At a Hospital Week Carnival in the 1920s

We recently featured the McKinnon family in these pages and received more information from family members. So as a sort of ‘thank you’ we are looking at two ladies, dressed up for a hospital week event in the 1920s.

Lottie Cook (left) and Ellen Hurkitt pass by the butcher's shop in Market Lavington in a 1920s Hospital Week carnival

It is worth seeing the caption written on the back of this photo.

The caption on the photo

What makes this so lovely is that description of Grannie Harkett for one can hear the way people talked there. As an extra message adds, the lady concerned was Mrs Hurkett.

The Hurkett family came from further east in Wiltshire. Our Mrs Hurkett, Ellen, was born at Preshute near Marlborough. She married Charles Hurkett and the couple moved around Wiltshire, arriving in Market Lavington, probably around 1910. Certainly, for the 1911 census, the family lived on Spin Hill – Charles and Ellen with four out of five of their surviving children. (The 1911 census tells us that 8 children had been born to the marriage and five were still living.) Charles was a farm labourer.

It seems the Hurkett family settled in Market Lavington for in 1926 the family are listed at The Hollow. In 1939 Ellen lived on Church Street

Lottie Cook was born in Bath in about 1881. She married William Cook and in 1911 they lived in Eastcott. By 1939 William and Lottie lived in Market Lavington.

As ever, we’d love to know more about both of these families.


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