Women at sale walk out on LCC critic. Romford Times,
May 28, 1952.
Several Harold Hill women who walked out of a church sale at Noak Hill
on Thursday, told the Romford Times that they left because they objected
to remarks made by Dorina Lady Neave about
the mansion where she had lived which had been demolished to make way
for the London County Council estate.
The furniture at the mansion was auctioned. Her family had lived there
for 200 years.
Lady Neave was speaking at a bring and buy sale in Noak
Hill's Victory hall to raise money for repairs to St.
Thomas church. She spoke of her regret at losing her home and criticised
the L.C.C. She said she knew nothing of the Council's arrangement to acquire
the property until six months later when she heard the news in a wireless
If I had known earlier, said Lady Neave, I could have thrown a spanner
in the works and stopped the whole thing. As it was, I went to Westminster,
but it was too late.
Left without buying
Some of the women walked out there and then, not waiting to see Romford's
new Mayor, Alderman G. Roberts, open the event. It was his first public
meeting function since becoming the Mayor the previous night. Some others
waited until the end of the formalities and then left. None of them brought
articles from the stalls.
Queen Mary's Gifts
Among the articles sold at the sale were several sent as gifts to Queen
Mary, including china ware and a miniature doll. All fetched good prices.
Opening the sale, the Mayor said, "The Church is the social centre
where everyone meets and knows everyone else. It is the pivot of village
life, and without it there would be no village."
The church, which was damaged by a rocket falling 200 yards away, demolishing
the former village hall, was built by Lady Neave's mother-in-law in 1841.
About £300 is needed to repair ceilings, prevent damp spreading
and install electricity in the oil-lit building.