Sunday, November 16, 2008


Saturday was my first outing with the Victorian Tea Society. When the group gets together and goes somewhere they call it a Tea Tramp. Everyone meets up at the place we are going to go wearing their costume.

That's me on the far right side.

I loved the way these two ladies dressed up. I thought they both had lovely dresses and hats.

We met up at St. Luke's Church in Long Beach. We were given a tour of the church by the gentleman in the photo. Some of the church was from the 1800's. Some had been rebuilt as it was destroyed by an earthquake years ago.

This church has beautiful stained glass windows. Some were original to the church from the 1800's.

They have a beautiful carved wood pulpit where the sermons are still given every Sunday.

Some of the women were seated in the pews. I wondered if this is what they would have looked like years ago when this church was first built.

The church is really simple but still full beauty.

From there we were taken into another room to learn about how brass rubbings were done back in the mediaeval times.

It was custom for those who died to have brass plaques engraved to memory. These were often used as tomb markers and portraits. They were often laid on the floor or walls of the church.

After learning a bit about brass rubbings we got to go do one of our own. The room was filled with tables set up with lots of different brass plaques to pick from.

This is a life size rubbing. Since no one had cameras back then people would often use a wax and paper placed over the brass plaques to make a copy. It was their way of having a portrait of those people they loved and respected.

This shows one of the brass plates on the left and one of the rubbings on the right.

Here is one of the ladies from our group doing her rubbing.

This is the one I did. This is a rubbing of Alice Hyde from 1567. She was the wife of William Hyde. They had five sons and five daughters.

Alice lived durning a very eventful period of history. The beginning of the turbulent reign of Henry VIII and the difficult years before Elizabeth I became Queen in 1528.

This brass is notable for the elegance of her dress.

After we all finished up our brass rubbings we went to yet another room where enjoyed a typical tea. With finger sandwiches, scones and yummy desserts.

I can't believe I forgot to take any photos durning our tea. The room was set up very nice with china plates, cups and saucers and lovely linens.

It was 93 out and wearing the costume, hat and wig made me fully understand why so many women back in the Victorian era fainted. We were all so hot as the rooms did not have air conditioning.

We all had a great time and I'm looking forward to our next outing.


Unknown said...

That looks like a fun group to belong to! Great pictures!

Unknown said...

I bet that was really fun inspite of the heat! I love the costumes!

Unknown said...

Ah, now I see why you invited me to check out your Sunday post! LOL! I have to say that the words "tea" and tramp" together sound like an oxymoron. Your Victorian Tea Society Tea Tramp sounds like "a good time was had by all"! LOL! ;)

Glenda said...

You looked good sister.

I love the church, very English.
The ladies would look proper sitting straight and regal. I bet you have a lot of fun doing this.

You tea tramp you.


Jean Tuthill said...

What a fun thing to do! I love your costume. Your pictures are very interesting and the church is beautiful.

Lindsay-ann said...

You look beautiful Joanne. I enjoyed seeing the church, it looks just like our churches over here.
You look to have had a great day.
Thanks for sharing it.

Lorilee said...

That looks like such fun! I wish we had a Victoria Tea society here! The church is lovely. Here in Texas, there is a group of churches known as "The painted Churches" because of the decorative painting. I think most are of German origin. I have always wanted to tour them. Maybe next summer. I love the idea of brass rubbings. I have also done tombstone rubbings.

Mo..."Mo's Cottage" said...

What a fun day you must have had...Your dresses were all looked like you could have been 100 years ago....what a great club to belong to....FUN..FUN..FUN
Mo :-)

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Joanne!
What a fabulous Victorian outing!! I love all the costumes and would love a better look at your costume! Did you post it and I missed it? It looks quite lovely!! You chose such a beautiful brass plaque for your rubbing, she looks so elegant.
Loved your post on the puppy rescues! You and your sisters are such a blessing to those darling pups!
Big hugs, Sherry

Renee said...

Oh My Goodness!!!! You guys look AWESOME!!!! I'm glad you had so much fun!!!! Where did you and Maureen get your costumes from?

Donna @ Party Wishes said...

I love this tea! Educational and favorites. Did anyone else take pics of the tea?
You look great in your dress. Where did you get it?
Thanks for sharing!

Cindy said...

That looks like so much fun! I bet it must have been really hot in those costumes!

I'm just catching up on your blog and I love your new design!