Church Street in the 1930s

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.

Church Street in the 1930s

Church Street in the 1930s

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.

School sign and petrol station

School sign and petrol station


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.

Cyclist and New Inn as well as the Light House

Cyclist and New Inn as well as the Light House

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.


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5 Responses to “Church Street in the 1930s”

  1. John Buckland Says:

    Slightly incorrect as the shop window in between the two people was Merritt’s cycle shop, later Reggie Read’s and the petrol sign was at Milsoms garage, later E J Haines at the top of the muddle.

  2. John Buckland Says:

    Correction, there is also a petrol sign at the cycle shop !

  3. Phil F . Says:

    There was 2 pumps at the cycle was inside of the double doors. This was pumped by hand ,one gallon at a time. There was a large glass tube with a piston at the bottom,this was pushed up by winding a handle which pumped out a gallon,and then wound back down which refilled it ready to pump the next gallon. Outside was an electric pump which was a bit like today’s pump but was done by Mr read from the shop. The pipes to the car was swung out over the pavement to reach the road.

  4. Jim Spencer Says:

    An amusing story about Reg Reids petrol supply:
    Many years ago my uncle was returning from Salisbury market and refilled the car at Reg’s which was Regent petrol at the time. He then drove home to Easterton. Next morning the car wouldn’t start and after a lot of checking found that the car had paraffin in the carburettor instead of petrol!
    So a phone call to Reg found that the supplier had refilled his petrol storage with paraffin by mistake.
    Reg was very apologetic but added ” You were lucky to get home, one of my customers with his moped didn’t even make it half way up Parsonage lane!!!”
    Regent stood the cost of putting the vehicles right.

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