Ernest and Arthur Oram

This isn’t the first time, and it probably won’t be the last time that Market Lavington’s Jubilee Cottage occupies a slot on the Market Lavington Museum blog. The cottage was built at the time of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887 by Robert Oram. Descendants of Robert are still active in the village and even more dispersed members of the family are great supporters of the museum.

Here we have Ernest and Arthur Oram standing outside the cottage.

Jubilee Cottage on Northbrook, Market Lavington with Ernest and Arthur oram standing outside

Jubilee Cottage on Northbrook, Market Lavington with Ernest and Arthur oram standing outside

Ernest and Arthur Oram of Northbrook, Market Lavington

Ernest and Arthur Oram of Northbrook, Market Lavington

There we see the two men, leaning on the fence, and both wearing leather gaiters to protect lower trousers from mud.

Ernest was born about 1902 and Arthur in 1904. They were the children of Henry Robert and Matilda Oram which would make them the grandsons of the Robert Oram who built the cottage. As far as we know, Robert still occupied Jubilee Cottage in 1911 but Henry Robert, Matilda and seven children lived elsewhere on Northbrook.

Perhaps by the time this photo was taken the next generation had moved into Jubilee Cottage. We think this must date from the 1920s.

Both men lived their lives in or around Market Lavington and Devizes.

Looking at the house, we can see the strange carved head above the door.

Carved head above the door of Jubille Cottage, Market Lavington

Carved head above the door of Jubille Cottage, Market Lavington

That no longer exists and neither do the flower pots built onto the gate posts.

Flowerpot on the gatepost of Jubilee Cottage, Market Lavington.

Flowerpot on the gatepost of Jubilee Cottage, Market Lavington.

The windows have been altered too, but the cottage still looks much the same as it did then.

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4 Responses to “Ernest and Arthur Oram”

  1. Ms C Chaffey Says:

    We have houses in Gloucester Street and Trinity Terrace with heads over the doors. Seems to have been the fashion at one time.

  2. steve ayliffe Says:

    This is a photo of my grandad Arthur and (Great) uncle Ern outisde the house later occupied by Mr Ivor Maslen and family.

    Arthur eventually built and lived in ‘The Retreat’ on the top of the hill on the other side of the road as a smallholding and kept hens and pigs and cropped the adjoining land.

    Ernest, builder by trade, built and carried out the same sort of thing at ‘Cherry Ledge’ on Kings Road. This is where I first got involved with horticulture and market gardening in my spare time growing vegetables and flowers here and at my then home in Spin Hill and later also on a plot of land rented at The Clays. The heavier type soil at The Clays was perfect for growing Cabbages and the like. I fondly remember donating Cauliflowers for the harvest festival at The Kings Arms in the late eighties that were auctioned for £2 each, a lot for a Cauliflower in those days.

    The original ‘Cherry Ledge’ bungalow was demolished early nineties and replaced with a detached house.

    I now work as a Contracts Manager for a national grounds maintenance company but actively keep up with the blog.

    Steve Ayliffe.

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