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by Barbara Ayers

    An enquiry to our former website led me to revisit a story that had been told to me when we were preparing ‘The Book of Brundall’.  The rather charming photographs were taken on Monday September 14th 1925 by William Watson Tripp, father of John Tripp, the source of my information.  William was an artist, printer, and Methodist lay preacher, who, in the 1960s lived in Stafford Road, Great Yarmouth.
    Our story is about Eva, his sister, John’s aunt.  The photographs were taken in Brundall Gardens where Eva worked as a ‘domestic’ at Redclyffe House.  The elderly lady is Mrs Wright who lived in a residential home in Yarmouth.  They had brought her to Brundall Gardens for the day as a treat.  Eva posed outside the little cottage, which was actually the pottery museum, pretending that it was her home.  At the time, of course, she would not have been able to aspire to having her own house.  ‘The Book of Brundall’ tells us that ‘The cottages, dotted about, which formerly housed marshmen, were used as summerhouses and picnic places and one was converted into a museum to display the pottery dug from the gardens’.  There is also a picture of Eva with a family friend and her sister-in-law, Dorothy Tripp,
née Sedgwick (William’s wife, John’s mother).

Eva and
                        Mrs Wright
Eva and Mrs Wright
Eva &
                        Mrs Wright by the Museum

Eva and Mrs Wright by the Museum

    Going into service wasn’t Eva’s first choice of job or even her first employment.  John told me that she had wanted to be a nurse but the doctor who inteviewed her said she had to undress and have a medical examination and she wasn’t having that!  Then she worked as a seamstress making mourning clothes in black silk but didn’t get on very well because of course black is a very difficult colour to work with.
    On August 6th 1925 Eva had married Henry Charles Dennington, the gardener’s son.  This was against Henry’s father’s wishes as he had a girl with money lined up for him!  Eva, and Henry, an aircraft engineer, moved to Wolverhampton when the aircraft manufacturer Boulton & Paul transferred there.  After the war he left the aircraft business fearing that work would cease and became a gardener at Whitwick Manor in Tettenhall Wood, Wolverhampton.  Eva and Henry were deeply religious, Eva being a lay preacher at many of the small chapels in the Black Country and Henry involved with the congregational chapel in Tettenhall Wood.  Eva and Henry had three children, Bernard, David and June.  It is June’s son, Jeremy Marple, who contacted the BLHG website and gave us some of this information about his grandmother, Eva.  

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