If an excuse was needed for showing this picture it is that it has a clear ‘Volunteer Arms’ pub sign on the right. This year we will have a display about pubs in Market Lavington and Easterton – past and present.
Actually, there is a second pub in this image for The New Inn is way down the street on the left hand side. Both pubs have closed now.
There are other points of interest. Let’s zoom in.
We have the old school sign in the shape of a torch of learning. Market Lavington School (now The Old School) was on the right hand side.
The shop on the left was, at that time Mr Potter’s store. It was one of several grocery shops operating in Market Lavington.
Beyond that was Mr Merritt’s Cycle Depot – half the sign can be seen. The business clearly did well for we see two bicycles in shot but a Shell sign indicates that petrol was on offer as well.
Further down the street we see another cyclist. We can also see the sign for The New Inn which, later, became The Drummer Boy. We’d love to be able to read a sign on the right. This was where a branch of the Hopkins family had once produced acetylene gas for lighting. Maybe the sign was still offering the gas. The premises were known as ‘The Light House’.
What a lovely snapshot of life some 80 or so years ago.