I was looking at the ever growing Eversholt2 website the other day and came across the photograph contributed by Martin Woolhead and you asked if anyone could throw any light on it. I believe it to be early 1900’s, perhaps sometime between 1900 and 1910 judging by the maids’ uniforms. I did some research and they appear to be from this period. I also wonder whether the maid on the left could be Mary Taylor who was Edward Aveling Green’s model for the paintings in the church. She looks to be the right age and according to the 1911 census she was 24 and living at Berrystead as a maid. Wouldn’t it be great if that was indeed her. She looks to be a pretty girl and certainly potential to be the model for the paintings. She was certainly in service from the age of 14 years old (in the 1901 census she is 14, living in Church End with her mother and is a domestic servant). I have compared her face to those of the paintings but it really is hard to say whether it is definitely her but I do think it is possible.
Well, is Venetia right? Here are some images from the church chancel arch, and the maid on the left above. Make up your own mind.
From The Daily News, 5 June 1876:
Deaths.Green.May 31, at Berrystead, Eversholt, Bedfordshire, Frances Mary, wife of J. Green, and daughter of the late E. Tanqueray, rector of Tingrith, Beds, aged 72.
Edward Aveling Green, who created much of the art in the church, lived at Berrystead. This picture of him in his workshop came from Anna Blomfield.