The early history of Market Lavington

On the Grove Farm estate in Market Lavington, we find roads named Roman Way and Saxon Close. These names remind us of early settlements, which were investigated by archaeologists prior to some of the building work. We have featured these digs in Wessex Archaeology at Work, Doing the dig and Tha Girt Harchaeology.

Being a volunteer run museum, without specialist expertise or appropriate storage conditions for ancient material, most of the finds are at Devizes Museum, although we do have some of the artefacts on display in Market Lavington Museum. However, we have these two information boards for our visitors to read and appreciate that there were folk living here in Roman and Saxon times and digging trenches here well before that, in the Bronze Age.

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