George Pike was one of Market Lavington’s butchers and he placed an advert which appeared on the front page of the same paper we featured, with a Lavington and Devizes Motor Services advert, earlier this month. Click here to see that post.
The paper dates from September 1924 and here is the Pike advert.
As we see George Pike had branches in both Lavingtons but he was a Market Lavington man. At least one descendant still lives in the village.
His main business was meat, of course. Canterbury lamb refers to Canterbury in New Zealand.
Perhaps it is George’s willingness to buy eggs that makes this most interesting. This was clearly a time when egg production was on a smaller scale than it is these days. We know, for example of three different small poultry farms on the sands. Mr Phillips kept poultry at the top of Northbrook, George O’Reilly had the poultry business at Cherry Orchard and the Misses Chalmers had the Crossways Poultry Farm. There would have been others as well as many a householder keeping a few laying hens.
Mr Pike was inviting all such people to sell him their eggs and he offered top market prices.
It is always interesting to note phone numbers. This butcher had Lavington 26.