Yesterday I went to see the clothes of Mrs Edith Pretty a wealthy 1930s socialite and landowner from Sutton Hoo, Suffolk, England.

After she was widowed in the late 1930s Edith Pretty turned to spiritualism.  She had visions or dreams of buried treasure and warriors on grassy mounds in her fields that were so compelling she employed a private archaeologist, Basil Brown, to investigate.  In 1938 he started excavating and uncovered the most important Anglo-Saxon treasure ever discovered in Britain.  As soon as the extent of the riches buried under her fields became apparent the state took over.  The treasure is thought to have been buried with the Anglo-Saxon King, Raedwald, in 624 AD to accompany him to the afterlife.

Edith Pretty donated all the treasure to the nation. It is displayed in the  British Museum in London and the land and house came into the ownership of the National Trust.

Her Edwardian mansion house is furnished with 1930s furniture and her vintage clothes are displayed throughout the rooms.

Mrs Edith Pretty


The 1930s serving maid’s outfit.  A black dress, so as not to show the dirt, with a white apron, lace edged collar, cuffs and cap.  The white garments were laundered more frequently. IMG_3592.JPG

1930s black crepe dress with decorative panel, a hat and a pair of high  heeled black shoes.


1930s crepe day dress – possibly early 1940s.


Mrs Edith Pretty’s 1930s wedding dress veil and horseshoe.