Posts Tagged ‘1992’

A Former Manorial Corner

March 11, 2014

Before the building of Roman Way and Saxon Close, some buildings in the village were more visible than they are today and that included an area where some of the larger structures stood – once places where the Lord of the Manor, Edward Pleydell Bouverie had influence. Our photo dates from 1992

The Barn House was built in the grounds of Market Lavington's Old House

The Barn House was built in the grounds of Market Lavington’s Old House

Here we are looking up from the valley of the Northbrook Stream with Ladywood behind us. The buildings we see have addresses on Parsonage Lane.

We can see the roof of The Old House in this 1992 photo

We can see the roof of The Old House in this 1992 photo

At the extreme right we can see the roof of The Old House where once the grand old lady, Miss Anne Pleydell Bouverie, held sway. The nearest building to us was known as ‘The Barn House’ in 1992. It had been built (a kit form, Swedish style house) in the grounds of The Old House.

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This view of The Barn House is now closed off by the Grove Farm Estate

Behind the Barn House, to the left, we see the end of what was then called The Fives Court but has now returned to its proper name of The Racquets Court. This was once the sporting playground of the Pleydell Bouverie family and their guests.

And to the right of the Barn House we see the barn – a venerable old barn which has seen so many uses over the centuries to include concerts, dances, religious services and, no doubt, storage of farm produce.

Fumigation

March 4, 2014

Today’s bit of local history is also museum history. Back in 1992 the county conservation service was able to fumigate many of our artefacts that might have been at risk from ‘critters’. A team of people came and packed away the items for transportation to the headquarters of the museum service which was then in Trowbridge.

1992 at Market Lavington Museum - items prepared for fumigation

1992 at Market Lavington Museum – items prepared for fumigation

When the goods were all loaded in the van, refreshments were taken.

Refreshments all round for the workers

Refreshments all round for the workers

There’s the team, just outside the museum door, and in the middle we see our founder and long-time curator, Peggy Gye. She is handing round the biscuits.

Peggy Gye - still much missed for her wit and wisdom

Peggy Gye – still much missed for her wit and wisdom

Yes, that’s Peggy, smiling and happy at her museum. It is hard to remember that 1992 was 22 years ago. Back then, Peggy was a sprightly 70 year old.

Lavington from the air

April 11, 2013

Former professional photographer, Peter Francis used to take to the air to get photos of our home area, but today we bring one taken by an amateur photographer and one who is still very much with us – Ted Maslen.

Market Lavington from the air - a 1992 photograph

Market Lavington from the air – a 1992 photograph

We think the photo dates from 1992.

The houses in the foreground, one of which is having an extension added, are in an area once known as The Mead. The houses on the left in the next row back are on The Muddle (also known as New Street). That leads down to Church Street where, on the extreme left we can just see half of what was then The Vicarage and is now The Rectory.

Just along Church Street, the red houses with a couple of dormer windows in the roof was once a part of the Hopkins empire. It was here that acetylene was made and sold. Hopkins called these premises ‘The Light House’. Opposite, where Milsom Court now stands there was once Mr Milsom’s garage and petrol station. More recently one building became the doctors’ surgery but that is now in a purpose built medical centre elsewhere.

On the extreme right, behind the car park with a solitary red car in it there’s an area which looks like a builder’s yard. And that’s just what it was. It was the Gye’s yard now converted into housing and gardens.

Back on Church Street we reach the former Volunteer Arms.

The former Volunteer Arms in Market Lavington

The former Volunteer Arms in Market Lavington

That’s on the right in this enlargement and behind it, heading off to the left are the houses on Parsonage Lane.

High Street, Market Lavington from the air in 1992

High Street, Market Lavington from the air in 1992

From there we look along High Street with the Post Office on the left and Gemini Hair on the corner with White Street opposite.

At the very top of the picture is the Market Place with quite different parking arrangements from those we have now and the cars just behind the bin lorry are in the car park for Wiltshire Agricultural Engineering. The Chemists shop stands there now.

Well done Ted – a brilliant photo.