A 1954 Directory – Part 2

The 1954 directory, recently given to us by the Williams family of Easterton contains more than just lists of names. For starters there are period adverts although only one seems to refer to a Market Lavington business.

Advert for A S Wordley and Co from a 1954 directory at Market Lavington Museum

Wordleys had premises in the Market Place. When this area was redeveloped in the 1960s, the firm moved to occupy the area where Rochelle Court now stands. The company became Wiltshire Agricultural Engineering.

But back to the directory, which was published by the Wiltshire Gazette and contains little bits of information from the period covered.

Here are some entries which refer to our area.

February 19th 1953 – Death of Mr G E Crassweller, 96, oldest inhabitant of Market Lavington.

May 14th 1953 – Rev. J. S. Arthur (Vicar of Market Lavington and Easterton) announced that he had been appointed to the living at Beaminster, Dorset.

June 2nd 1953 – Devizes and surrounding villages celebrated the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

July 21st 1953 – Presentation of set of cutlery and dinner service to Mr E. J. Stowe, headmaster of Market Lavington School for 16 years to mark his retirement.

August 5th 1953 – Ninety-five year old George Dobson, Market Lavington’s oldest inhabitant, pleaded ‘Not Guilty’ to driving his motor cycle without due care and attention and was ordered not to drive again.

November 20th 1953 – Rev. J. B. Collins inducted as Vicar of Easterton.

How lovely to have these snippet length reminders of almost 60 years ago. But this was the 89th edition of the Devizes and District Directory. Has any one got any earlier editions they could give to the museum?

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4 Responses to “A 1954 Directory – Part 2”

  1. Andy Broxton Says:

    George Dobson was my Great Grandfather, my mother Dorothy Dobson died in 1998. We have an article from the Daily Sketch showing George and his motorbike, if you would like it we could probably send a copy.
    My wife & I visited the museum some time ago and saw the memorbilia, we have tried for some time to find what year he died and his resting place but to date have not been successful.
    Andy Broxton

  2. marketlavingtonmuseum Says:

    How very interesting, Andy.

    We have the Daily Sketch item – we featured it on April 10th 2010 on this blog. We also have a picture of George planting the coronation tree as our oldest inhabitant in 1953 (the tree still thrives). I.m afraid we don’t know where George was buried – not Market Lavington churchyard, but it was in 1954, aged 96. I’ll see what we can find – there may be older residents in the village who will remember.

    Rog (Curator)

  3. Christine Edwards Says:

    I am a great granddaughter of George Dobson and have details of his motorbike accident .I guess Andrews grandad was Tom brother to my gran Diasy. I remember meeting George but have no idea where he was buried ,my uncle Phil who knew Dorothy thinks it could be Corsham .We would like to hear from Andrew and will definitely visit your museum and the tree when we are in the area .We live in Devon regards from Christine Edwards .

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