Christening gown petticoat

Object number

LDVAL 2007.20.9b

Date

after 1935

Description

Petticoat from the christening gown worn by Alan Edward Prevost (1935 - ), only child of Elizabeth Lilian Westover and Albert Edward Prevost.

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

Cream cotton petticoat for christening gown. Sleeveless, plain edges around neckline and armholes. Embroidered trim at bottom hem. 4 piece construction: halter-top stitched to skirt, which is composed of 2 panels stitched together vertically, and trim at bottom. Open half way down back, fastened with 2 pairs of cotton tape ties.

Condition

Good

Type

Christening gown

Size

Whole length: 620mm
width: 240mm
width: 460mm
width: 300mm

Collection type

Social history

Alternative reference

Entry Number 1686/9 (2007-05-10)

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Metadata
Start dateafter 1935
InstitutionValence House Museum
TypeChristening gown
Collection typeSocial history