Church Street in 1850

The process of taking photographic pictures was developed by William Henry Fox Talbot at Lacock in Wiltshire during the 1830s and 40s. The number and locations of early photographs are limited and so for an image of Market Lavington in the 1850s we turn to the watercolour artist Owen Carter. We do not have the original image at the museum, but rather a monochrome photo of it. (Actually Owen painted more than one scene and we have featured one before.)

This time we are looking at Church Street – a view from near the church towards the crossroads in the middle of the village of Market Lavington.

Church Street in 1850 - a photo of a water colour by Owen Carter is at Market Lavington Museum

The scene in 2011 is significantly different. The idea that chicken might exist in the roadway is now laughable. Owen has painted one wagon stopped somewhere near The Angel Inn. This, later, became the Volunteer and is now long closed. Today the street would have cars all along the left hand side.

The occupation of the people on the left looks interesting. Could cider be in production there?

Could cider be being produced here?

There is certainly a small barrel in the picture and also what appears to be a press.

Any thoughts on just what might be going on would be appreciated.

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