This little pulley wheel looks ordinary enough but its cast iron construction and the style of rivet holding the wheel in identify it as 19th century.
This was found attached to a first floor joist at 21 Church Street in Market Lavington. Presumably, when it was installed, there was no ceiling above the ground floor. For ease of photography, we see this pulley block upside down here.
Of course, we cannot be certain as to why this was used, but this building was once the shop and headquarters for the Hopkins family business. They operated a builders’ merchant and general ironmongery business from here.
During shop opening hours some of the wares were on display outside on the pavement. Perhaps there was limited floor space inside the shop. The pulley could have been part of a system to lift such items off the ground and leave them hanging above head height.
It’s a lovely little pulley. Thanks to Bob for donating it.