Mr Cooper washing

Some of the scenes we discover on photos, within living memory for the oldest folks, seem almost unbelievable now.

Mains water came to Market Lavington as recently as 1936. Prior to that (and afterwards) many folks walked down to Broadwell to collect water in buckets.

Residents around the Market Place had their own pump for water – one pump to serve quite a lot of houses. This picture shows Arthur Cooper using the pump.

Arthur Cooper uses the Market Place water pump in the 1930s

Arthur Cooper uses the Market Place water pump in the 1930s

James was born and raised a Market Lavington Market Place resident. He married in 1937 and in 1939 his address was number 12 Market Place.

We cannot date the picture with certainty, but presumably in the 1930s

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