Pencil and Paint

Our blog title today is about one section of the Museum Miscellany this year. The event takes places on Saturday 3rd October in Market Lavington’s wonderful Community Hall. Tickets, for the event, on sale at Market Lavington Post Office have been held at just a fiver for the sixth consecutive year.

The pencil and paint section features work by artists in Market Lavington and Easterton over a span of close on 200 years. The earliest images – elegant pencil sketches – date from the 1830s and are by Philip Wynell Mayow whose brother was Vicar of Market Lavington at the time.

Here’s an example of his work.

1837 sketch showing the High Street in Market Lavington

1837 sketch showing the High Street in Market Lavington

This shows the High Street in Market Lavington and we are looking towards the Co-op.

Greystone House is on the right as we look down towards the Co-op

Greystone House is on the right as we look down towards the Co-op

The sketch is located and dated.

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It says Market Lavington 1 June 1837.

Looking at the whole sketch it is the buildings on extreme left and right that are most interesting. On the left is a house where the Workmans’ Hall now stands. That house was almost certainly the home of William Cambridge, the inventor of the Cambridge Roller still used by farmers.

On the right and set back from the road there is a rather pleasing looking house. Like William Cambridge’s home that has gone. It is where the nursing home stands now and predates the building of the oldest part of that home.

Our Reverend Mayow must have lived at the original Parsonage on Parsonage Lane at this time for at the heart of the nursing home there is the Vicarage which replaced the Parsonage Lane one.

You can see more of these images, and others showing people as well as places at the Miscellany. The Mayow sketches offer us a good view of village scenes long before the age of photography. They recreate some areas that changed long ago.

Absolute magic.

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