A Children’s Tableau

Ethel Gye was a great collector of costume. Her son, Tom, recalls that at Carnival time, his mum was in demand as a provider of outfits. She was also keen on setting up little dramas and tableaux, featuring village children. Today we see a tableau which appears to be on the terrace at the Manor House. We think it dates from around 1950.

Tableau on the terrace at Market Lavington Manor in about 1950

We have the names of all of the girls.

Standing (left to right); Mary Burt (became Mary Sainsbury), Valerie Preedy, Rosalie Hayball, Susan Dark, Georgina Jilkes Ruby Hiscock, Janet Saxton, Janet Burt.

Kneeling (left to right); Maureen Gibbs (became Maureen Mullen), Daphne Arnold (became Daphne Little), Georgina Gibbs (became Georgina Nutland).

Rosalia Hayball has provided us with an oral history about her time as a youngster in Mr Hayball’s shop. This can be heard if you ask at the museum.

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