The travelling evangelist

Peggy Gye, our founder curator and a lifelong resident of Market Lavington always associated this picture with Market Lavington. It shows the caravan and horses of travelling evangelists.

The travelling evangelists included Market Lavington on their rounds

The travelling evangelists included Market Lavington on their rounds

We do not recognise the location and are not convinced it is Market Lavington. Surely, if it is, someone will recognise that gable end behind the leading horse.

However, we are certain that these evangelists came to Market Lavington and set up ‘shop’ here for a while. We know that local kids, given something to do, flocked to hear the message they gave out.

Let’s just take a look at the bicycle near the back of the caravan.

One man and his bike - might this help date the picture?

One man and his bike – might this help date the picture?

Our curator recalls riding a very similar bike in the 1950s – and it would have been anything but new then. It had the same rod operated brakes and the Sturmey Archer gear system with the gear change on the crossbar.

Any information would be gratefully received.

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2 Responses to “The travelling evangelist”

  1. Ron Crook Says:

    Looks like a gas lamp at the side of the front horse. If so it cannot be Market Lavington.

    • marketlavingtonmuseum Says:

      Good point, Ron. There was, of course, a gas works in Market Lavington but it produced acetylene and the lamp brackets which still exist were not like this one. I’m sure you are right.

      Rog

      Curator

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