Posts Tagged ‘1950s’

Bill Elisha gets a cup

January 22, 2015

Bill Elisha was a man of many parts. We know him as chairman of the Parish Council, runner of football clubs which is why the Elisha Field is named after him, a reservist soldier, a keeper of cage birds and poultry, a bee keeper and also as a gardener.

We believe it was in that role that we see him in this photo.

Bill Elisha on the right receives a trophy

Bill Elisha on the right receives a trophy

Our museum information may not be accurate. It tells us that Bill Elisha (on the right) is receiving an unknown cup from Mr Beswick. It goes on to suggest that this is the football field hut.

The flowers on the left do suggest this was some kind of horticultural show and modern technology can help confirm this.

The Farquhar Cup of the Easterton Horticultural Society

The Farquhar Challenge Cup of the Easterton Horticultural Society

With a simple enlargement we can make out that the cup is the Farquhar Challenge Cup of the Easterton Horticultural Society.

We think this dates from the early 1950s when Mr Beswick lived at ‘Willoughby’s’ in Easterton.

Any further help with this photo would be appreciated.



January 16, 2015

What’s this? Are we seeking more rather random hits on this blog by displaying lady’s knickers? The answer to that is an emphatic ‘no’.  The knickers in question are on display on a clothes airer in our kitchen (that’s subject to change for we get different clothes out each year) and thus they have absolutely no contents.

1950s artificial silk knickers on display at Market Lavington Museum

1950s artificial silk knickers on display at Market Lavington Museum

This pair of knickers dates from around 1950 and they are made of artificial silk. This fibre name covered quite a multitude of actual substances. It could mean rayon, made from wood pulp or something wholly synthetic – even just plain nylon. We do not believe these knickers are nylon.

They certainly look to be capacious and roomy – certainly not at all figure hugging. The lady who wore this item of clothing would now be about 90 so maybe such knickers will bring back memories for older readers of this blog.

And apologies if you arrived here hoping for something a bit salacious. That just isn’t going to happen.

Scouts go camping

October 1, 2014

It’s about 1956 – certainly the mid-1950s and the scouts are preparing to head off for a camp. Their transport – a lorry, is parked up behind the scout building – the Workmans’ Hall and the scouts are, perhaps, finding a suitable spot on the lorry for the journey.

Scouts prepare to go camping in about 1956

Scouts prepare to go camping in about 1956

What a lovely cheery photo of the lads, who are all going to travel in the back of that lorry. Health and Safety? Well, we didn’t worry about it back then.

We can name a few of these lads (thanks to Phil) but we need help with more.


2 Stan Arnold
3 Roy Arnold
4 Bolwell from Easterton
6 Bob Francis
9 Cyril Cooper
10 Philip Francis
11 Bolwell (Easterton)
13 Tim Gye
14 Colin Little
20 possibly Seymour Merritt from Easterton

If you can fill in any gaps then do get in touch.

A Persil Advert

September 25, 2014

This is yet another advert from Harry Hobbs’ High Street shop. This one was designed to be used with its product – a giant sized box of Persil.

1950s Persil advert from Harry Hobbs' Market Lavington shop

1950s Persil advert from Harry Hobbs’ Market Lavington shop

Persil is a laundry detergent and when it was introduced, in 1907, it was the first such product to combine bleach with the detergent chemicals. It reached the UK in 1909. The name Persil actually is derived from the two compounds of sodium which went inter it which were sodium perborate and sodium silicate. It was, and still is, a widely used washing product but of course, the style and constituents have changed.

So has the price since Harry Hobbs’ advert was on display. This may have been in the late 1950s. The cheapest we could find a present day Persil family pack – to do 35 wash loads, was £6. That £6 would have bought 192 of Harry Hobbs’ giant size packs.

We believe it is relatively more expensive now as well. Perhaps it is as much as four times more expensive. But maybe the product from more than half a century ago had less to contend with than today’s washing product.

It’s a wonderful item – like all the ads from Harry’s shop.

Water Biscuits

September 11, 2014

What do many of us like at the end of a meal? Well, for some of us a bit of cheese goes down well – with a crispy biscuit to hold it. Harry Hobbs obviously sold water biscuits in his Market Lavington High Street shop for amongst the adverts we now have there is this one.

Advert for Carr's Table Water Biscuits from Harry Hobbs's shop - about 1953

Advert for Carr’s Table Water Biscuits from Harry Hobbs’s shop – about 1953

This is for table water biscuits by Carr’s of Carlisle and it shows a variety of cheeses and a platter of water biscuits.

The slogans say, ‘The perfect biscuit with cheese’, and ‘Set the seal on a perfect meal’.

It’s a large advert and one wonders how space was found to display it in a smallish shop.

This particular ad has an actual clue as to its date.

By appointment to the late King George VI.

By appointment to the late King George VI.

King George VI died in 1952 so this dates from after his death.

It’s another lovely advert to remind us of past times.


August 26, 2014

There was a time when Market Lavington was full of malthouses. In the 18th century there were 27 of these ‘factories’ where barley was sprouted to produce malt.

Very little remains today, to remind us of these old buildings. They have all been swept into oblivion.

One of the last Malthouse survivors was in the Market Place – and that went some 60 years ago but it can be seen in photos.

A rather careworn photo shows a malthouse in Market Lavington Market Place

A rather careworn photo shows a malthouse in Market Lavington Market Place

This photo has suffered damage, but the malthouse is clear, close by the old coach.

We do have a few relics in the museum and amongst them is this tile.

A ventilation tile from a Market Lavington malthouse

A ventilation tile from a Market Lavington malthouse

This was made locally at the Lavington brick works and measures some 25 cm square. It was part of the ventilation in a maltings kiln.

With a local brick industry we have many examples of different styles of local brick and tile in the museum, but this one, which links to another long gone industry, is rather special.

It’s a breeze

August 14, 2014

We love our old adverts from Harry Hobbs’s High Street Shop. We love them even if we are not 100% sure what the product advertised actually was. This one is for a product called Breeze.

Advert for breeze at Market Lavington Museum

Advert for Breeze at Market Lavington Museum

This card ad, for a product which keeps you beautifully country fresh, is cleverly made. It can be stored flat but with a bit of careful work the base opens out into a semicircle and the waterwheel becomes three dimensional. The advert becomes free standing then.

But what was Breeze? We believe it was a soap and the product was around in 1955. Adverts from that era seem to feature the words ‘country fresh’.

Before that it had been a Unilver washing detergent introduced in 1947.

Cleansing products with the name Breeze are still marketed by Unilver.

Say McVitie’s!

July 27, 2014

This is another of our adverts which came from Harry Hobbs shop which used to be just opposite the Green Dragon on High Street.

This one is different from all the others in being made of thin sheet metal folded around cardboard. Like other ads, it is delightful.

1950s advert from Harry Hobbs' 1950s shop

1950s advert from Harry Hobbs’ 1950s shop

We have quite a posh 1950s family – the lad even sports a bow tie. Mum has her tea and the girl of the family is persuading the family parrot to beg for a biscuit. Not any old biscuit, of course. The parrot must learn to give the name of the correct manufacturer.

Once again we have an item to bring back memories of a past era – already this ad is much loved by museum visitors.

Why not come and see this ad and others for real. Our museum is crammed with memorabilia – all about Market Lavington and Easterton, but of course, some items, like these adverts, have a much more general interest.

Another Harry Hobbs advert

July 12, 2014


We love the shop adverts that came from Harry’s High Street shop. They are popular with our visitors too. Today’s ad has been placed on our Hopkins loo cistern. It seemed an appropriate place.

1950s advert for Domestos from Harry Hobbs. shop

1950s advert for Domestos from Harry Hobbs. shop

Really, this needs a bottle of appropriate Domestos to complete the display.

We have a reminder here that we used to be greener than we might think we are today. These days we dutifully put our used glass bottles in the skip where they get smashed to smithereens. The glass is then taken to a furnace to be melted and reformed – a huge cost in energy terms.

Back then, in the 1950s, we merely borrowed the bottle and paid a deposit (in this case tuppence (2d) for its safe return. When a van arrived at a shop with fresh supplies they could gather up the returned empties and take them back to the factory. They could be cleaned (which certainly meant some energy expenditure) and then reused.  What a sensible system! It even made kids pick up discarded bottles so they could get the deposit money back – an army of litter pickers!

So actually, to purchase your bottle of Domestos you’d need to pay over 1/3d but you’d get the tuppence back when you returned the empties.

It’s another lovely reminder of past times.


The Easterton Beast

July 4, 2014

Don’t worry. There is no such thing as ‘The Easterton Beast’ and as far as we know there never has been. This one has been created by some photographic fluke. This is really a photo of Easterton Street.

Easterton Street in the 1950s

Easterton Street in the 1950s

As we often do with street scenes, we find it looks very, very peaceful. Seemingly there’s not a car nor even a person in sight. But way down in the distance there is ‘the beast’. It looks like some kind of black animal.

Is that the Easterton beast?

Is that the Easterton beast?

Hmm! There’s one of life’s unexplained mysteries.. Let’s return to reality.

The large house on the left is The Grange. And beyond that we see Jubilee Cottages where we know James Sheppard lived, running his Tip-Top Bakery.

We believe this photo dates from the 1950s.