An evening out
This man's evening shirt, with its wide, stiffened front, was worn for formal evening occasions. It was made in 1924 by Holdron, a draper based at 110-126 Balham High Road. The owner wore it with a dress coat and waistcoat which were both made in Uxbridge.
Balham began to develop as a residential area in the 1850s. The opening of the railway station in Chestnut Grove in 1856 speeded up its growth as a London suburb. The railway enabled people to live in Balham and commute into work in central London. Increasing numbers of people moved away from the overcrowded areas of central London and into the more spacious houses and healthier environment of Balham.
In the 1860s Daniel Dendy built more than 80 properties in the area. He named Dendy Street after himself and Kate Street after his daughter. Many parts of Balham have hardly changed since that time.
Museum number 64.149/2