People at Broadwell

Our last three blog entries have featured our clearer copy of a scene at Broadwell, one of the main sources of water for Market Lavington before it was connected to the mains supply. So, over a hundred years ago, it is not surprising to see people by the pump with their buckets.

Indeed, our museum founder, Peggy Gye, who lived at Beech House (just to the left of or postcard view) at two periods in her life, realised that the clang of buckets was missing during her second occupancy, as that was after houses had mains water.

Presumably, the photo was taken out of school hours as the mother has an older daughter with her, as well as a baby.

We can also see two young boys, wearing the typical high collars of Edwardian times.

Next time, we will take a closer look at the rest of the men in the picture.

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