A bayonet is a pointed spear-like blade that could be attached to a rifle to form a weapon for close combat. We have a couple of these in our collection at Market Lavington Museum.

This one was donated by our museum founder, Peggy Gye, but our records give no details of its provenance.

Its overall length is 54cm. The blade is flat on one side, but triangular in cross section.

The end of the bayonet away from the point is cylindrical with a zig zag slot for fixing it to the rifle.

We learn from Some Tom Gye memories that bayonets were issued to members of the Loyal Volunteers in Market Lavington.

Our other bayonet is a little shorter and rustier. It was dug up in the garden of Beech House on White Street.

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