Presentation clock Coronation 1937

Contributed by Jennifer Craven-Griffiths

Presentation clock Coronation 1937

This is a typical clock from this time with its curved wooden shape; it was bought by the neighbours of a cul-de-sac in Battersea, London, demolished in the 1960s, on the occasion of the Coronation of King George V1. It was given to my Grandmother, Naomi Susannah James, for organising the decoration and celebrations on Coronation day. She was a remarkable person, who always knew what needed doing and how to do it. The street had flowers hanging down the walls and a great archway at its entrance. Everything was made by the people who lived there, despite their poverty they found materials and skills. There was a stage at the end of the street, a children's party an an adult's one. It was a moment when all the bitterness of the abdication of King Edward the year before was forgotten and forgiven, a happy moment when the hard times were set aside and they celebrated their ability to survive and have good times.

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