Before Woodland Yard

Back in the 1960s Wordley’s, the agricultural engineers, took over the yard between the butcher’s shop and the former hardware shop. The entrance to this yard was via an archway, more or less opposite the Market Place. The combine harvesters of the day were too big for the archway and it had to go which left this view.

Before Woodland Yard, Market Lavington - probably in the 1960s

Before Woodland Yard, Market Lavington – probably in the 1960s

What we see here is a pair of Massey Harris combines (they’d have been red) lost in a scene of dereliction. Heaps of all sorts would seem to surround the harvesters. Wordley’s had a ‘work in progress’ when the photo was taken. Sadly, we don’t have a date for the picture.

The houses in the middle distance are on The Clays. The house on the left has now sprouted an extension. Those on the right are near Chapel Lane – the footpath past the fish and chip shop.

Beyond we look up Lavington Hill on Salisbury Plain. The road is visible near the top of the hill. Don’t be confused by damage to the photo which produces the effect of a sunken lane by the chimney of the houses on the right.

These days the view is entirely different. The area is Woodland Yard and a number of traders have businesses in the area.


A similar recent view of Woodland Yard


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