Posts Tagged ‘2000’

Millennium Photos

July 28, 2016

A millennium project in Market Lavington was to photograph everybody (or as many people asd possible) outside their house or premises. We have the photos in the museum and they provide a snapshot of who was where in the year 2000.

So here we have Mr Parker, the pharmacist, outside his shop on the corner of Market Place and High Street.

Mr Parker outside his chemist's shop in the year 2000

Mr Parker outside his chemist’s shop in the year 2000


Up until about 1960 this site had a different building which had been, amongst other things, a café, a Post Office and a bank. The old Tudor buildings were pulled down to make way for the expanding Wiltshire Agricultural Engineering business. This spot often had a brand new Massey Fergusson tractor parked on it as a kind of advert but the general area was a car park for the company. The new shops and Rochelle Court were built in the late 1980s.

These premises are still a chemist’s shop.

But back in 2000 the volunteer photographer also took a shot of Mr Parker in the shop.


and behind the prescriptions counter

Now that photo didn’t make the cut as it were – we have a negative but not a print. But we think it is good to see what the inside of a shop was like. It’s definitely one to keep for future generations.

A View from the Church in 1914

May 12, 2015

Photographers do like to climb the church tower to take photos of the surroundings. This one was taken by a member of the Burgess family back in 1914.

A Burgess postcard view from Market Lavington church tower

A Burgess postcard view from Market Lavington church tower

It is just a thought as to what equipment had to be carted up the spiral staircase and ladder needed to open the trap door to the roof of the tower.

At the heart of this photo is Knapp Farm.

Knapp Farm

Knapp Farm

The house, of course, still stands but no farm is associated with it any more. The barns have been converted into a complex of dwellings known as White Horse Barns.

Limekiln Farm at the top of Lavington Hill

Limekiln Farm at the top of Lavington Hill

This photo has been stretched a bit far but it shows another farm – Limekiln Farm which was situated near the top of Lavington Hill quite close to where the reservoir is today. We can see the chalky road leading up Lavington Hill. No wonder many similar roads earned the name of White Street.

Church Street roof line and The Muddle

Church Street roof line and The Muddle

In this closer selection we look over the former pub (The Drummer Boy) and 21 Church Street and can see houses on The Muddle as well.

Let’s finish with a similar but more modern view.

Similar view in the year 2000

Similar view in the year 2000

This dates from the year 2000 and was taken by Maurice Baker.




January 8, 2015

Flax is a field crop not grown all that much locally although we understand that the need for cloth – linen is made from flax – meant much more was grown during World War II.

In more recent years flax made something of a comeback and its gentle blue flowers, for many of us, compared very favourably with the garish yellow of the oil seed rape.

Here we see a field of flax in the year 2000.

Flax growing in Market Lavington in the year 2000

Flax growing in Market Lavington in the year 2000

This field, behind the former petrol station where Shires Close now stands, had once been the village ‘rec’ or recreation ground

This field had once been the village Recreation Ground

This field had once been the village Recreation Ground

It’s a pretty looking crop so it’s rather a shame it isn’t grown more.

The View from the Church

April 18, 2013

The title of this blog is also the title of a one year only display for 2013 at the museum. We are displaying fairly modern photos taken by Maurice Baker, a lifelong village resident who, sadly, died recently. As a bell ringer and one time captain of the tower, Maurice had access and, from time to time, climbed out onto the tower roof to record the changes in the village (much against his wife’s wishes, it should be added). The main part of our display features photos Maurice took in 1981 and then again in 2000. They show huge changes, particularly in the view to the North. Here’s the 1981 photo.

View North from Market Lavington Church in 1981

View North from Market Lavington Church in 1981

We look over the church yard and then into some fields which were a part of Grove Farm. To the left we have the woods below Canada Rise with a few Spin Hill houses just peering over the trees as well as some on Canada Rise. The bulk of the houses we see are on Northbrook and Northbrook Close. At the lowest level, in front of Northbrook we can see some houses and bungalows on Bouverie Drive. Beyond Northbrook we can follow the line of Drove Lane and see St Barnabas School.

And now to the year 2000.

A similar view over Market Lavington in the year 2000

A similar view over Market Lavington in the year 2000

The big change, of course, is that the Grove Farm estate has been built. We are looking over the churchyard at Roman Way and Saxon Close and can also see houses on Ladywood. Looking beyond, to Northbrook, at least one brand new house has been built, whilst others have been extended outwards and upwards.

There’s twenty years of tree and shrub growth too. Back in 1981 was not so long after the devastating arrival of the Dutch elm bark beetle, killer of elm trees on a savage scale. By 2000 the scene really doesn’t look short of trees.

Maurice’s photos cover all directions. We have on display 8 photos for the two years featured to represent each of the eight main compass bearings but just below the main display there are other photos from the same or earlier years so further comparisons can be made.

There are many different displays and new exhibits in the museum this year. You really do need to visit your local museum to see everything.

A View from the Church Tower in 2000

January 4, 2013

A few days ago we published a photo taken by Maurice Baker. Maurice was on top of the church tower in 1981 and the picture we looked at showed a rather derelict Grove Farm and a thriving looking garage at The Spring.

Maurice was up the tower again on 11th August 2000. He took a dozen photos showing the panorama around the church tower. We have picked one which roughly matches the one we showed taken in 1981.

A view from Market Lavington church tower in the year 2000

The big differences are that buildings have gone. The garage site was, by the year 2000 just the concrete with foundation traces of buildings. Grove Farm has gone too. Again, all that remains is concrete, where the yard once was.

But there are new arrivals too. At the left hand edge we see one of the two new houses on the Chantry Mead site and on the little green area just before the old garage entrance there’s a sign telling motorists they are approaching a mini roundabout. Grove Road has been built, linking the bottom of Spin Hill with The Spring. We can just make out the roundabout.

This photo shows The Spring wending its way to West Lavington and we can pick out houses in that village in the distance.

Let’s remind ourselves of that 1981 photo before imagining the scene now.

Grove Farm and Haines’ Garage from Market Lavington church tower in 1981

The old garage site now has five houses on it – Shires Close. We’d be looking over the top of the Community Hall at those houses and we’d almost certainly see cars in the hall car park for the hall is almost always in use.

It’s probably time for another set of church tower photos.