Alf and Marion Burgess

Here we see Alf Burgess and his wife Marion outside their shop which was at number 13 High Street.

Alf and Marion Burgess outside their shop at 13, High Street, Market Lavington – about 1905

Let’s look at the signage first. Above the window it says, ‘A Burgess and Sons, Photographer, Picture Frame Maker’.

The other sign reads ‘The shop for local postcards. Any view taken to order. The trade supplied.’

Alf was the village photographer until his untimely death in 1918 at the age of 58.

This time, we thought we’d take a look at Marion.

Marion was born in Lanarkshire, Scotland in about 1858.

Alf has written Marion’s birthplace on the 1911 census

Here’s the place as written by Alf on the 1911 census. It appears to give the place as Dalserf which is, indeed, a place in Lanarkshire.

However, we can’t trace Marion’s early life. We find five possible Marions born in Dalserf within a couple of years of our Marion. None of them is surnamed Gray.  This leads us to the idea that perhaps Alf was Marion’s second husband for we know that Alf married Marion Gray in the Westbury area in 1887.

So Marion would have moved to 13 High Street, Market Lavington on her marriage for Alf had set up business there in 1886.

By 1911 Marion had born Alf seven children of which five – all sons – survived.

Marion died in 1935. She was aged 78 and had moved to Littleton Panell by then. She joined Alf in Market Lavington churchyard.

We have several photos of Marion at the museum but it would be good to know more of her early life and how she managed to end up in Market Lavington after that early life near Glasgow.

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