Posts Tagged ‘1972’

Fifty years ago

July 30, 2016

Of course, most of us weren’t alive 50 years ago but if you were there’s a fair chance you watched the telly that day for one programme, or event, had the biggest UK TV audience ever. Apparently 32.3 million of us tuned in to watch the football world cup final. Those people saw this man lift the World Cup – the Jules Rimet trophy, for England.

Bobby Moore football token dating from 1972

Bobby Moore football token dating from 1972

This is Bobby Moore who was captain of England for that world cup. But in 1966 he had the still correct short back and sides haircut. This image is a later one. But it is on one of those Esso football medallions which the football enthusiasts collected – and which made youngsters tell dad to fill up with Esso petrol. The back has a little information.


This Esso token was found under the floorboards at 21 Church Street

This medallion or ‘coin’ actually dates from 1972.

And why are we showing this on the Market Lavington Museum blog? That’s simple. It is an under the floorboards item found during recent renovations at 21 Church Street in Market Lavington.


Bert Burnett’s Golden Wedding

April 14, 2016

Bert or Herbert James Burnett to give him his full name was born in Easterton back in 1895. His father, Henry, was a market gardener at first but by 1911 he had become Easterton’s sub postmaster and the family, including young Bert, lived at the Post Office. By then, Bert was an apprentice blacksmith working just up the street in Easterton at the village forge.

When the Easterton forge closed the equipment was purchased by the Gyes in Market Lavington and they also took on Bert and his brother who was a wheelwright.

He married Elsie Lucas at Potterne Church in the spring of 1922. Although the couple lived in the Potterne area, Bert continued in his Market Lavington blacksmith’s employment.

In later life he and Elsie moved to Southbroom Road in Devizes and it was there they planned to quietly celebrate their Golden Wedding in 1972.


Bert and Elsie Burnett celebrate their Golden Wedding in 1972

It seems other members of the family didn’t go along with the quiet celebration and a family ‘do’ was organised and clearly the local paper reported the event.


Bert is certainly remembered at Market Lavington Museum and has been featured on this blog in the past. You can click here to see Bert at work as a farrier in Market Lavington.

From Racquets

December 12, 2015

Over many years the former manorial sports venue known as the racquets court has slowly been converted into very fine living accommodation. This means that scaffolding has appeared alongside the walls of the building many times and that scaffolding has proved a grand vantage point for views of the village.

This one dates from 1972.

A view from the Racquets Court in 1972

A view from the Racquets Court in 1972

In the immediate foreground we have the roof of the old barn on Parsonage Lane and then we have a view in a generally south westerly direction.

The tower of the church just makes it into the extreme left of the photo, beyond what was the garden of The Old House.

Much of the open field area is now occupied with the Grove Farm housing estate. Grove Road itself now curves around from the right to exit onto The Spring beyond the church.

Beyond the fields we can make out houses on The Spring and Park Road – once known as the Alban Estate and we can also see Lavington School.

The Alban Estate and Lavington School

The Alban Estate and Lavington School

Beyond there we look into West Lavington and the downs beyond.

The Grove in 1972

March 27, 2015


Yesterday we looked at a water colour of the grove in 1986. Today we have the opposite view in a black and white photo from 1972.

The church across the Grove in 1972

The church across the Grove in 1972

The photographer may have selected a rather grey day for this photo which shows a view across the fields of Grove Farm to the church. The Grove Farm buildings are to the right of the church and beyond them we see more of the village and the scarp slope of Salisbury Plain.

To the left of the church we can make out what is now our museum – your museum in fact for it is the Market Lavington Museum.

Museum and Old House

Museum and Old House

That’s our museum building just to the left of the pole. Further left and apparently sheltering under branches of the cedar tree we have The Old House.

The photo, of course, was taken long before houses were built on the former fields of Grove Farm. It’s a very different view today with mixed modern houses providing needed homes for many people.

Grove Farm , 1972 – Community Hall, 2014

October 4, 2014

Many older people will be horrified when it is pointed out to them that 1972 was more than forty years ago. Let’s face it, it feels like yesterday. But roughly half of our population were not alive back then. It is real history to the under 45s.

So here we have a photo from 1972.

Grove Farm in 1972

Grove Farm in 1972

What we see here is a corner of Meadow Cottage on the right. We are looking up the track by this cottage to the main road which runs across the picture just this side of the brick wall. The other side of the wall is where we see Grove Farm – buildings and farm house.

On the left of the picture, behind the metal railings was an open area which may have been used for light agriculture at the time but had seen usage as a school adjunct in times past.

Now we fast forward to October 2014 and recreate the same view.

Same view, October 2014 shows the Community Hall

Same view, October 2014 shows the Community Hall

Meadow Cottage, on the right, is still much the same. The track alongside looks tidier, but is also still much as it had been.

The area to the left now has a couple of houses and a neat wall around the garden. The wall on the other side of the road maybe looks less well kept than it did 42 years earlier.

Grove Farm has entirely gone. The farmhouse, barns and buildings have all been swept away. Where once a Dutch barn and sheds stood we now have our Community Hall. We’ll be using it tonight for our annual Museum Miscellany.

Up on the hill we can see the cottages which were built when the hall was and other houses on the Grove Farm estate.

So all change – but change can often be for the better – and the Community Hall is a fantastic asset within Market Lavington.

We look forward to seeing you tonight – 7.30 in the hall for a couple of hours of local history, local food and a bar to make sure your needs are met.

All the World’s a Stage

August 17, 2014

Today we have a photo from the same source as the one we showed yesterday – and its caption has some of the same problems.

A play within the church fete at Beech House, Market Lavington in about 1972

A play within the church fete at Beech House, Market Lavington in about 1972

OK. It was 30th June – but what year? There’s no doubt this was the garden of Beech House and on the left hand end we have Peggy Gye, the owner – yet to found our museum but as ever, closely involved in village activities.

Sad to say, we don’t recognise others in this photo so once again we are appealing for help. We think the year was 1972 (30th June was a Friday that year) which means even the youngest child in the picture is well over 40 now.

Do get in touch if you can tell us more about the people or even what the play within the fete was about.

West from the church in 1972

May 13, 2014

This is a very unassuming image yet it was taken with foresight or maybe foreknowledge of the future. It is a view from the churchyard in Market Lavington, looking in a westerly direction and taken in 1972.


Wast from Market Lavington Church in 1972


In the immediate foreground we have the fence, hedge and gateway between the churchyard and Grove Farm.

This fence, hedge and opening now link church and green

This fence, hedge and opening now link church and green

This is still recognisably the same as now although the rather tumbledown kissing gate has gone. The area just outside that gate is now the Community Green.

In the fields we can see what must have once been a building on Grove Farm.


A former Grove Farm building


Goal posts on the football field

Goal posts on the football field

Beyond that there is a football field – all these areas are now the Grove Farm housing estate.

Further away we return to the older areas – Park Road. When built that had the rather prosaic name of Estate Road.


Beyond Park Road we can see Lavington School, little more than ten years old when the photo was taken and without many of its present day buildings.

Much has changed in the past forty or so years.


Visiting Lyneham

April 21, 2014

Let’s start today with a brief note from Joyce Radley to Peggy Gye.

Note from Joyce Radley to Peggy Gye about an over 60s visit to Lyneham

Note from Joyce Radley to Peggy Gye about an over 60s visit to Lyneham

It’s about a visit that the over 60s made to Lyneham in 1972 but goes on, ‘I know it is present day – but it may prove interesting in later years.

Well, 42 years have elapsed since the photo was taken so maybe it is time to see if it is of interest yet.


Lavington Over 60s group with an RAF comet as the backdrop


Let’s start with the aircraft behind our Lavington ‘over 60s’. It looks to be a De Havilland Comet. Lyneham certainly had comets. One of them lasted as ‘gate guard’ until the airfield’s closure.

Now the people. We need help naming them so let’s do some zooms.





So now it is over to you.

Over the fields in 1972

March 2, 2014

Today we look at a scene which as changed out of recognition in the 42 years since this photo was taken.

View near Grove Farm, Market Lavington in 1972

View near Grove Farm, Market Lavington in 1972

The caption we have on this photo is ‘Grove Farm – 1972’. We are looking away from the Grove Farm area and over more northern parts of the village of Market Lavington.

Let’s start up on the skyline.


Here we are looking at the houses on Northbrook Close with St Barnabas School on the right.

Below, in the valley we have this collection of buildings.


The new bungalows are on Bouverie Drive. The thatched property near the top right is ‘The Rest’ on Northbrook. Between Bouverie Drive and ‘The Rest’ we can see the steeply pitching roof of Tommy Burden’s Cottage – the little Tudor cottage that is no longer with us.


A car can be seen in this part of the photo. That is parked more or less where the roundabout is now – the one where Grove Road and Canada Rise meet at the bottom of Spin Hill.


It is this area which has changed most for this area is now occupied by Roman Way and Saxon Close.

Bouverie Lodge – then and now

February 14, 2014


Two years ago the gate house to Market Lavington Manor, known as Bouverie Lodge, suffered a severe fire. The fire started as a freak fault in the owner’s car. Fortunately, there was no loss of life but the pretty little gatehouse was severely damaged. The much more modern ‘pod’ was almost untouched by the flames. The owners were able to find accommodation elsewhere and had the long wait for insurance claims and builders. I’m sorry to say things weren’t made any easier by thieves and vandals who did what these people do – stole things and damaged things for no purpose.

But eventually, the phoenix has risen from the ashes. Let’s take a look at what the original gate house looked like. This photo was taken in 1972.

Bouverie Lodge, Market Lavington in 1972

Bouverie Lodge, Market Lavington in 1972

This pre-dates ‘The Pod’ which was built on the far side of this charming little structure. The drive to the manor passes between the gate posts and on the left is the main road from Devizes entering the village.

Under wraps after the disastrous fire

Under wraps after the disastrous fire pf February 2012

Over the past couple of years, this is a site we got used to. Bouverie Lodge is under wraps whilst ‘The Pod’, linked to the older house by a ‘corridor’ is out in the open.

But now the home is rebuilt and made a better family home at the same time.

The phoenix has risen from the ashes - a photo in February 2014

The phoenix has risen from the ashes – a photo in February 2014

From this view – what you see from the road – the building looks much the same as ever. The window in the roof is bigger than the old one which probably makes the upstairs room seem brighter and more spacious.

The link between house and pod is much more generous than it used to be but by and large we have the same shape we always had. It is a job well done and we, at the museum, welcome the return of this 19th century little house.