Posts Tagged ‘1997’

A Patrick Manley pencil sketch

June 28, 2016

Patrick was well known, amongst other things, for sketches he made around Market Lavington around the end of the twentieth century. This one is certainly unusual in its view.

A Patrick Manley sketch of Market Lavington

A Patrick Manley sketch of Market Lavington

This is a framed picture we were recently given. It is behind glass and so is hard to photograph. Patrick has vignetted it by letting the image fade away to the bottom and right.

This sketch dates from 1997

This sketch dates from 1997

This view dates from March/April 1997.

Patrick’s viewpoint was probably the bottom of the courtyard at the museum building. Trees and shrubs have grown up which makes it hard to find the view today.

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Similar view in June 2016

This photo shows the window on the old school building which is visible on Patrick’s drawing but the rest is local greenery.

The viewpoint for Patrick would have been a little further to the left, but that area offered no view at all now. Back in 1997 he could see houses on both sides of Church Street.

It’s a lovely picture. Thanks go to the late Patrick Manley for capturing this little known corner of the village and to the donors who gave it to the museum.

 

Knapp Farm Barns

June 29, 2015

People who live in what is now called White Horse Barns may like to see this photo of their homes, before conversion.

Knapp Farm Barns before conversion to White Horse Barns. The photo dates from 1997.

Knapp Farm Barns before conversion to White Horse Barns. The photo dates from 1997.

This photo, obviously not taken in ideal conditions, dates from about 1997, soon before the conversion into homes took place.

It is recognisably the same place, albeit it is a much tidier environment now. The conversion was very sympathetic to the original lines and purpose of the building.

 

 

Easterton Parish Council in 1997

January 30, 2015

We believe this photo was taken to mark the 90th birthday of Tom Jefferies.

Easterton Parish Council celebrate Tom Jefferies 90th birthday

Easterton Parish Council celebrate Tom Jefferies 90th birthday

Tom is the man seated in front. He certainly doesn’t look as old as 90 – perhaps the result of a fit and active life.

But he was born in Urchfont in 1907 (or Erchfont as his father wrote it on the 1911 census). For a long time this man – carpenter and builder – could have been called Mr Easterton. He died a couple of years after the photo was taken in 1999.

The other people in the photo (from left to right) are Sue Allen, not known, June Jones, Susan Deegan, Tony Doyle, Ray Kelsey and Keith Jensen.

It’s good to report that many of these people are still active in local life. Two of them volunteer as museum stewards.

And we are able to keep a record of the Parish Council for Easterton from 1997 which is 18 years ago as this is written.

Harry Greening Poems

August 9, 2013

We have met Harry before on this blog – he was the cricket and gardening loving headmaster of Lavington School. Harry the poet we are less familiar with but in 1997 Harry privately published a couple of his poems. One imagines it was done as a gift for family and friends.

Two poems written by Harry Greening, Headmaster of Lavington School

Two poems written by Harry Greening, Headmaster of Lavington School

Only 25 copies were printed, one of which has been given to Market Lavington Museum.

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And now the poems.

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How good to have a different memory of Harry.

Library Ticket – old style

February 9, 2013

It is good to report that Market Lavington still has a library and it is still supported by what we now call Wiltshire Council.  As a result of recent cost cutting measures, there was a choice. Either the library would close or it would be run by volunteers. Good old Market Lavington produced enough volunteers and the library still operates.

But not with tickets like this! Most of us will remember the days when we had three or four tickets like this. When we took a book out, a card kept in the book was slotted into the ticket. The library then stored ticket and card in a rack

Old style library ticket belonging to a borrower at Market Lavington Library

Old style library ticket belonging to a borrower at Market Lavington Library

When you returned your book, the card was put back in that and you got your reader’s ticket back so that you could borrow another book. It was a simple and effective system, now replaced by computer technology.

As we can see, the ticket we have belonged to a White Street resident.