Steam Threshing, Market Lavington

This picture has just been acquired at Market Lavington Museum.

Steam Threshing in Market Lavington - probably before World War 1

Steam Threshing in Market Lavington – probably before World War 1

It is clearly captioned ‘STEAM THRESHING MARKET LAVINGTON’ so we assume it was taken in our parish. It is a delightful photo and seems to have an entire team of people lined up for the shot. The engine is clearly in steam but one assumes work has stopped for the photo.

Sadly, we do not recognise the location or any of the people with certainty. The men are fairly timeless in style so we can’t put an accurate date on it. The one woman in the photo is wearing a rather ‘over the top hat which has a 1911 look to it.

The hat has a 1911 look to it

The hat has a 1911 look to it

Amongst the men there could be Alfie Alexander and Henry Wells - both lived in easterton in 1911.

Amongst the men there could be Alfie Alexander and Henry Wells – both lived in Easterton in 1911.

If there’s one possible name, the gentleman on the left, holding his lapels could be Alfie Alexander. We saw him before on this blog, walking with Winston Churchill.

The tall man behind the sack could be Henry Wells who lived in Easterton

If you can help with any information on this photo, then do get in touch.

2 Responses to “Steam Threshing, Market Lavington”

  1. Stephen Cotton - Fa. Real-ity GmbH, Berlin Says:

    Hello Market Lavington Museum (and Sue).
    The steam engine in the photo above is definitely a Fowler traction engine (you can tell this from the chimney top and steam cylinder on the boiler). I suspect it was provided by local contractor, as I am not aware of the engine being owned by someone in the village. The only other known Fowler was of course the “Brickyard Fowler”, at the Market Lavington Brick, Tile & Pottery Works in Broadway.
    Regards
    Stephen Cotton

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