Court dressmaker – by JP

Do you know the story how the Cavendish Bentinck ladies decided that all these girls in Ham had to go into service cos there was nothing else for them to do so they started a dressmaking establishment, it must have been quite close to Ham, I believe in Richmond.  Well my aunt went to be apprenticed and as a young woman she was making evening dresses for Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon and after was engaged to be married. Elizabeth wanted Ethel to make her evening dresses, so my aunt lived for the rest of her life that she was a court dressmaker you see married to a master builder.