Wedding garter

Object number

LDVAL 2007.20.4

Date

before 1933

Description

Wedding garter worn by Rosina Westover in 1933.

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.

Rosina Mary Ann Westover (1902 – 2001) kept house for her parents from the time she left school, allowing her mother to deal with the family business. In 1933 she married Frank Corsi (1899 – 1989), who also worked for the Westover family business, and they lived at Broomfields until it was sold off and demolished in 1958. They later lived at Gidea Park and Bournemouth. They had one daughter, Jean Mary Rose Corsi (1937 - ).

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

Physical description

Purple satin garter. Graduated colour from lilac to mid-purple. Decorated with a purple fabric rose, with purple buds, green leaves and purple wax drops. Lined with white gauze.

Condition

Good

Type

Garter

Size

Whole length: 189mm
width: 22mm

Collection type

Social history

Alternative reference

Entry Number 1686/4 (2007-05-10)

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Metadata
Start datebefore 1933
InstitutionValence House Museum
TypeGarter
Collection typeSocial history