Today we have a lovely shot down Lavington Hill and on to White Street with St Mary’s Church as a backdrop.
We do not have a date for this photo but electricity wires clearly cross the scene and it was before the cottages on the right were demolished. It could be the 1940s or 50s.
Let’s start at the back with the church.
It sits on its raised area, above the level of much of the rest of the village. It is always uphill to finally reach the church, whether you approach from Church Street, Roman Way or from St Mary’s Road. A dedication to St Mary is quite common for a church on a hill.
In front of the church we see the cottages that face up Lavington Hill with their interesting fluted chimneys.
The cottages on the right have been demolished and replaced by new dwellings set back from the road.
On the left, down past the junction, we can see barns associated with Knapp Farm.
All in all, it is quite a different view from what we’d see today, although the centrepieces of church and cottages are more or less unchanged.