Posts Tagged ‘1935’

Lord and Lady Warrington at home

July 8, 2015

We have met Lord Warrington, earlier Sir Thomas Rolls Warrington before on this blog. Today we feature a photo which includes the noble Lord and also his wife and it is her we’ll concentrate on this time.

Lord and Lady Warrington with friends at Clyffe Hall, Market Lavington

Lord and Lady Warrington with friends at Clyffe Hall, Market Lavington

Lord Warrington is in the wheel chair and we assume it is his wife holding his hand. We only have this caption.


Lady Warrington was considerably younger than her husband. She was born in 1864 whilst he was born in 1851. Her maiden name had been Emma Maude Sturges and she was the daughter of a barrister.

She was remembered, none too favourably, recently when we recorded an oral history with Bill, aged 100 and the son of the head gardener at the Warrington’s home in the 1920s. Bill felt the lord was a friendly and approachable person but that Lady Warrington was just a bit stand offish. One story Bill remembered concerned the gift, to the staff, one Christmas of petticoats and then holding a parade of the staff and making them show under garments to ensure they were wearing her gift.

In the photo she looks perfectly OK and doesn’t display any sign of being something of a tyrant. We have very little knowledge about Lady Warrington and it would be grand if anybody who could remember her could tell us more.

By the way, we have no idea who other people in the photo are. They could be Emma’s parents for they’d have been not that much older than Lord Warrington.

Interesting that the two women appear to be in uniform clothing. Their apparel looks remarkably similar.

Lord Warrington died in 1937 and is buried in Market Lavington church yard. His lady joined him in 1948 although her address at the time was given as Pangbourne.



RAOB medal

November 9, 2014

The Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes was quite a big group in Market Lavington. The Enterprise Lodge used to meet in the Kings Arms where, no doubt, the men had a good time as they decided how to spend such money as there was on worthy causes. The Buffs, as they called themselves, had been founded in 1822 so it was a fraternal society of long standing.

In 1935, Reginald Chapman acquired a Silver Jubilee medal.

Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes medallion from 1935

Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes medallion from 1935

We know nothing about this medal. It may have been something purchased as a show of royal loyalty but it is engraved on the reverse.


It belonged to Reginald Alfred Chapman of Market Lavington

There we have Brother R A Chapman of Enterprise Lodge, number 3599. Brother Reginald Alfred Chapman lived at 21 Spin Hill. We have documentary evidence for him being there between 1939 and the early 1960s.

We THINK Reginald may have been born in Cheverell in 1905 but by 1911 his widowed mother was in the London area. He may have died in 1991.

Elizabeth Saunders

November 16, 2013

Elizabeth, known as Mam, was the wife of William Saunders who we met just a few days ago on this blog. We believe this picture dates from about 1930 and like the very poor quality one we had of William, this one was found in an Erlestoke Cottage where a daughter Of William and Mam had lived.

Elizabeth Saunders of Market Lavington in about 1930

Elizabeth Saunders of Market Lavington in about 1930

When William Saunders married Elizabeth Pymont towards the end of 1905 she had been married before. Indeed she brought a child from her first marriage to the new home.

Elizabeth was born as Elizabeth Kyte in Easterton in 1868. Her parents were Robert, an agricultural labourer born in Easterton and his wife Louisa. We can find Elizabeth (as either Kyte or Kite) with her parents, in Easterton, for 1871 and 1881 censuses.

In 1891 Elizabeth was a housemaid, working for a rector in the High Wycombe area.

Elizabeth married George Pymont in the early months of 1896. The marriage took place in the Hampstead area of London. The couple’s daughter, Doris was born in the Hampstead area in 1899. George Pymont died early in 1900.

The 1901 census sees Elizabeth and her daughter living with her parents again.

Elizabeth remarried in 1905. Her second husband was William Saunders, a roadman and the couple, along with Doris, Elizabeth’s daughter, lived on Church Street in Market Lavington.

We think Elizabeth died in 1935 but the age given for that burial in Market Lavington churchyard doesn’t quite match the registered birth of Elizabeth Kyte.

Two little snippets of information about Elizabeth:

She was a cleaner for the Welch family.

When Peggy Welch (later Peggy Gye) needed a tooth out it was Mrs Saunders who did the pulling.

Bob Potter

September 25, 2013

Bob Potter was born in 1887 and he was one of the sons of Edwin who had run the horse bus between Market Lavington and Devizes. But the Potters were also farmers and our photo shows Bob about his work, tending sheep in 1935. The location is West Park Farm. We assume Bob was able to rent some space there.

Bob Potter of Market Lavington tending his sheep

Bob Potter of Market Lavington tending his sheep

In 1911 young Robert and his wife of two years (Rosine Hawkins) lived on Stobbarts Road and he was still working on his father’s farm. According to our electoral roll they still lived there in 1926. But Rosine died in 1929 and by 1939 Bob lived on Parsonage Lane.

Bob died in 1974 and is buried in Market Lavington churchyard.

A Jubilee Tin

July 20, 2013

2012 might have been deemed our Royal Year as we celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of our Queen, Elizabeth II. But royal artefacts still arrive at the museum and are still of interest and value to Market Lavington Museum.

This tin arrived from a family who lived in Easterton and was made to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of our queen’s grandfather, King George V. He came to the throne in 1910 so the tin dates from 1935

A 1935 Silver Jubilee tin - now at Market Lavington Museum

A 1935 Silver Jubilee tin – now at Market Lavington Museum

We can see that the tin is not in perfect condition. In particular, Queen Mary’s face has suffered a bit of damage. We can see, below, that one of the hinges has also suffered a bit, but it is still in working order.


The tin was well made but has no information about the original contents, but like many royal artefacts it was clearly regarded as a souvenir item and the family kept it and, no doubt used it. It would be eminently suited to biscuits.

Of course, what we like about this item is that we can attach a family to it – it has its local provenance.