An Easterton postcard

At Market Lavington Museum, we conserve the history of both Market Lavington and neighbouring Easterton, which was once part of our parish, so we are very pleased to have found this postcard. It is a view along the village street, looking towards Market Lavington. The photographer would have been standing near the junction with the road across the stream, which goes behind the church and leads up towards the present village hall and on to Kings Road.

We do not know who the photographer was, but the printed word Easterton, in the corner is not of the style used by Alf Burgess or his sons, Burgess Bros, who were the Market Lavington photographers. However, we have been able to get an approximate date by consulting a long time resident of this part of the village.

Halstead Farm, Easterton is the building on the right hand side. It has also featured in Easterton farms and Easterton Street – very ragged photo. Opposite Halstead Farm is a white house, with a thatched roof, known as The Homestead. Our helpful local resident believes that the thatch was removed in the 1930s. (The lovely half timbered framework of this old house has also now been exposed, as can be seen in the picture of Easterton Street in the 1950s.)

Part of the old barn belonging to The Homestead is visible on the left hand edge of our postcard. There is a more complete image of this barn in our blog The bridge in Easterton. Apparently a long time former resident, Tom Jefferies, was talking to a previous owner of The Homestead about the parlous state of the barn, when part of it collapsed in front of them.

We are told that the poles along the left of the street on the postcard are for electricity wires and those on the right are telephone poles. We believe the electricity pole by the barn has a street lamp attached to it, with a central bulb and circular reflector. The vehicle could be a 1920s lorry, possibly a Ford.

So, it is likely that the postcard dates from the 1920s. We will be pleased to add it to our museum collection and are very grateful for all the information received about it.


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