Crowning the May Queen 1934

Object number

ldval 2009.9.30


Newspaper cut out of a photograph taken of the crowning of the May queen at St John the Devine, Becontree in 1934. Though Joyce is not the May queen herself, she may have been one of the attendants. Church material belonging to the donors Mother, Joyce Chipperfield (nee Stephens). Joyce was born on 17th December 1920 and attended Castle school and during the 1920's was a choir member at St John's Church, Goresbrook Road Becontree, where she met her furure husband Robert Chipperfield, who's family had moved from Croyden early in the decade, to the new Becontree Estate. Joyce and R.A.F Sergeant Robert were married at St Margaret's Church on 22nd July 1944. They lived at 5 Castle Road with Joyce's parents, Alfred and Florence. Joyce was Church organist at St John's Church and regularly filled in at St Cedd and St Alban Churches, even after the couple moved in 1954. Joyce was Church organist at St Patrick's Church, Barking, for many years. Joyce and Bob moved to Southend-on-Sea in1979. Bob passed away in 2003, and Joyce currently resides in a care home in Thundersley.

Physical description

Newspaper cut out of a photograph taken of the crowning of the May queen at St John the Devine church, Becontree in 1934. Photo depicts the moment the Queen was crowned and shows the children taking part.




Church material


Whole length: 142mm
Whole width: 205mm

Collection type



Typescript Printed beneath the Photograph: Crowning the May Queen at St John's Church, Becontree, on Saturday.

Alternative reference

Entry Number 1757 (2009-06-08)

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InstitutionValence House Museum
TypeChurch material
Collection typeEphemera