Saturday, April 18, 2009

Portrait of a Lady

It's been a productive yet un-photogenic day today, so I thought I'd share some finds from under the floorboards of my parents' church! Here is the lady of the title - an Edwardian, I guess. She was under the basement floorboards, which have been lifted as the basement is being made into wheelchair friendly community rooms. Don't worry, Mel - no damage to the historic fabric of the church!
She's on a calling card case - could it have been her own? Or was this just a pretty decoration?
The inside was pretty too, although the whole thing has corroded after years under the boards.Nearby was a record of pew fees, which were paid by the more wealthy members of the congregation to help with the upkeep of the building. There were plenty of free pews, too, fortunately.In my parents' scullery are four earthenware bottles or jars which also came from other areas of the church basement.The congregation and the workmen have decided that these bottles probably held printers' ink. These two jars are self-explanitory! The Dundee Marmalade remains famous, and the Craigmillar Dairy is not far from the church.Isn't it amazing what can be hiding under our feet?

5 comments:

Elizabethd said...

What a fascinating little card case.....how sad she must have been when she lost it.

Shabby Chick said...

Glad to hear they're not wrecking the church like they did here!!!

Some lovely finds there, especially the lady. I bet she was upset to lose that. It's so interesting to think of the history behind things.

Mel xxx

kelly said...

That is so exciting, what treasures! By the way, your "new" Easter traditions sound so fun.

beck said...

How amazing - like a time capsule!! I love treasures like these, where is the church? perhaps I missed that bit. Thanks for visiting my blog, I love yours, your photos are lovley. Is your doggie a cocker? We have a black one called Max. See you soon, x

juanitatortilla said...

I'm just so curious -- HOW did all these large items get rolled under?