Posts Tagged ‘1970s’

Cubs at the Museum

May 21, 2013

It was very good to welcome the cub pack to the museum on 20th May 2013. There was a lot of interest from the cubs in many aspects of life in the village past. They wanted to know about their houses and areas. Of course, they wanted to know about The Scout Hall. In particular, they loved items of old cub uniform we have. And here we have a cub of 2013 modelling cap, scarf and woggle of the late 1970s.

A cub of 2013 wears cap and scarf of a 1970s Market Lavington cub

A cub of 2013 wears cap and scarf of a 1970s Market Lavington cub

These days the cubs do not wear caps – very much a thing of the past. Thirty five years ago the Market Lavington cubs had a red scarf. Now the cubs are just the Lavington pack and they wear white.

In the cabinet next to the cub we can see items from Ken Mundy’s shoe shop, including the much viewed Phillips Stick-a-sole man. The shelf below has items relating to John Baker and his family who were tin smiths and what we might now call hardware merchants in Market Lavington.

A view from Northbrook

May 15, 2013

Now here’s a confession. Our curator actually took this photo and, being a black and white image, he processed it himself. But he never captioned it and now he has no idea just when the photo was taken or what was going on.

‘It was almost certainly the late 1970s’ is all we can get from him.

A view down Northbrook, Market Lavington in the 1970s

A view down Northbrook, Market Lavington in the 1970s

The location is clear enough. St Mary’s Church is framed within the crane’s arm and cable. To the right of the church we can see the wide open fields of Grove Farm.

To the left of, and in front of the church we can see the houses and bungalows of Bouverie Drive. Behind Bouuverie Drive there is the pale coloured terrace of Market Place and in the backdrop we have the strip lynchetts near Ramscliff.

Immediately behind the Chivers name on the crane we can see Jubilee Cottage on Northbrook and under the crane we can make out the thatched roof of ‘The Rest’.

There look to be ground works going on in the left foreground. Were footings being prepared for a new bungalow – High Ryde?

Can you help our curator and tell him just what was going on in the photo he took!


April 5, 2013

If you ask older people when something happened they are inclined to say, ‘oh, I suppose it was about five years ago’.

We have certainly been told this about a rather elegant piece of topiary that used to be in front of houses on Parsonage Lane. We have seen the topiary before (click here).

The topiary did survive into the colour photo era and can be seen on this image which dates from the early 1970s.

Topiary outside number 8 Parsonage Lane, Market Lavington in the early 1970s

Topiary outside number 8 Parsonage Lane, Market Lavington in the early 1970s

There it is, outside number 8 Parsonage Lane and still looking much as it had done in the 1930s.

Up the garden path

Up the garden path

Can anyone tell us (for sure) who cut this tree into its shape, When they first did it and just when the tree was removed? We’d love to know.

Who wears short shorts?

March 29, 2013

The answer, in this case, is a 1970s football team. They are probably late 1970s and could be early 1980s.

Here they are.

Football team, probably of the late 1970s. Presumed to be a Lavington team - can you help us to identify them?

Football team, probably of the late 1970s. Presumed to be a Lavington team – can you help us to identify them?

Sadly, we know nothing about the team. Peggy Gye, our museum founder, donated the photo but it is only captioned, ‘coloured photo of football team with cup’. Coming from Peggy, we assume it is a local team.

Here’s hoping somebody out there can tell us more about this team which seems to feature a number of players with Kevin Keegan like hair-dos.

If you can tell us more then do get in touch. If not then just enjoy (or laugh at) the way fashion was a generation ago.

A Quilt Award

December 13, 2012

Back in 1971 the Market Lavington Darby and Joan club won an award for quilt making.

The names ‘Darby and Joan’ were adopted to represent people of the older generation. The names were picked by a poet back in 1735. Henry Sampson referred to ‘Old Darby with Joan by his side’ in his poem, ‘The Joys of Love never forgot. A Song’.

After World War II, the Women’s Voluntary Service was instrumental in organising friendly meetings for older people. It chose the name ‘Darby and Joan Club’ for such gatherings. One such club was set up in Market Lavington.

By 1971, the WVS had become royal and was the WRVS. To help foster community spirit, they organised various competitions, keenly taken up by members of the local ‘Darby and Joan’. The competitions may well have been national in scope but they also had regional or county prizes. And so it was that in 1971, Market Lavington Darby and Joan won the best entry in Wiltshire in a National Handicraft Competition for a quilt. An ornate framed certificate was awarded to the club.

Certificate awarded to Market Lavington Darby and Joan Club in a handicraft competition

Certificate awarded to Market Lavington Darby and Joan Club in a handicraft competition

And here’s a close up of the specific wording.

The wording on the award

The wording on the award

Unfortunately, our records do not tell us who actually made the quilt. Maybe there is somebody in blogland who can tell us.

Incidentally, the club still exists but is now known as The Monday Club.

Prospecting for Oil in the Lavingtons

November 25, 2012

Back in 1979, people came prospecting for oil in Market Lavington and along the vale generally. The process was simple enough, although no doubt much analysis had to be done of the data gathered.

Some huge tractor like vehicles arrived in the area. They stopped and no doubt accurate measurements were made as to their precise position (how much easier these days, with GPS).

The tractor then dropped a fairly massive weight on the ground. This set up vibrations and it was from the analysis of these that the experts reckoned they could locate if oil was there.

Presumably, the chances of oil were not deemed good for no exploratory drilling took place in this area.

These tractors visited Market Lavington in 1979. They were checking to see if there just could be oil underneath the ground here.

The pictures – not outstanding in quality, show the tractors parked overnight.

Another view shows the three oil prospecting tractors

Drove Lane, Then and Now

September 19, 2012

What a change in less than forty years! The section of 1973 Drove Lane we show was a rather austere looking piece of road. This was an area that had been widened and provided with a pavement when the new St Barnabas School opened in 1971. Drove Lane still had that harsh, new look when the photo was taken.

Drove Lane, Market Lavington on 25th February 1973

On the left we can see the steps that lead up to the footpath across to Northbrook. The building is the cemetery chapel of ease. The cemetery is in Market Lavington but is run by the Easterton Parish Council. When the old chapel was no longer needed and was beginning to be in an unsafe state, it was demolished. So that is no longer a part of the scene.

Looking up the hill we see new looking streetlamps and a small forest of electricity poles based around the electricity substation which had been constructed alongside the road. At the top end of the photo we have the new St Barnabas School, providing primary education for all of the children of Market Lavington and Easterton. It replaced Victorian buildings in both parishes. It is interesting to see that the new school was not big enough. A mobile classroom stands in front of the main building.

And now the same scene in 2012.

Drove Lane, Market Lavington on 24th July 2012

The steps on the footpath to Northbrook help locate the scene.  And oif course, Drove Lane follows the same course. But the harsh new scene of 1973 has become a scene of lush and verdant vegetation. The cemetery chapel may have gone, but even if it was still there it would hardly show behind the copper beech tree.  The street lamps have been changed and the substation has been masked by trees and shrubs planted for just that purpose. St Barnabas School is not visible because of the new growth. Another change in the area does not show at all. Back in 1973 mums walked to school with their young children. In 2012, working parents drive their children to school. A car park/drop off point/turning area was required to cope with this and one was created. It, too, can’t be seen at all.

Thanks go to Jim for finding the picture he took in 1973 and matching it up in 2012.

Turning the Corner

September 7, 2012

The corner referred to in the title of this entry is Lamb Corner – the crossroads in the centre of Market Lavington. It is a large lorry which is doing the turning. The picture dates from about 1970.

A lorry negotiates the crossroads in Market Lavington in about 1970

It looks like a nightmare scenario. The lorry is obviously using the entire road and also the pavement. In times past that front wheel would have been inside the house which stood on the corner of Church Street and Parsonage Lane.

Behind the front of the lorry we have the Post Office looking much as it does today. Further along is the newsagent and the signs we see hanging from a white building are for Lloyds bank. Next to it, the building with the square top was Ken Mundy’s shoe shop.

Another building can be seen beyond the Market Place. This would have had Midland Bank at the time.

The strange blob at the top of a photo was a streetlamp, suspended from a wire stretched across the crossroads.

On the right, the woman studying a shop seems to be completely ignoring the lorry which suggests it was a regular event.  The shop, now the hairdresser, may have been occupied by Mrs Saunders at that time.

As often seems to be the case we have limited information about comparatively recent history. Can anybody tell us any more about the shops in this photo?

Easterton from the Air – 1970s

September 4, 2012

Easterton has changed quite a lot in 50 or so years. We’ll see a few of the changes in this aerial photo taken in 1970.

Easterton from the air in the 1970s

We could start at the top left with some of the houses on Hayward’s Place. Residents there may not know that their road is named after Ben Hayward who occupied the house ‘Kestrels’ for much of the nineteenth century.

A path, from just below those houses leads diagonally across the picture and passes in front of Woodbine Cottage. This white building under a red roof was the home of Samuel Moore. He started producing jam on a cottage scale from this house which is situated on what now gets called ‘Sam Moore’s Lane’ or ‘The Drove’. Of course, his business expanded and when this photo was taken almost all of the land to the right of Woodbine Cottage is occupied by the jam factory. Much of the area has stacked up barrels of fruit. Once upon a time it had been grown locally but, by the 1970s, it was mostly imported fruit that was used.

You can see much more about the jam factory at The Museum Miscellany on 15th September this year.

At the bottom right of the picture a bungalow stands where once there was the entrance to Easterton School. Easterton School closed its doors in 1971 when the new St Barnabas School opened serving Market Lavington and Easterton.

We can now work back to the left along High Street. The house and buildings of Halstead Farm stand out clearly. The house is still there but more housing occupies much of the site around it now. Towards the left there is the former Methodist Chapel. That is now a dwelling house. The church members became a part of Trinity Church, which now meets in the Community Hall in Market Lavington.

We can just see the tops of houses on this side of High Street. That area is pretty well unchanged today.

The Local Reservoir

August 4, 2012

Mains water came to Market Lavington in 1936 (against the wish of most locals, who felt that the supplies at Broadwell and Northbrook, along with many private wells, were perfectly adequate). Perhaps an older resident could tell us where this piped supply of water came from.

In the 1970s, a new reservoir was provided at the top of Market Lavington’s White Street. It was constructed roughly where Lime Kiln Farm once stood. Our picture shows the reservoir in course of construction.

The Lavington Reservoir under construction in about 1970.

A huge amount of chalk had been moved to create the subterranean tank where our vital liquid could be stored. The water is pumped from near Clays Farm in Easterton.

Although a huge scar was made, the area was re-landscaped. All that is really seen at the reservoir now is the small building associated with it.

The Lavington Reservoir viewed from across the village at Northbrook in July 2012

And for forty years, the villages have had a reliable supply of water.