Winifred Violet Phillips (1899-1994
Winifred Violet Phillips was the third and youngest child of
Harriet Rigg (1863-1941)
Jack Phillips (1866-1956). She had an interesting and sheltered life as her parents were
comfortably well off. She was an accomplished Christian author and published many
tracts and books throughout her life including:
- Down at the Vicarage
- Heart to Heart
- Wanstead through the Ages
- Ford End
- We weave as we go
- We prayed for Peace (under the name Winifred V Phillips)
In 1947 she married Rex Eastment(1892-1971+) who had in middle years taken holy orders in
the Church of England - see photo. They lived in provided accommodation in
various parishes in Essex and these provided the settings for some funny books about
her experiences as a vicar's wife in a rural community. In later life she and her
husband Rex returned to the family home which was split to provide a ground floor
"flat" and painting studio for May, and an upstairs "flat" for Win and Rex.
The family home, which I often visited was at 1 Spratt Hall Road, Wanstead
and I vaguely remember her father when visiting as a child. The house was fascinating
for a young child being full of curious objects collected from around the world.
Later it had a strange atmosphere with May's paintings hung in the ground floor
- some of which were quite good, and a more peaceful and relaxed atmosphere in the
upstairs flat of Rex and Win where on at least one occasion May went into a trance and
told us some surprising things while guided by her spirit mentor. Rex who was by now
a retired Anglican priest was quite tolerant of this spiritual experience. They all
believed in a silken chord connecting the body and soul which allowed out-of-body
experiences, and which of course severed at death.
Winifred Violet Phillips was a cousin of my grandfather.