection typeSocial history