Esme Thompson (second from left) was born in Yorkshire in 1920. Esme was an intelligent woman, but had a basic education, leaving school at 14. She did various jobs throughout her life, often working on the land or in service, but the people she worked for could see her potential, work ethic, and spirit and she often got promoted.
During WWII Esme worked at Brough Aerodrome in Yorkshire. She worked in a reinforced room testing aircraft parts under pressure, in case anything blew up... She would not have survived if anything had exploded, but at least the factory would be ok! She rose to the ranks of supervisor and had to oversee production and testing to make sure everything was of the highest quality. The men did not take it well if their work was sent back by a woman!
Charlotte, Esme’s granddaughter says “My nana was the queen of make do and mend and I remember her telling me about putting gravy browning on her legs and drawing on the seams as she couldn’t get real stockings to wear. Esme was great fun and had the most wicked and naughty sense of humour. She would have been as proud as punch to something had been named after her – and would have told all her friends.
I remember my nana as a hard grafting, never complaining, strong, independent woman. She made my mum the person she is today; and that made me the person I am today.”
The 'Esme' Bag
The 'Esme' bag is a a lovely little clutch bag with removable strap made in soft tan leather and lined with an original silk map in a limited edition of 75. For more information click on the photos below to be taken to our online shop.