Wedding Headdress

Object number

LDVAL 2007.20.1


before 1933


Wedding headdress worn by Rose Westover in 1933 and by Elizabeth ?Lil? Westover in 1934.

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 Westover (1905 – 2001) kept house for her parents from the time she left school, enabling her mother to work in the family business. In 1933 she married Frank Corsi (1899 – 1989), who work in the family business until his retirement in the 1970s. They lived with Rose's parents until they died. After Broomfields was demolished, they lived at Gidea Park and Bournemouth.

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.

They were both married from Broomfields House and had their wedding photographs taken in the garden there.

Physical description

Three stranded wire headdress. The first strand is decorated with large white wax drops along the full length, to represent flower buds. The second strand is decorated along the length with elongated white wax buds in the shape of pears. at the centre of this strand are ten small peach coloured flowers. They have two layers of rounded petals, and their stamen are made from paper. The third strand is decorated with clusters of small white wax drops along the length and at the centre are three larger flowers surrounded by green wax leaves. In the middle is a large pink flower with elongated petals and paper stamen. On either side of this are two smaller peach flowers, both with two layers of pointed petals, and paper stamen. The wire support is bound with green silk thread. The three strands are joined at either end and decorated with a cluster of wax decoration, comprising each type of white wax drops and a the largest of the peach flowers. Hanging from the end of these are 5 strand of green silk, each with a white wax drop at the end.






Whole height: Arraymm
width: Arraymm
Circumference: Arraymm


Support: Metal
Decoration: Wax
Decoration: Silk

Collection type

Social history

Alternative reference

Entry Number 1686/1 (2007-05-10)

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