Devizes Registration District

This poster, dating from 1953, tells people where they can go to register births and deaths. Back in 1953 most people did not have cars and getting to a registrar could be a problem. So, the registrar, to a limited extent, came to the people instead.

Poster telling people where and when they could register births and deaths.

Poster telling people where and when they could register births and deaths.

The registrar certainly didn’t go everywhere, but Mrs Turner, the Devizes registrar did come to Market Lavington twice a month. She came on the first and third Wednesday of each month and set up shop at the home of Mrs A Merritt on White Street between 10.45 and 11.45 in the morning.

The information for Market Lavington

The information for Market Lavington

Presumably, if you lived in Market Lavington you knew where Mrs A Merritt lived but it is possible that people came in from other local villages and they might not have had a clue.

These days, registration of births and deaths is in Devizes.

It’s all a reminder that living memory actually takes us back to a very different age.

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