Children’s building bricks

At Market Lavington Museum we like to record the ordinary ways in which people led their lives. Photographs help with that but we are also pleased to receive items of a general nature, which help to tell the story of life in the parish. The museum ‘rule’ is that items must have a connection with the parish, past or present.

The history of parish boundary changes has been mentioned before on these pages but let’s just summarise, again, those areas that we count.

  • First of all, any area which is in the current parish of Market Lavington. This includes Fiddington, which was once a part of West Lavington
  • Secondly, we include those areas which were once a part of the parish of Market Lavington but are now part of different parishes. This means Easterton which is now a parish in its own right, but also areas that are now part of West Lavington, including the Russell Mill area and the area known as Gore around the crossroads of the Ridgeway and the main road from West Lavington to Salisbury at Gore Cross.
  • Thirdly there is one location which has never been in Market Lavington but which provided a major service to the parish. That was Lavington Railway Station.

We are always happy to receive artefacts and photos about any of those areas.

But back to today’s item which actually came from residents on The Spring in Market Lavington. It is a general item – a toy used by youngsters in the family and it dates from the late 1930s.

Box of toy building blocks from the 1930s - at Market Lavington Museum

The bricks inside the box don’t seem to match the picture on the lid!

The bricks in the box

Now had these toy bricks been post World War II they would probably have been made in Asia. But these were actually made in Germany.

The box seems in remarkably good condition for a child’s toy. Maybe the bricks didn’t get all that much use.

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2 Responses to “Children’s building bricks”

  1. Marilyn Stevens Says:

    I Have toy building block that are made of real brick, from the 1940’s and can find no info about them there is no box with info they are in a special wood box built just for them

    • marketlavingtonmuseum Says:

      I can’t help with facts – only with guesses. We had a brickworks in our village and we know that brickworkers made toys for their children from odd bits of clay. Maybe your lovely sounding bricks have that kind of origin.



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