Edwin Albert Potter and Mary Ann Pike

Edwin Albert Potter was born in 1875. His father, also Edwin Potter was a carrier and set up the horse bus service between Market Lavington and Devizes. They operated from Old Bell House which had, formerly, been The Bell Inn. In 1891 Young Edwin Albert was listed as helping father. By 1901 he was listed as a farmer’s son for his father found time to do some farming between bus journeys.

In 1899 young Edwin made his way to number 13 High Street to have his likeness taken by Alf Burgess, the local photographer. At much the same time his girlfriend, Mary Ann Pike went to a photographer for a studio portrait.

We can only imagine that the couple exchanged photographs so that they had a permanent image of each other.

Interestingly, Albert’s photograph shows a man in military uniform. Maybe he signed up for the war in South Africa.

Edwin Albert Potter of Market Lavington – a studio portrait by Alf Burgess taken in 1899

Mary Ann Pike is a bit elusive on the earlier censuses but she may have been born in Milton Lilbourne near Pewsey in about 1881.

A studio portrait of Mary Ann Pike – later Mrs Edwin Potter – taken in 1899

The couple married in 1903. Their first child, Helena May was born in 1904. Amy Kathleen followed in 1906 and Edwin John in 1907. The family lived on Parsonage Lane. Edwin worked as a farm labourer.

Mary Ann died in 1951 and Edwin in 1959. Both are buried in the graveyard at St Mary’s, Market Lavington.


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2 Responses to “Edwin Albert Potter and Mary Ann Pike”

  1. John Ellis potter son of Edwin John Says:

    Edwin John potters birth year is 1907 Not 1908

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