Along The Clays


The Clays is a back lane or even less than that for much of its length being a footpath. It runs parallel to Market Lavington High Street from White Street and can be followed through the Fiddington Clays area and on into Easterton.

The name signifies the underlying geology. Market Lavington has very distinct areas with different bedrocks. Salisbury Plain, which rises up from The Clays is chalk land. To the North of the village we can go up various roads to the sandstone ridge and then drift back downhill onto more clay land where the brickworks once stood.

But today we are looking along The Clays towards White Street.

The Clays, Market Lavington in about 1971

The Clays, Market Lavington in about 1971


The rather austere wall on the right is at the end of Woodland Yard, accessed from the High Street next to the butcher’s shop. Beyond that we can see the strange upstairs room on the house once owned by the Pinchen family which you can read about here.

To the left we look across allotments to the rear of Beech House which is on White Street. This photo dates from about 1971, Development along The Clays has blocked off that view now. In fact, bricks might have been delivered to the site to start the new bungalow.


Building work is about to commence which will block off the view to Beech House


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2 Responses to “Along The Clays”

  1. Steve Ayliffe Says:

    The Clays very good for the production of brassica type crops, I remember some of my cauliflowers that were grown here being auctioned for £2 each at the annual ‘kings arms’ harvest festival in 1988. Good memories.

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