Photograph of the alter table at St John the Devine

Object number

LDVAL 2009.9.27


Monotone photograph of the alter table at St John the Devine Church, Becontree. 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

Monotone photograph of the alter table at St John the Devine Church, Becontree. The picture is of a close up of the alter table, covered with a paisley patterned cloth with vertical wide stripes at intervals, with a light coloured, pointed hem top cloth. On a wooden plinth stands the Cross and two vases of flowers either side, and on either side of the vases are two candlesticks with candles.






Whole length: 164mm
Whole width: 119mm

Collection type



Typescript Stamped Reverse: St John The Devine/Becontree/20th/Century Press/ Press and Commercial/Photographers/9 Atherton Road, London, E1/Telephone: Maryland 1489.

Alternative reference

Entry Number 1757 (2010-02-01)

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InstitutionValence House Museum
Collection typeEphemera