Posts Tagged ‘1994’

At the 1994 Victorian Evening

December 28, 2015

Back in 1994, the Village Festival was quite a grand affair with all sorts of events. One was an evening of Victorian entertainment which was held in the old Parish Room in Market Lavington. We have reached the stage now where many residents won’t recognise the term Parish Room and won’t know where it was, so I ask them to imagine a large wooden hut, parallel with the road where the entrance to the nursing home is now. Here we see some of the audience, presumably during an interval or maybe before proceedings began.

Some of the audience at the 1994 Victorian Evening

Some of the audience at the 1994 Victorian Evening

There are many stalwarts of the village there, but we’ll pick on two of them first.


Here we see Mary and Harry Greening. Harry was the founder headmaster of Lavington School. He saw it change from a secondary modern school to a comprehensive and pioneered the Dauntsey link which saw some sharing of staff between Lavington – the state school and Dauntsey’s School which was private. The link also enabled local students to take a place in the sixth form at Dauntsey’s, paid for by county. Harry really was a pioneering chap who took his leisure, after his cricketing days, tending the lovely garden at the cottage just below the church.

Mary was an arts and crafts lady. There seemed to be nothing she couldn’t turn a hand to. When the WI or other local groups needed anything in that line then Mary was there to oblige. Both she and Harry entered the produce show which was revived as a part of the village festival. Both are still much missed in the parish.

A third person we’ll look at doesn’t actually live in Market Lavington. But she was at this event and sitting just behind Mary and Harry.


This is Polly and although not a Lavingtonian, she was well known in the village. For many years she was the librarian who looked after our village library. She knew – and still does – all her regular customers from 30 or 40 years ago and we still see Polly at village events from time to time.

Apologies to other people in the photo, unnamed and unmentioned. We are fairly sure we know some of the others but if anyone can come up with names we’d be pleased to hear from them.

Village Festival – 1994

August 9, 2014

Golly! 1994 is twenty years ago. Market Lavington had a village festival with a variety of events and here’s the pig roast which was held in the Market Place as a part of it.

Pig roast in Market Lavington - September 1994

Pig roast in Market Lavington – September 1994

The buildings have not changed much since then, but had we seen a bit further along the Green Dragon we’d have seen the wonderful porch which reached right across the pavement.

Our curator often finds it easier to name people in older photos but this time he’s in luck. Just to the left of the apparent butcher looking down at the pig we can see Rog – our curator.

We think the acting butcher is Derek Birch and possibly, to the right of Derek is Frank Jones who now chairs our First World War commemoration group. The butcher on the left may be John Clarke. Other people in the photo we have yet to name.

This could bring back happy memories for many and it shows that community events can occupy the Market Place.

Building George Mews

April 4, 2014


George Mews was built in the yard between 58 to 60 High Street, Market Lavington back in 1994.

The old sheds there were demolished.

The old sheds which stood where George Mews stands now

The old sheds which stood where George Mews stands now


Work begins on the new houses

Work begins on the new houses

Building materials arrived and ground work began.



George Mews begins to take shape

The new houses appeared.

The new houses near completion

The new houses near completion

And twenty years on, George Mews is an established part of the village.

The Parish Council in 1994

January 30, 2013

Market Lavington has had a Parish Council for well over a hundred years. In fact, it celebrated its centenery in 1994, the year of this photo. Local people, through the hundred plus years have given up their time for no financial reward and help to ensure that the village is cared for and that things run smoothly. They have one person, who is a paid employee, dealing with paper work and all sorts of other matters. He or she is the clerk and one suspects that the work they do far outstrips what they are paid for.

Back in 1994, Tom Cockings retired after twenty five years as Parish Clerk. A commemorative photo was taken to mark the occasion showing Tom with the elected councillors of the day.

Market Lavington Parish Council in 1994

Market Lavington Parish Council in 1994

Back row from left to right we have Dr J Reid, Mr R Francis, Mr T Hudson, Mr C Farmer, Mr AWS Snell and Mr D Barron.

In the front row from left to right we see Mrs S Walker, Mrs J Clark, Mrs C Hunt, Tom Cockings, Mr K Bennett, Mrs J Heath and Mr M Stone.

It’s good to report that nearly twenty years on many of these people still live in the village and are still active in village life.

As for the council itself – there has been a total change of personnel, but twelve good men and women, along with a clerk, still serve the village. You could click here to see who they are and what they are responsible for.

A Much Travelled Leaf

December 6, 2012

We have featured items which belonged to the Baker family before. John Baker was a tin smith and trader, living and working in the property opposite the Co-op and next to Woodland Yard. He and his wife raised a family there in Victorian times and this  leaf shaped dish was a part of their life in those late Victorian days.

This dish has travelled by land, sea and air from Market Lavington to Canada and back.

There is little to say about the dish. It is clearly leaf shaped and decorated in the blue and white style. The picture depicts a man with his dog. How the Baker family used it, we don’t know. Neither do we know anything regarding the manufacturer or the actual age of the dish. It’s a small dish – about 15 centimetres long.

But it was clearly valued. After John Baker died in 1903, some members of the family decided to emigrate to Canada and the dish went with them – in 1907.

Canada was where the dish stayed for the next 87 years. It was given to the museum in 1994 by a family member on a return visit to the old homeland.

As an interesting thought, when the Baker family emigrated, this dish would have travelled by train and ocean liner. On its return it travelled by aircraft and road transport. So the leaf is well travelled by variety as well as by distance.

By the way, our curator hates the springs and clips that have been used to mount this dish. This method of fastening can cause chipping to the vulnerable edge of china ware.  But it has been like it since 1994 and it may have been like it before – back in Canada. Any new donations of items like this will not be treated in this way, however.