St John the Devine Becontree

Object number

LDVAL 2009.9.25


Church materila belonging to the donors Mother, Joyce Chipperfield (nee Stephens). Church of St John the Devine, consecration or dedication of a church order of service booklet. 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

Church of St John the Devine, consecration or dedication of a church order of service booklet. Red bound booklet with black type and a spine rope with tassles also in red. The cover bears the coat of arms for the diocese of Chelmsford, a croosed sword and crook on a shiled with the Bishops Mitre above. The 18 pages inside contain the information for the order of service, with the first page giving the details: The church of St John the Devine, Becontree, The order of service for the Consecration of the parish church by the RT. Rev. The Lord Bishop of Chelmsfod i the presence of the donor Mrs. J. H. Keene on Wednesday, 25th September 1935. The back cover is plain.






Whole length: 179mm
Whole width: 118mm

Collection type



Typescript Printed Obverse: Church of St John the Devine/ Becontree/ Diocese of/ Chelmsford

Alternative reference

Entry Number 1757 (2009-06-08)

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InstitutionValence House Museum
Collection typeEphemera