Archive for January, 2010

Phillips Stick-a-Soles and Heels Man

January 20, 2010

Phillips Stick-a-sole man at Market Lavington Museum


The Advertising bust, which we call The Stick-a-Sole Man, used to stand in the window Of Ken Mundy’s High Street shop. Ken was a village character who ran his shoe repair and sales business between the Co-op and the newsagents until he retired in about 1980. He is remembered by older inhabitants of the village for his very late adoption of mains water. Even after World War Two, Ken could be seen walking down to Broadwell with his yoke and two buckets to collect his water. Apparently his pigs fared better for mains water was laid on to them, kept in an area off The Clays.

When Ken closed his doors, a local resident bought the Stick-a-Sole Man. Our purchaser had a grandfather who had been a cobbler and people used to ask him if he had been the model for this particular advert (no, he wasn’t). These models were widespread and could be found in cobblers shops up and down the country. Ours, from Market Lavington, spent close on thirty years in Crawley, Sussex before being offered back to the museum at the start of 2009

He’s quite a detailed model, some 22 centimetres tall, standing there, holding a shoe which is fitted with a real, if small, Phillips stick-a-sole.

The Phillips firm was set up by Walter Phillips from Cardiff. It is thought that his stick on soles – to double the life of your shoes, were in use by the 1930s and the advert man, made of a rubberoid material (similar to the soles, perhaps) probably dates from that era as well.

New Display Cabinet

January 19, 2010

We are delighted to have a new display cabinet at Market Lavington Museum. What a great way to celebrate our Silver Jubilee year.

The new cabinet will allow a few more of our seven thousand hidden treasures to go on display. For the jubilee year we will have a shelf devoted to feminine items including fans and another with items of a more masculine nature. A third shelf will feature items that belonged to the Baker family. John Baker was a tin smith in the nineteenth century and a descendant of his recently left a legacy to the museum. Another shelf contains items connected with various businesses along The High Street (and its continuation of Church Street). There are artefacts from, amongst others, the butcher, the cobbler, the ironmonger and even the insurance agent.

New Display Cabinet

The photo shows our curator at work organising items in the cabinet which can be found in our upstairs room  at the museum which is behind the church. 

Silver Jubilee Year

January 18, 2010

Market Lavington Museum opened its doors in 1985 which makes this year our Silver Jubilee Year. Visit the museum at weekends and Wednesdays and Bank Holidays between April and October between the hours of 2 and 4 pm or contact the curator at to arrange a visit.