White Street in the early 1950s

Dating a photograph

Our original caption for this photo gives a span of 1945 – 1955 for this photograph. The subject is  White Street, Market  Lavington, taken from near Broadwell and looking past the crossroads (Lamb Corner) and up Parsonage Lane.

White Street in about 1950 - a photo at Market Lavington Museum

At first site this could look like a photo from long ago,but there are clues to its age if you look carefully.

First of all, the label on the original postcard is in the style of the Burgess family which doesn’t help much with the date for the Burgess family were market Lavington’s photographers for more than 70 years,

At the left there is a telegraph pole so electricity had come to the area. Somewhat hidden along White Street is a car. It looks like an Austin Ruby 7 dating from the mid 1930s but still a common site on roads into the 1950s.

The house on the corner of Parsonage Lane, just behind that car has been demolished which also helps date things to after the 1930s.

There do not seem to be TV aerials. Many households got their first TV in 1953 to watch the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The complete absence of these TV receivers almost certainly means the photo dates from before 1953.

But the real give away is the pram outside a house.

That looks very much like the sort of pram used in the 1950s.

At the museum, we believe that a baby was born to the couple who lived in the thatched house in 1949 (and another in 1955) so we think the picture dates from 1950.

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