Jubilee mementos

These pictures are of a cup and saucer that was presented to my mum’s mum, Bessie Howsely, who was 8 years old at the time, and also to all the children at Stanton in Peak School, Derbyshire, in 1902 to commemorate the coronation of Edward VII, the present Queen Elizabeth's great grandfather.


I felt that it was interesting, as we are now celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, to see what was given in earlier times to celebrate these very special occasions.  I can’t imagine that many of the 1902 cups and saucers from Stanton in Peak have survived.  This one was inherited by my mum, Marion Lusher, in 1946.


Presented to young Bessie, it travelled around with her from Derbyshire to Cheltenham when she became a Lady’s maid.  It has survived two World Wars (the family living in Brockley, SE London, at the time) and subsequently it moved to Nottingham, then Devon and now has place of honour in the family’s china cabinet in Tremar, Cornwall..


Susie Penfold