Advent Day 20 – Wells music shop bag Late 20th Century

In the run up to Christmas we’ll show some of the objects added to the Museum’s collection in the last 12 months. These objects will be on display at the Museum until we close for Christmas on 16th December.

IMG_1073 (2) Located at 30 The Arcade, South Street, Romford, Wells Music Stores Ltd is another long lost Romford establishment. It was a popular music shop, but the business closed in 1996. The shop was often described on adverts as being alongside the police station, prior to the latter being relocated to Main Road in 1965. This bag is undated but presumably dates from after this time, perhaps from the 1970s or 1980s.

Donated by Julian Rawes
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Advent Day 19 – Dictaphone 1924

IMG_1174 (2)In the run up to Christmas we’ll show some of the objects added to the Museum’s collection in the last 12 months. These objects will be on display at the Museum until we close for Christmas on 16th December.

Alexander Graham Bell, of telephone fame, took a Thomas Edison device called a phonograph and improved upon it. He helped create the first wax cylinder recording machine and founded the Dictaphone Company to manufacture sound and recording equipment. Dictaphone later became the generic name for such machines. This example, missing its wax cylinder, was used by Goodchild, Chartered Surveyor, at 123 South Street, Romford during the mid 20th century.

Donated by Newham Heritage and Archives
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Advent Day 18 – Romford BC licence Mid-20th Century

In the run up to Christmas we’ll show some of the objects added to the Museum’s collection in the last 12 months. These objects will be on display at the Museum until we close for Christmas on 16th December.

20 Objects 18 2017 Taxi License (2)  This licence was issued between 1937 and 1965 by Romford Borough Council. What it licensed is unknown, but most likely it was for a market stall or possibly taxi. It may have been worn by the holder themselves or alternatively displayed upon or wherever was subject to the licence.

Donated by Tom Renvoize

 

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Advent Day 17 – Elm Park Hotel token 1951-52

In the run up to Christmas we’ll show some of the objects added to the Museum’s collection in the last 12 months. These objects will be on display at the Museum until we close for Christmas on 16th December.

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The Elm Park Hotel was the first public house to be built in the area after the construction of the Elm Park estate in the early 20th century. The pub opened in 1938 and was closed in 2013. It is now a Sainsbury’s. This token was issued for a New Years’ party in 1951/52 – probably a paid event as this token would have readmitted the holder to the party.

Donated by Tom Renvoize

 

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Advent Day 16 – Hornchurch Brewery cognac bottle, c. 1885

In the run up to Christmas we’ll show some of the objects added to the Museum’s collection in the last 12 months. These objects will be on display at the Museum until we close for Christmas on 16th December.

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The Hornchurch Brewery was founded in 1789 by John Woodfine, out of whose family it passed in 1874. It ceased production altogether in 1929 after several other changes of ownership. The buildings, located on both sides of Hornchurch High Street, were demolished in 1930-31 and its 40 pubs sold off.  As the company only brewed beer, it is probable that they brought the cognac in and branded the bottles themselves.  It is believed this one dates from 1885.

 

Donated by Tom Renvoize
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Advent Day 15 – Jubilee Pearly mug, 1977

In the run up to Christmas we’ll show some of the objects added to the Museum’s collection in the last 12 months. These objects will be on display at the Museum until we close for Christmas on 16th December.

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 This mug commemorates the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, depicting Pearly Kings and Queens and their children. Amongst their number would have been Peter and Margaret Caulfield who represented Romford. Peter’s brother Kenny was Pearly King of Harold Hill and their father was Pearly King of Somers Town, north-west London. Peter and Kenny, however, were born in Romford and assumed their titles when Havering became a London Borough in 1965.

 

Donated by S. Hamilton
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Advent Day 14 – Romford Pearly Prince suit, 1960-1990

In the run up to Christmas we’ll show some of the objects added to the Museum’s collection in the last 12 months. These objects will be on display at the Museum until we close for Christmas on 16th December.

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This Pearly Prince suit was worn by the son of Peter and Margaret Caulfield, Pearly King and Queen of Romford. It has been altered many times to accommodate a growing boy and was almost certainly made by Margaret herself using the same fabrics and in some cases the same antique buttons as her and husbands’ own suits were decorated.

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Donated by S. Hamilton

 

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